1) Get organised
Buy yourself a planner, get some highlighters, and maybe some post-it notes. Final year can be stressful – so organise yourself now while you’re still feeling *relatively* calm.
2) Apply for jobs now
Yes it may be October, but some grad schemes have already opened for a July start date. Get on it as soon as you can so that you don’t end up back at home once you’ve graduate. Who wants to be complained at for not doing the household chores?
3) But it’s ok if you don’t know what you want to do when you graduate
As the song goes: The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives, Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don’t.
4) Don’t slack off lectures
Or at least try not to. They’re a bit more important this year – missing a lecture could mean you not being able to answer a whole essay question in the exam. Yikes.
5) Take care of yourself
Both mentally and physically. Final year is stressful, don’t overdo yourself.
6) Find the balance
Whether it’s a balance between uni work and socialising, or if you’ve got a part time job thrown in there too – balance is important. Make sure you still get to do things you want and don’t let essays and deadlines take over completely.
7) Get that internship
A week’s internship over Christmas? Take the opportunity! The more you do now, the easier it will come to applying to jobs.
8) Talk to people you never thought you would have
You’re older now, and mature. Talk to everyone you meet – they may turn out to be useful contacts in the future (even if it is just to help you with your dissertation reading).
9) Enjoy your last year
It’s the last time you’ll be able to acceptably sleep in until 1am on a Wednesday and eat beans on toast for dinner. Make the most of it.
10) And don’t worry
Final year may seem like the worst year, but it can actually be the best. Stay positive, you will graduate, you will get the grades you want and you will be able to anything you want after.