The Insider: 5 things to do before commencement

May 9, 2014 8:45 AM

Alicia Duplessis Jasmin

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The class of 2014 is just a few days away from the May 17 Tulane University Commencement ceremony at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Now is a good time for students to begin tying up the loose ends of college life before stepping out into the real world.


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Here are five things soon-to-be graduates can do to prepare for life after Tulane while awaiting their big day.

1. Start building a network.
Signing up for resources like Tulane Connect, made available by Alumni Affairs Career Services, will link you to a network of Tulane alumni around the world. You also should collect non-Tulane email addresses of fellow classmates who share similar career aspirations since everyone doesn’t take advantage of the Alumni Email for Life. It will be nice to keep in touch as years go by and you may find that you can help each other up the career ladder.

2. Gather a few references.

Professors with whom you’ve formed a bond should not be forgotten. Send a note to let them know how they’ve inspired you and ask if it would be okay to use them as a reference in the future. Assure them that you’ll give a heads-up when their names are being used so that a surprise call doesn’t leave them scrambling to remember who you are.

3. Sync your email accounts to your mobile phone.

Gone are the days when you can get away with telling your professor that you just viewed the email he or she sent three days ago. Don’t let job offers, interview opportunities and assignments from your new boss go unanswered.

4. Google yourself.

If photos from your spring break appear in the feed, you should revisit the privacy settings of your social media accounts.

5. Relax.

This may feel like the most hectic and uncertain time in your life, but it’s also a rite of passage that will be over in the blink of an eye.

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