You always hear people advising to take advantage of college when you’re a freshman and sophomore because you have more free time and more chances to build your resume. So when senior year comes around, how are you going to take advantage of that? This is your last year of college before stepping out into the real world. This is your last chance to gain undergrad experiences that will develop you into a remarkable young professional.

Senior year is the very end of your time in college (unless you decide to attend graduate school). For me, it has brought a lot of emotions and nostalgia, thinking back to when I was a wide-eyed freshman, tucked away in a dorm room enjoying my meal plan and general elective classes.

As the new school year has begun, I’ve started thinking about what I can do to make this semester memorable. Read on, and on graduation day, you will be excited about the next stage in your life rather than regretting not taking advantage of your college days.

Check out local attractions
College towns are very unique. The local businesses are such a staple to the area, and some of these places you won’t be able to find anywhere else. So check out the campus monuments, the popular bar that alumni always return to or the trendy coffee shop everyone talks about.

Take a class you’ve always been curious about
It’s your last year; why not sign up for a class you’ve always wanted to take? If you’re like me, you’ll need a few extra credits anyway to keep you a full-time student. This is a unique chance to explore and learn about new subjects.

Reconnect with old friends
If there’s someone you’ve been meaning to catch up with for the past three years, I’d say now is the time to do it. Time really flies, and once you find a post-graduate job, you really won’t have time. So be the person to reach out and reconnect with friends. You’ll be glad you did.

Say “thank you”
You’re graduating soon, which means you’ll need to start looking for a job. Remember that one professor you constantly turned to for advice? Don’t forget to say thank you. Sometimes something so simple can mean a lot, especially to professors and advisors who deal with hundreds of students. You never know when you might need to reconnect.

Spend time on campus
Sure, you’ve probably been saying to yourself how excited you are to leave and move away. But if you’re like most seniors, you probably don’t live on campus anymore. Before you graduate, take a last walk through the campus. Really soak everything in, including the library, the dining halls and the student center. You just spent the last four years of your life here, and it’s always fun to take a stroll down memory lane.

Most of all – remember to have fun. This is the last time you’ll have this kind of freedom. I’ve heard so many professionals say they wish they could go back. Don’t be in such a rush to move on, enjoy it!

How do you plan on taking advantage of your school year?