How to Successfully Prepare for Graduation

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With the end of the semester approaching faster and faster, seniors are finishing up the final steps for graduation.  Whether you’re a senior about to graduate, a junior trying to get ready for your final year, or a sophomore looking to plan ahead, here are some important steps to remember and tricks for getting them done!

1. Print out a checklist for all of your major, minor, and general education requirements.

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Check off all the courses you’ve already taken or are currently in, and figure out what you have left.  Then add up all the credits and make sure you know how many credits you need to reach your graduation minimum.  For most undergraduate programs it is around 120 credits, but make sure to double-check and plan accordingly so you graduate on time!

2. Figure out your cumulative GPA at this point in your college career.

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Figure out what you need to do to reach the GPA you want by the end of your final semester.  This can just be a personal goal for you or if you’re planning on going to Grad School it’s important to know what the programs you’re planning on applying to require.

3. Take advantage of your adviser’s help.  

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Academic advisers are there to help you stay on track to graduate and can be great resources if you have questions about Grad School and career tracks.

4. Register for graduation on time!  

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Make sure you pay attention to the deadline and whatever you need to bring with you/send in to register.  If not, you’re probably going to be charged a late fee!

 5. Go to your campus’s career services office.

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An important step of graduation preparation is post-graduation planning.  You want to be prepared for what comes after you get your diploma.  Don’t put it off until you’re out of school; ideally you’ll have a job or graduate program lined up so you’re not stuck worrying about not knowing what you’re going to do.

6. Mark your calendar!

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Figure out the dates of your departmental graduation ceremony and the larger convocation ceremony as soon as possible (these dates are usually made available during the Spring semester of the previous year in the Academic Calendar).  Then let your family/friends/whoever you want to attend know so they can plan for it.  If they need to travel, book a hotel, or take off from work, it will be much easier if they have advanced notice.

 7. Order your cap and gown!  

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Your school will likely send a graduation packet home in the mail so make sure you meet all the ordering and RSVP deadlines.

8. Make sure you don’t slack during your last semester.

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Make sure you keep your grades where they need to be and prepare for finals.  You don’t want any last minute surprises and you certainly don’t want to fail a class and have to come back for another semester.

 9. Relax!

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Once you’ve done everything you need to do, relax and enjoy your last moments as an undergrad!  Graduation can be a very emotional and stressful time for a lot of college students, so stay on top of it and relax once you’re in the home stretch.  Spend time with your friends and appreciate your relatively limited responsibilities because adulthood is just around the corner!

Final Four Predictions, Courtesy of Puppies

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It’s everybody’s favorite time of the year! March Madness! The Final Four is this Saturday! With four fantastic teams up against each other it’s a serious toss up who will come out on top. What better way to predict the outcome than with puppies! Enjoy!

Did you agree with the puppies predictions for the Final Four? Comment and tell us who you would have liked to see win!

How to Transition into Spring!

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Now that it is finally spring, its time to transition from the cold and gloomy winter into the warm and sunny spring time. Here are some ways you can change into the new season.

Time to Spring Clean!

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Things you can do to spring clean can include getting rid of old clothes that you no longer wear anymore and donating them, throwing away assignments from previous class that you don’t need anymore, and organizing all your schoolwork.

Exercise Outdoors!

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Now that the weather is warming up, you can now transition your exercises from inside at the gym to the beautiful outdoors. Enjoy the sunshine while its there!

 Spring Wardrobe!

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Shed your heavy winter coats and boots and update your wardrobe into lighter and more colorful clothes. Since the weather is getting warmer, it is suggested to wear clothes that have fabric that breathes well.

How to Successfully Prepare for Midterms

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Preparing for midterms is extremely important if you hope to ace this year of college.  Read the suggested steps to successfully prepare for midterms below.

1. Re-read your assigned chapters form your textbooks and notes.

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You might have forgotten some details or did not understand the material the first time around. It is a good idea to refresh your memory. The importance of refreshing is studying 101.

2. Study in groups.

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You can help out your classmates by sharing ideas about the subject and they can help you understand something that was possibly unclear in class. You can also be more motivated to study with others because they can push you to show up and stay focused. The benefits of group study are plenty.

3. Do not procrastinate. 

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You have heard this before and it could not be more true. Give yourself enough time to take in the material and do NOT leave studying to the last minute because you will most likely not remember when you need to know for your exams. You do not want to be rushing while studying and pulling an all-nighter since you want to get enough sleep. Studies have shown that all-nighters can be detrimental to your performance and health.

Net Neutrality- Open Internet Approved

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Net Neutrality RegulationsThe Federal Communications Commission approved the policy of net neutrality for open access to the Internet.  It was a 3-2 vote. Internet service providers like Verizon, AT&T, and among others can now be regulated by the Federal Government to abide by new net neutrality rules. These rules would require all legal content to be treated equally by these providers.

“The Internet is the most powerful and persuasive platform on the planet.  It’s simply too important to be left without rules and without a referee on the field,” said FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler.

With net neutrality, Internet service providers cannot favor or block certain websites.  Net neutrality means open Internet and allows for small business and start-ups to advertise their services with a fair playing field.

What are your thoughts on this topic? Not sure you really understand it? Read What is net neutrality and what does it do for me? on www.USAToday.com.