posted 2012-03-22 00:03:22

My Attempt To Graduate

What to do while you wait

Anna Serio

Staf Writer

It’s always around this time of the semester when you realize you probably should have just read a book instead of registering for that class you thought would be awesome. That promise you made yourself to never be absent or to always do all of the reading is starting to nag at you. Because who wants to work now? I know I don’t want to do anything. Luckily seniors don’t have that much to worry about—that is assuming that you’ve turned in your degree audit application (DAAF) to Oasis already. It seems like all we have to do is sit and wait for everything to be processed. Of course, that’s not true. Here are four things you should do before everything gets annoying again:

1. RSVP to graduation. Assuming your degree is successfully audited, you will graduate on May 29 this year, at the Jacob K Javits center (that’s a Tuesday for those of you were wondering). You will get two tickets, but you can also sign up for a lottery for one more when you RSVP. You also get to vote for the graduation song when you RSVP. If you didn’t get an email from the “Commencement Committee” inviting you to RSVP to graduation, go to their website anyway, your deadline is April 19. You are also going to forget. Do it now.

2. Think about graduate school. Some people have already applied to graduate school, others are not so sure, others are totally against it. I was planning on taking a year off, but my degree in creative writing only really qualifies me to work in a bookstore (which I love, let me tell you, but I can’t do it forever). As a result, I’ve come to the conclusion that a year is probably too long. If you’re considering going into a certain field but aren’t sure which schools to apply to, talk to someone in that department. In addition to knowing about schools, they will have a better idea of you how to make you appear to be a strong applicant. Also, they’ll probably know about scholarships that your adviser doesn’t know about.

Before you do anything like ask for recommendations, try writing a few drafts of your statement(s) of purpose. Even when you know exactly what you want to do, this part can be difficult. Sometimes what you want to study changes when you write it down, so try to go through this process before rather than after you present your professors with a vague idea of wanting to study. If you’re forced to answer these questions, both you and your recommenders will have a far stronger idea of what you want to do and why you want to do it. If you know what you want you’ll get a stronger recommendation.

3. Think about jobs. Even if you’ve never had a job before, you will need one very soon. This can be terrifying, especially when you don’t know where to start. For general aid, go to Career Development Services (805 Hunter East). They will help you with almost everything, from job search to interviewing skills. If you’re looking for something more specific, again, go to the department you’re interested in and talk to an adviser. Often employers try to recruit through departments if they are looking for someone with expertise in a particular field.

4. Don’t be confused by weird things. For example, the other day I was looking at Hunter’s events calendar, and I noticed that they listed a deadline to file “intent to graduate on web.” What? Upon further investigation, I found that it is in fact impossible to file “intent to graduate” online because that feature of e-sims has been deactivated. In other words: don’t worry about it.

Overall, just try not to fall into that senior slump, because laziness will distract you from the task on hand.