For some of you students out there, the end of your university career is quickly creeping up on you so now is a perfect time to look at 5 things to do before you graduate.

Andrew Shue (Actor) says ‘Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college (university for us brits) once and that’s it, you’re going out of the nest and you have to find that courage that is deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.’

So once you’ve read this you should be all set and ready to throw that mortarboard into the air and begin the next dice roll of the most real game there is.

1.Explore Your City

Something a lot of people don’t appreciate until it’s too late is how amazing the city they’ve spent the last 3/4 years in is. So my first point would be to look at all the different things to do in your adopted second home and go and make the most of it. Try those weird little cafes or quirky attractions because the truth is once you leave you may never return and you don’t want to miss out on something incredible.

So go on Dora get out there and do some exploring.

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2. Plan your next steps

This is something I have started doing quite recently, but planning your next steps is really important, look at the different jobs you’d like to be doing and go through some specifications of skills they ask you to have and plan a way you can work towards them. So when you’re in those interview shortlists you aren’t in the pack, you’ll be leading it.

Steve Jobs (Late Apple CEO) said ‘Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.’

So get planning those next steps and make sure you get your chance to spend the next few decades doing something you love. It all starts with a plan.

3. Find Your Hobby

Finding the hobby you love before grad day in my opinion is also really important, Suddenly you’ll find time starts to vanish around your professional life so to have a hobby that you know each week you can look forward to doing is always going to be a positive.

On that note I haven’t even begun to mention how much employers value an applicant who isn’t just ‘work,work,work,work,work’ (Rihanna, 2016). It’s a win-win.

Remember not all hobbies are physical, so don’t forget to still find yours if sport isn’t your thing.

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4. Your Bucket List

A while ago I started to create myself a bucket list and clearly that is my fourth suggestion for you.

The reason I’m suggesting this is because no matter what stage you're at in your life you should always look to enjoy and push yourself and having a bucket list is a great way to see what your planning and achieving.

Dream, Believe, Achieve people! See what you have in store for yourself.

5. The Cliche Photo

Lastly the large majority of us will have that dreaded dissertation to do so once you have completed all of those strenuous word counts and irritating double checks don’t forget to take that cliche photo outside your faculty building.

Then whenever you feel like life is hitting you hard, you’ll only have to look back at that photo and you’ll know you can get through anything.

Well there you have my 5 recommendations, choose to use any, all or none. I aim to start all of my blogs with a quote and end with one to, so here you go;

Carol Burnett (Actress) stated ‘Only I can change my life, no one can do it for me’

So get out there and do your thing!

Daniel Chamberlain is a StudentJob blogger, and is currently studying Events Management at Bournemouth University with the hopes of progressing into the marketing industry. Check out his LinkedIn profile here!

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