Senior Must Do List
PREPARING TO GRADUATE
• Keep an eye on your TCU email for the Senior Bucket List newsletter from TCU Alumni Relations! It will provide you with timely reminders and information about how, when, and where you can get the most out of the senior year.
• Get ahead on the many things to do in preparing for graduation! Visit the Commencement Page, and the Registrar’s Graduation Page to make sure you don’t overlook anything.
• Get a copy of the Almost Alumni handbook at the Information Desk of the Brown-Lupton University Union.
• Leave your Senior Legacy and honor those who have added meaning to your college experience.
• The senior year is a time to celebrate accomplishments, friendships, family, and new beginnings. You can contact Alumni Relations about joining in these traditional celebrations for TCU seniors:
• The TCU Ring Ceremony on Family Weekend
• Senior Toast & Fiesta, usually on the Wednesday following Final Exam Day each fall and spring semester
BECOMING ALUMNI AND RELOCATING
• You are a Horned Frog for life! Everywhere you go, other Horned Frogs will recognize you as a member of the TCU family. Personal and professional networking is one of our most important traditions, and TCU Alumni Relations can help you join in. Visit their website full of information on alumni chapters and groups around the world, the Alumni Career Network, and special events.
• Relocating after college poses many challenges, including financial, social, and contractual factors. The logistics of moving and the necessity of making adjustments in relationships often stir feelings of hesitation, uncertainty, and sadness to go along with all the excitement, hope, and sense of adventure. Many offices at TCU can be supportive in helping you manage these changes, like Student Development Services, Alumni Relations, Career Services, Religious and Spiritual Life, and the Counseling Center. Visit or contact them to ask how they can help. Also, check out the free online services CareerOneStop Relocation Center.
• For students seeking full-time employment after college, the first semester of the senior year is the time to fully engage the search process. The professionals in Career Services can help you develop first-class job search skills, like resume writing, interviewing, networking, and more.
• Whether you plan to work, go to graduate school, or do both, internships are extremely valuable. You’ll develop valuable skills and professional networks. Even if you’ve already had one, adding an internship to your resume is a great move in the senior year.
• Learn valuable tips for career success and connect with alumni at Senior (Dis)Orientation in the fall semester.
• Meet employers in many fields of business, health, science, and education at the Career & Internship Expo held each fall and spring semester.
• Many seniors are entering a phase of life where the knowledge and skills of money management are vital both personally and professionally.
• Attend Money Talks seminars offered through Student Development Services. Topics vary and range from basic budgeting to credit scores, credit cards, and paying back student loans.
• Seniors may find themselves in need of last minute assistance with the costs of college. Talk with someone in the Financial Aid Office to learn about what’s available.
• Find out if your department offers senior seminars or capstone courses. They can be a great way to focus on summarizing and refining your academic knowledge and skills in ways that are of great value to employers and in graduate studies.
•Seek out opportunities to assist with the research of a professor or graduate student.
• Check with your academic advisor to make sure you are completing all requirements and are on track toward graduation.
• Ask the professors who best know you for feedback about you as a student, and about ways to continue growing as a lifelong learner.
• If you want to go to graduate school, and haven’t already begun the process, check out all the resources and assistance available through Career Services.
HEALTH & WELLNESS
• The senior year is often a time when stress levels can rise with increased academic demands, living off campus, and the many other personal, social, and career changes students’ must manage. Get plenty of sleep, eat healthy food, and exercise regularly. Campus Recreation has many helpful programs.
• Have a personal or family issue that’s making it difficult to get your schoolwork done? Talk to one of the Campus Life Deans. They can help.
• Concerned about coping with something? Feeling tense, worried, anxious, or down? The caring professionals at the TCU Counseling Center are skilled at helping seniors navigate the challenges of this time in life.
• Got some big questions on your mind? Religious and Spiritual Life might be a good place to get open-minded support in finding your own answers.
• Worried about a friend? Visit the Counseling Center’s website and also get information about the “R U Okay?” initiative.
• Don’t forget that the Brown-Lupton Health Center welcomes students at no charge for non-emergency situations.
• Get your annual flu shot for free! Watch for details around campus in late September/early October.
ENGAGING WITH OTHERS IN NEW WAYS
• The senior year can be a wonderful time to share your hard-won wisdom with others and refine your leadership skills. Apply for leadership roles in programs like Frog Camp, Orientation, Connections, Leadership for Life, or Frogs First.
• It’s not too late to volunteer and invest yourself more deeply in the Fort Worth community! Visit Community Involvement & Service Learning (CISL). CISL can direct you to current volunteer opportunities, student service organizations, and numerous service-oriented programs throughout the academic year.
• If you haven’t yet joined a student organization focused on your particular interests, doing so this year could be personally and professionally rewarding. TCU has approximately 200 student organizations. Visit the Student Organizations website for a list of orgs, or login and join the Find Your Fit group to get information about orgs that might interest you.
• Serve the TCU student body through involvement in the Student Government Association (SGA) as a House of Representatives member. SGA reps seek out student opinions, work on solutions, and strive to improve the TCU student experience.