It doesn’t seem like all too long ago that I first walked onto the Nyack College campus during orientation as a boisterous, overconfident freshman ready to conquer anything and everything that college had to offer. In the three years since that day my confidence has not been quelled, but it has been strengthened and matured. As I start getting ready to graduate and enter my last semester as a student of Nyack College, I find that I need that confidence more and more. Just as in my senior year of high school, I can feel “senioritis” lurking in the back of my mind. If you are getting ready to graduate, it can be difficult to stay focused and finish strong, but with determination and attention to detail you can be prepared to graduate when the time comes.
The first thing to do when you are getting ready to graduate is to make sure that you will be able to take all of the classes that you need for your major. Connect with Registrar to verify what classes you still have left to take and to make sure that they are offered in the time you have remaining until graduation. I had an issue with this before the Fall 2013 semester began, but thankfully Registrar contacted me when the issue arose. Because I failed to verify what classes I still needed, I registered for classes that I didn’t need and didn’t register for classes that I did need. For those reading this whom are soon to graduate, it is better to be proactive about what classes you still need to take so that you don’t run into the problems that I did.
You may find that the classes you still need are not being offered when you need them. I ran into this problem as well. There are two ways to remedy this: independent studies and modifications of program. With independent studies, you can take required courses that have been offered previously when they are not being offered currently. If you are considering an independent study, be aware that they entail more self-motivation and a lot more writing than a class taught in the classroom. A modification of program, or MOP, is when one course fulfills your requirement to take a different course. For instance, if you are required to take biology but biology is not being offered again until after your planned date of graduation, you may be able to obtain an MOP to make a different science class fulfill your biology requirement. Keep in mind that you need the approval of both your academic advisor and your department head in order to get an MOP.
Getting ready to graduate requires careful preparation. The most important thing is to be proactive and not let “senioritis” get the best of you. Thankfully, I feel confident and ready to graduate. Be sure that you are ready, too.