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The Resolve: 4 New Year's Resolutions for College Seniors

Posted by Aaron Seckar on Mon, Jan 12, 2015 @ 09:01 AM

Spoiler alert: No, I am not sitting next to you right now. But I do know that there have been two or three "resolutions" that have crossed your mind leading up to 2015, about which by now, mid-January, you've told yourself..."I guess I really don't need to change that" or "it's too cold/hot/busy/empty/far/close/early/late to go to the gym/workout/eat better." It happens to the best of us, and I know at least for me that it happens every year.

For college students, change is always constant, whether it is planned or not: new friends, new classes, new assignments, and before you know it, you've graduated and you're at a new place with a new job working for a new boss and new coworkers. It can all move pretty quickly, so here are four new year's resolutions applicable for any college student, but specifically for college seniors, to make your last semester everything that it should be while also easing the transition from college life to the real world.

4. Build/perfect your resume

I can't really stress this one enough. Your resume is how all potential employers will judge you. Sure, you can knock the job interview out of the park and leave thinking for sure that you got the job. But when your interviewer looks at all the candidates that applied for the position, he or she might not always remember how you interviewed and will have to reference your resume. Having a bold and polished resume leaves a lasting impression.

3. Make sure to thank everyone who has helped you achieve all that you have accomplished

This resolution can be applied at any point in your life. However, as a senior college student, it is especially relevant. Graduating college is no easy task and unless you know secrets unbeknownst to the rest of the world, you didn't make it to the end without the help of someone... be it parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, professors, advisors, coaches, or even your best friends. Take a moment to stop and tell them thank you. It will likely mean more to them than you think.

2. It's not too late to make (or lose) friends

Senior activities and senior week are a blast and will bring you together with fellow students that you might have never met. Instead of judging them, enjoy everyone's company. Personally, I met just as many people during the second semester of my senior year as I did coming in my freshman year. 


On the flip side, your senior year may be the last impression that your friends will remember you by until you see them again. Make sure not to graduate making that impression sour through an argument or a silly incident that causes a rift between you and your friends.

1. Enjoy your last semester! 

Don't let anyone fool you: the real world is a great place, but it doesn't hold a candle to the college lifestyle. One of my professors always told the class, "When you work, do work. When you play, play." It seems to be simple and common sense, but think about it. How often are you working on an assignment while being distracted by your phone or watching tv? On the flip side, how often do you find yourself doing something you enjoy and thoughts of "I really should be doing this" pop into your head. There is always time for both, so this semester, try to keep a balance between the two. 

Everyone's college experience is unique, but aiming to keep these resolutions will ensure a regret-free and enjoyable experience for every college student.

Topics: alumni advice, Aaron Seckar

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Jessica Kennedy

My name is Jessica Kennedy. I graduated from SVC in 2012 with a dual major in accounting and business management with a minor in international business. While at SVC I was on the swim team as well as being involved in SGA and SAAC. I am currently the Assistant Director of Business Affairs at the Naval Academy Athletic Association in Annapolis, Maryland, where I reside with my dog, Zoey. I also own my own photography company, KennedyPhotographyCo, where i display and sell my prints on Etsy. I still swim and have also taken up running and have ran over six half marathons in the last three years. 

Elizabeth Sosko

My name is Elizabeth Susko, and I am a 2015 graduate of Saint Vincent College (mathematics major with a secondary education certification). After Saint Vincent, I moved away and became a high school Math teacher in the Northern VA area. I couldnt imagine being where I am today and I hold some of that journey to being a Bearcat.  Cant wait to share my daily adult life (post-undergrad) experiences with you!

Megan DePrimio

Hello there! My name is Megan DePrimio, and I am a 2013 graduate of Saint Vincent College (communication major and English minor). I also have a master’s degree in sports management from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. After grad school, I became an athletics marketing intern at the University of Notre Dame and I now work in Development. Every day I am amazed at the path I have been on since I was a young Bearcat. Even the planner in me couldn’t have forecasted this journey! Happy to be here. 


Allyson Lambert graduated from Saint Vincent in December 2013 with a degree in finance. She currently works in the Financial Leadership Development (FLD) Program at PPG Industries in Reno, Nevada.