Stop freaking about finals , start thinking about your future

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As the end of the semester is getting closer, most students are starting to get stressed about their grades and freak out about the impending finals.

While those things are important and should not be taken lightly, there also are some crucial things in your future that you need to start planning for now.

One thing to consider is taking summer classes. Summer classes are a great way to finish college a little bit faster and not waste the summer break.

If you take just one or two classes during the summer every year, you likely could graduate a semester earlier than you would otherwise.

Classes are smaller in the summer and tend to go faster because of a shorter term, so it’s a quick way to get some extra credits.

There aren’t as many options during the summer as there are in the fall and spring semesters, and the sections that are offered tend to fill up. So if you’re going to take any, get to work on it now. Registration already is open.

Speaking of registration, if you haven’t been greenlighted yet for the fall, you’re already behind. Registering late for fall classes could set off a chain of events that leads to an extra semester or two at Amarillo College before continuing elsewhere. Don’t get stuck in a rut.

The summer also is an excellent opportunity to earn some more money. Most employers who have summer positions already are looking for applications.

Because many summer jobs are not posted, you should reach out to target employers such as local restaurants or camps to inquire about positions for the upcoming summer. If they are not yet screening applicants, ask when you can apply.

Many organizations will consider applicants on a rolling basis until all their summer slots are filled. Given that scenario, it is much better to be too early than too late.

If you plan to transfer to another school in the fall, you should schedule a meeting with your adviser to make sure everything is in order.

For many schools, the transfer application deadline is in late June or early July. That means you should start working on your application now if you haven’t already.

You will need to fill out the application form itself and provide a variety of other material, including a transcript from AC and your FAFSA. It takes time for the schools to process all of the documents, so it’s best to start early and get them in as soon as possible.

All this may sound overwhelming, but it is manageable if you put your mind to it and ask for help when you need it.

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