Maximizing your final college semester

Posted on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 by Nicole Fracasso

The final semester of college is often associated with the term “senioritis.” This is when a student assumes they have nothing to lose and start slacking in their coursework. But here’s a newsflash: Grades do matter, writes Christine Smith, accounting professor at Tulane University.

In a recent article from Accounting Today, Smith offers three methods to making the most of your final semester.

First, she says to “finish strong and do your job.” Instead of attempting to coast your way to commencement, finish your coursework as if the job offer isn’t on the table.

“If you read the fine print of your full-time job offer, you’ll see that it is contingent on the successful completion of your coursework and fulfillment of degree requirements,” writes Smith.

Second, Smith recommends reflecting on your past relationships with faculty and peers and make the effort to meet up with them throughout the semester. Make sure to thank them for their guidance and mentorship over the years, she says.

“You never know where life will take you or whom you might need to turn to in the future for a job reference, career advice or simply someone to talk to,” writes Smith. “Cultivating your past relationships is a smart idea.”

Lastly, Smith says to look ahead as well. She recommends reaching out to some of the professionals you’ve met during internships and recruiting processes to ask for advice. For example, she advises readers to ask the following questions:

  • “How has your specific career path unfolded thus far?”
  • “What was the most difficult aspect of your transition from college to work?”
  • “What’s the ‘state of the office’ (i.e., new clients, new service lines, etc.)?
  • “What specific advice do you have so that I can set myself up to succeed?”

All in all, students that choose the accounting profession have selected a career with endless opportunities, writes Smith.  Start embracing those opportunities now! For more advice from Smith, click here to read the article in full. 


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