Before you say "adios" to your college campus, there are a few things you can do to better prepare yourself for the next phase of your life. Follow the tips below to save time, money and frustration in the months following your graduation:

  • Settle Your Debts – Your school may withhold your diploma if you have any pending tuition charges, academic holds or fines. Don't let some silly library fee prevent you from fully enjoying your graduation experience!
  • Gather Letters of Reference – Ask a few professors or your campus employer if they would be willing to write reference letters on your behalf. These will come in handy when you begin applying for jobs or internships.   
  • Get Copies of Your College Transcripts – It is much quicker and easier to get your transcripts while you are still on campus. Hit up the registrar's office on your way out of town.
  • Solidify Your Personal Network - Whether through social media sites or your college's alumni association, make sure you get the necessary information to maintain the personal and professional connections you have cultivated during your college career. Your fellow alums can be a great resource for employment opportunities and career advice.