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Preparing for your Last Year of College

Bergen Community College // Russ DeSantis Photography and Video, LLC

By Daniela Gomez, Social Media Manager

Preparing for the first year of college can be a handful, but attending your final year can be just as stressful. Some students don’t know how to prepare for their last year of college. From graduation, to continuing their studies or entering the workforce, these are events that one has to look forward to and plan for while finishing their studies. Here are some tips to pave the way for students and help them succeed in their last year of college.  

Before starting your last year of college here at Bergen, it’s important to keep yourself updated on graduation requirements. Refresh your memory by either going to Academic Counseling, located in room A118, or by checking online on Bergen Portal in Self Service. Depending on the field of work you’ll be in or the amount of job offers you’ll receive, ask yourself if you want to continue towards a graduate degree program or if you’d rather go for an undergraduate degree. If the first option is to your liking, now would be the perfect opportunity to begin scheduling and applying to graduate schools.

Throughout the school year, it is essential to start brainstorming what companies you want to apply to. Creating a list of several companies’ contact information is a great way of keeping yourself organized and knowing the their background information ahead of time. 

Payments are a bummer and saving money will be your best friend. Staying on track with upcoming monthly financial aid payments will make it easier to not stay in debt once you graduate; even if there are six or seven months left to pay for your loans. 

Once you’ve graduated, many jobs require one to two years of experience. Internships are key to helping you develop experience and practical skills before starting as a full-time employee in any profession. Try to land a part-time job that is similar or apply for any particular internships that are related to your chosen career. By adding experiences such as these, your resumé will look twice as captivating than from other potential employees. 

If any student has any questions or concerns in regards to academic advising, the Office of Student Counseling is located in the Pitkin Education Center, Room A118. Their phone number is (201) 612- 5480. You can also reach them by email at Their office is open during these hours Monday and Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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