As a senior in college, you have made it through some of the toughest parts of the college experience. However, that doesn’t mean you are completely over the hill. There is still some work to be done. This is especially the case if you plan on heading to graduate school, or if you have a job lined up right after college. The last thing you want is to coast by. If you go that route, you’ll really feel the consequences when you finally leave campus. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to really make the most of your senior year, so that you can make the most of life after college. Here are five tips for making the most of your senior year in college.

  1. Think About What’s Next

First and foremost, you want to think about what you want to do next. When you have a vague idea, you’ll want to start putting a plan into motion. For instance, if you want to use your business degree that you received from New England College, you may want to move to a big city and start looking for internships.

  1. Start Applying to Grad Schools

If your plan after your first four years of college is to enroll in a graduate program, you want to start applying. Grad schools are a lot more serious than four-year universities, because it’s where students really build the groundwork for the industry they want to be in. Moreover, students will be working hands on with people in the profession, so graduate schools can be quite intensive and competitive to get into. If you want to make the most of your last year in college, you’ll want to get ready for grad school.

  1. Save Your Money

On top of preparing for your next steps, you also want to start saving your money. When you graduate, your costs will start to skyrocket. This is mostly because you will have to find an apartment, and you will have higher living costs. On top of that, you will also have to start thinking about paying off your student loans, which could be mounting now that you are in your fourth year.

  1. Network and then Network Some More

Money aside, you will also have to start thinking about building your career and getting your foot in the door of the industry you want to be in. One of the best ways to get your foot in the door is to network. You’ll want to speak with industry professionals, you’ll want to pick your professors’ brains and you will want to visit networking events.

  1. Tie Up any Loose Credits

On top of everything, you want to make sure that you are completing all the classes that you need to complete to graduate. If you have a class or two that you need to take, you may want to squeeze them into your winter or summer break. In the end, you don’t want any surprises when it comes to getting your diploma.