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Keeping it Together After Spring Break

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Chapel Hill chapter.

For those of you that have just kissed the rays of Spring Break goodbye, coming back to school or work can be disappointing… to say the least. Even if you’re excited to be back on campus, getting into the routine of going to class, turning in assignments, and doing extracurricular activities may seem like foreign concepts by the end of a well-deserved break. You may already know that it’s important to keep up your work, but neglecting your obligations, doing the bare minimum to skirt by, or just giving into senioritis may actually end up biting you in the rear end.

Experiencing symptoms of senioritis may be right of passage for our senior college students, but for those of you still in the undergraduate realm of the college struggle, please let me be clear. If you are not a senior, don’t forget that this is not the end. I repeat: this is not the end. You cannot forget about classes or other outside commitments you eagerly pursued at the beginning of the year only to let them be forgotten at the end. Finish as strong as you started!

Spring break is only a glance of what the summer has to offer. While some of you may have taken the opportunity to better the world (I’m talking to you, Service-Learning folks), others may have splashed it up in Panama City Beach for the week. Regardless, the summer is a great time to strengthen your resume while also having a good time. However, this can only happen if you are preparing for it! If you don’t have your summer plans set, you still have time to complete those applications. Check out career sites like InternQueen and Internships.com to find your perfect internship or part-time job — it’s not too late! Just remember that you may need recommendations from your professors or employers, so slacking off at the very end is not a good idea.

Fighting senior.. I mean.. junior or sophomore-itis is especially important because you will be returning to school in the fall. You haven’t finished your undergraduate career, and you need to focus on making efficiency and consistency a primary factor in your life. Not only is it a good idea to get into the habit of being consistent and doing things well, but also you’re sure to stand out from your peers if you’re not slacking like everyone else. Besides, you’ll especially want to maintain your GPA for your future endeavors (hello, grad-school)!

So c’mon collegiettes! Get those applications in and your study grind on for these last few weeks of spring semester!

Elise McGlothian is a Junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She plans to graduate in 2016 with a degree in Broadcast Electronic Journalism. Since starting her collegiate life, Elise has decided to pursue a career a Television and Entertainment Producer so she can spread messages of self-respect, share the hardships and triumphs of others and become a resource to all. 
Megan McCluskey is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. with Distinction in Journalism and Mass Communication, and a second major in French. She has experience as a Campus Correspondent and Contributing Writer for Her Campus, a Public Relations Consultant for The V Foundation, an Editorial Assistant for TV Guide Magazine and Carolina Woman magazine, a Researcher for MTV, and a Reporter and Webmaster for the Daily Tar Heel. She is an obsessive New England Patriots and Carolina basketball fan, and loves spending time with her friends and family (including her dogs), going to the beach, traveling, reading, online shopping and eating bad Mexican food.