Six things you can do in your final sem to be totally ready for graduation

October 06, 2016
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The time has come my friends. The glorious taste of victory is only a few months away, where you’ll don your cap and gown, walk across the stage of destiny and be free from the burdens of uni life. But how do you make sure you’re prepared enough for the big day? It has to be magical, after all. Well don’t fret, because your friendly neighbourhood me is here with some advice on how to make the most of your pre-grad experience.

Try being the most obnoxious person in your lecture just to see what it’s like

You know all those questions you’ve been holding back because you didn’t want the judging eyes of the entire lecture hall on you for interrupting class? Now is the time to let loose. With graduation only a few months away, you can be as obnoxious as you want and you’ll probably never see the people in your lecture ever again.

Slurp your coffee, eat the most fragrant meal you can find in class or channel your inner dweeb; just do whatever it is you’ve always wanted to do in a lecture but have been too polite to. There’s no time like the present.

Organise the most ridiculous grad outfit you can think of

Think feathers, sequins and the most fabulous shade of neon green you can find. Graduation is your big day, eclipsing your blurry eighteenth by a long-shot and perhaps even overshadowing your wedding day.

Graduation is the day you throw off the shackles of endless assignments and constant brain-drain and step out into the light of the real world where people actually have free time on weekends. You’ll want to celebrate it in style – or at least in a way that’ll make the Absolutely Fabulous crew cry with joy. Go big or go home should be your motto here.

Tell your class mates how much you’re going to miss them

The lead up to graduation is a time to reflect and be thankful for your squad. They are the ones who got you through your worst moments and the ones who were there when you really wanted to go to trivia night at the pub.

But don’t forget about the countless people you’ve sat next to in class and made small talk with. Whether it was about assignments, how your tutor always wears the same outfit (true story) or how epic the last season of Stranger Things was, those people deserve your gratitude too.

Secretly gloat to your friends who aren’t graduating

Sure, it’s nice to reflect and be grateful and all that jazz, but don’t miss an opportunity to rub it in to those suckers who still have another year or two left. While you’re jetting away from the gates of hell on the wings of post-grad opportunity, these friends remain in a perpetual spiral of misery. Hey, you only graduate once, make the most of it.

Set in motion all those pranks you’ve been dying to do

Who cares about the threat of expulsion when you’re on your way to receiving the piece of paper you’ve worked so hard for? If you’ve always wanted to try the ol’ dishwashing detergent in the campus fountain trick, go for it. Wonder what would happen if you nominated Harambe as the next undergraduate representative to your uni’s senate? You legend.

There’s nothing wrong with a little bit of harmless shenanigans, as long as you don’t seriously affect your fellow non-graduating students – or get caught. Go forth and be silly, just don’t go too crazy. We still want you to graduate at the end of the day.

Have a family feast comprised only of junk food you can buy at uni

There will always be a special place in our hearts for the nourishing deliciousness of eating greasy hot chips every day until payday, but your last family dinner at uni should be something special. Pool together a worthy budget and feast on all the junk food you can find at your uni’s cafeteria while reminiscing about the good old days.

Graduation and the real world is going to be one more big adventure, but don’t feel bad for thinking you’re going to miss this. You can always come back as a post-grad student!

Shannon Coward

Shannon Coward is a third year Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Arts student at the University of Queensland. She enjoys period dramas, doughnuts and a good nap.