7 Things to Do Before You Graduate

George TuthillAs Graduate Commencement quickly approaches, many of you are nearing the end of your graduate program. Your graduate degree is more than a document you can frame—it’s a testament to your commitment and energy. For those of you who are just beginning your journey or are embarking on a new one, we encourage you to take advantage of everything Plymouth State has to offer to current students and to alumni.

  1. Attend a PSU event. If you’re like many graduate students, you’ve been taking classes part-time; visits to campus have been brief and purposeful. But the university is rich with opportunity. So, before you finish, take in a show at the Silver Center, a student recital, an athletic event, or an exhibition at the Karl Drerup Gallery. Treat yourself to a day at Cannon Mountain with a discounted student lift ticket.
  2. Tell the PSU community about your work here. Graduate as well as undergraduate student accomplishments—capstone projects, creative works, research, theses—will be showcased in April and May. Share what you’ve done with colleagues and friends, and learn about their efforts as well. For information on how to take part contact me or Dan Moore, vice provost for academic affairs.
  3. Tell us about your experience as a student. Our best sources of information about programs are the students who have passed through them. What were the high points and what could we be doing better? Your opinion matters and will shape the experiences of future students. Graduating students will receive an e-mail with a link to the formal exit survey in May. If you’re not graduating, we’d still like to hear your thoughts.
  4. Apply for a scholarship. PSU has scholarships that are available to graduate students, and spring is the season to apply. These include: the Dennise Maslakowski Graduate Education Scholarship Fund for a master’s or doctoral student in education, the Graduate Research Scholarship to support a student research project, and several College of Graduate Studies Scholarships. All scholarship applications must be submitted by April 15, 2010.
  5. Write an article for the e-newsletter. As you may have noticed, each e-newsletter includes feature stories about current graduate students or alumni. In fact, our students have such unique and varied backgrounds, talents, and ambitions, that virtually every one of them has a fascinating story to tell about their work and life. Share your own story with us or let us know about someone we should highlight.
  6. Explore your next steps. As a professional, you know that learning never stops. Have a discussion with your advisor, not about course requirements and credits, but about the possibilities for professional growth and development beyond the program you’ve just finished.
  7. Stay in touch. You’ve established some friendships and professional relationships in your time at Plymouth State. Stay connected with the Alumni Association through Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. And, if you’re already an active alum because of an earlier degree, make sure the Alumni Office knows about your latest achievement.

Dr. George F. Tuthill
Interim Associate Vice President


2 responses to “7 Things to Do Before You Graduate”

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  2. One more thing I would like to express is that in place of trying to match all your online degree lessons on days that you conclude work (since the majority of people are fatigued when they get home), try to find most of your sessions on the week-ends and only one or two courses for weekdays, even if it means taking some time off your weekend break. This is fantastic because on the saturdays and sundays, you will be extra rested as well as concentrated with school work. Thx for the different suggestions I have realized from your site.

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