Campus Life

7 things you MUST do before graduating

by Jamie Brackpool

Later Gator!

For many of us, graduation is just around the corner. For me, that means leaving school for the first time in almost 17 years. It’s a scary thought! What will the real world be like? Will I find a job? Dare I say it, but will I actually miss classes?

If you are graduating, chances are you are asking yourself the same questions. That’s why it’s important to make the most of your time left at school. Here are seven things you MUST do before graduating:

Take advantage of student discounts

Although paying for rent, groceries, and tuition all while trying to have a social life makes it hard to be a student, it comes with some benefits. Many places offer discount rates if you flash your student card, so make sure you take advantage of these offers when you have the chance.

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Visit the Career Centre

After graduation you have one of two choices, find a job or go back to school. Whatever choice you make, the Career Centre will be a great resource. Make sure you visit the location on your campus. They will fix up your resume and help you navigate the job portal.

Lakeshore Career Centre

Spend time with friends

I’m not saying you will never see your friends again after school but you won’t see them as much as you do on campus. Once the 9-5 grid starts it will be harder to find the time. Make sure you take advantage of the time you have with them. Use your student discounts to go see movies and concerts. Make memories!

Several friends have a campfire on a beach

Focus on school and learn

Of course it is important to have fun at school, but first and foremost you are here to learn. Take advantage of the education you pay for so you’re ready for your first day of your career. Finish your last year strong – who knows, in a few years you may want to come back and do your Masters.

Student walking down isle of a library

Use your gym membership

If you are a student at Humber or Guelph-Humber, you are lucky enough to have a free gym membership. Lakeshore’s new facility is decked out with tons of amazing equipment and the gyms have awesome group fitness classes. for you to keep fit. It is also a great way to start getting in shape for the summer.

Picture from across the street of Lakeshore's athletic centre

Get your grad photos taken

You will have tons of memories after you graduate, but your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, ex-babysitters, and other distant relatives will be asking for grad photos. Grad photos are the perfect way to capture your college experience. Book your grad photos now, and check out our advice on how to take the perfect grad picture!

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Have fun

As you come to the end of your semester essays will be due, group projects will pile up, and final exams will come and go. During this time it is important to have fun and enjoy yourself. You want your time in college to be a good one! IGNITE Gala is just around the corner, and this is the perfect way to go all out before you graduate!

Two female friends lay on a car

If you follow these tips your last few weeks at college will be useful, fun, and memorable! Good luck out there!