The Final Countdown: Making the Most of Your Last Semester

By: Kara O’Donnell, Communications & Digital Strategy Committee Member

As seniors approach the end of their last semester here at Penn Stat7007424286e, they find themselves questioning what anyone might. “How did this happen? Freshman year felt like yesterday.”

Spring semester of senior year can mean a lot of different things to different people. Some people may view it as a constant job search, while others may want to spend every opportunity with their friends who have turned into family over the past four years. It is vital to realize that our last semester can be a perfectly balanced combination of all of the above, and it is important to make the most out of our dwindling time here at Penn State. With so much to offer, it is imperative for students to be aware of the multiple opportunities available, if they are willing to pursue them.

Most of us have finished taking a lot of the required credits we need to graduate by the final semester. Instead of taking the minimum amount of credits and coasting your way through to the end, you should take extra classes within the College of Communications to expand your understanding of the field. Also, continue to stay actively involved with all of your organizations. View the extra room in your schedule as extra opportunities, not just extra work. Take a journalism class, learn new techniques and apply them to other areas of study.

One of the most important parts about your college experience is the people you spend your time with. From meeting friends over the years through different organizations, fraternities, sororities, and THON committees to those you lived with freshman year in the dorms, your final semester is about seizing the opportunities our school has to offer. It’s important to remember that we do not have to go about achieving this alone. Try to take the time to not only bond with friends, but also to take full advantage of our school’s opportunities and benefits. While encouraging one another and helping your peers stay motivated, remaining focused and involved will become easier and even more fun. The people we interact with daily, ranging from friends, roommates, classmates, and professors, can help us in more than one way. They can continue to teach us about ourselves. The way we choose to spend our months here can benefit us in our future personal and professional lives.

It is important to see the benefits of our time here, and recognize that our last semester does not mean that possibilities are ending, but are as readily still available to anyone else on campus, if we are willing to seize them. As an undergraduate, most of us are given four years at this university, and it is vital to make the most out of our time here before we advance to the next chapter of our lives.

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