Finals week. It’s the worst. Especially during Senior year, when not only do you have to study and deal with crippling feels associated with encroaching graduation, but you also have to maintain your sanity while everyone and their mother demands to know “what’s next for you” post grad. Understandably, you’ll need to take a few breaks.
You could procrastinate by getting lost in a pit of Buzzfeed advice on how to incorporate more cheese into your diet. OR you could procrastinate by helping Future You with tasks that will help get you a J-O-B. Here are some ideas:
Update your resume.
Have a resume? Great! Buff out its rough edges. Triple check for typos. Your brain will appreciate the break, and you’ll be saving yourself useful pre-interview time later. It’s also a great idea to update your resume while you’re still just minutes away from your campus’ career center, counselors, and trusted professors — great resources to turn to for resume building advice.
Buy resume paper.
It’s expensive, for paper. But it’s worth it. They may even sell it at your campus student store. When you’re rushing to a job fair or interview, you’re not going to want to worry about buying the paper and printing your resume. So, take a quick trip to Office Depot now.
Find a local networking event.
Grab that shiny resume (printed on your brand new resume paper) and put on your adult pants — it’s time to network. If you’re desperate for an evening off of studying, consider finding a networking event in your area. It’s a great way to get in the job-search mindset, make new connections, and maybe even score some free snacks. Ask your campus career center or consult the center’s website for a schedule of events and list of participating companies.
Shop for an interview outfit.
Calm those finals nerves by indulging in some productive retail therapy. Go out and search for a go-to interview outfit that you can count on. You’ll thank yourself later, and shopping for nice clothes is much more fun than studying, most of the time.
Have a great relationship with a professor? Director? Previous employer? Take a break from the books to ask them if they would be willing to be one of your references. You can start building a list of names and contact info that will save you time filling out job applications, and they’ll have ample heads up if you ever need a written recommendation down the road.
Try some self-reflection.
There’s something about finals week that amplifies emotion. Maybe it’s the stress, the sleep deprivation, or the late night donuts. Regardless, use this heightened emotional state and procrastinate with some self-reflection. What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? What makes you stand out? Who do you admire? Don’t stress about it — just jot some ideas down, even if they’re just notes. They’ll help you with interview preparation down the road and also give you something to moan about when you collapse in front of your desk after hour seven of wrestling with PowerPoint.