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30 Things Every College Senior Totally Needs

Are you feeling demotivated and sluggish? Are you unwilling to do even the most basic things (like showering or wear something other than sweatpants)? Is your motto "IDGAF"? Are you a college senior? Buddy, you may have a serious case of senioritis.

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1. A mini three-month planner that'll help you focus on the three most important tasks of the day, even if on some days it's just 1) take a shower 2) make it to class.

You'll likely get more done if you're not overwhelmed with a bunch of stuff, and you'll feel great when you tick those items off.

Promising review: "I highly recommend this tool. After trying a LOT of productivity tools/organizers/apps, I still found this cheap notebook superior to other productivity tools. It can help you focus on three most important things to finish in a day; it can help you track time on the left of the page; I use it to track how I spent my time and record how many productive 15-minutes I had in a day. I also use the lower right corner for daily reflection. VERY, VERY useful!" —oenochoe

Get it from Amazon for $12.50.

2. A sheet of graduation countdown stickers to use in your planner and remind you that you're almost at the finish line!

Get it from Planneresque on Etsy for $3.

3. A free planner app you probably should have downloaded as a freshman (but whatever, better late than never) for keeping track of all your classes and assignments. Don't miss a paper because you simply forgot the deadline.

You can also set notifications for exams so you'll remember to cram in a last-minute study sesh.

Promising review: "This app saved my life and my GPA during a crazy semester. It's so intuitive to use. I love the color coding. I love the percentage completion. That was so motivating to get things done for a visual person like me. I sat down in the first week of this semester and spent three hours putting every single thing from all of my class syllabuses onto this app. I never missed an assignment, quiz, project, or exam. And it helped me so much with prioritizing urgent tasks vs upcoming ones, breaking assignments down into parts, and switching my time between assignments without forgetting to finish one or turn it in. I realized I wasn't a bad student, I just wasn't organized. USE THIS APP. IT'S FREE AND PERFECT FOR STUDENTS!" —mmmoxielady

Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free.

4. A bike-chain fidget toy for keeping your fingers busy when you're feeling restless during an hour-long lecture.

This chain toy comes with 20 additional silicone rings!

Promising review: "This product is simple, the materials aren't anything special, but the benefits are huge! Great fidget toy! It can keep my hands and anxiety in check. Easy to carry, and I take it everywhere. The ring is light and can sit around my finger all day or on my key ring or pocket. Barely any sound from the ring. Worth every penny!" —iMaMaLoves2Reid

Get it from Amazon for $9.90. Check out other cheap and fun fidget toys!

5. An online tool that'll let you make your own flashcards or games to study for upcoming exams. You can also search the website for ready-made study sets!

Get started at Quizlet for free.

6. A portable reading stand sturdy enough to handle your heavy-ass textbooks. It'll make researching for your senior thesis less of a pain in the neck.

Plus, it'll come in handy again if you're planning on going to grad school.

Promising review: "I use this for my law school books. I can have the books open during class while reading and typing notes. I bought one for my classmate, too. After we got ours, several other classmates bought some! It fits my huge constitutional law book just fine, which actually surprised me. I like that I can adjust the angle of the stand." —Kc Webster

Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

7. An informative book on the best job-hunting practices so you can get a head start on landing your dream gig.

Your studies might be over soon, but there's still much to do before graduation to prepare for the real world — you can't relax just yet.

Promising review: "I got this book as a required reading for class. If you are trying to figure out what career path to follow, I recommend that you read this book. It has great insights on resume writing, finding the right career for you, and so much more. I was only assigned to read a few chapters from this book, but I ended up reading the whole thing. This is a wonderful tool to help get you on the path to a happy career!" —Anna T

Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

8. An online class on something you're actually interested in (like cookie decorating or watercolor lettering and illustration) to stimulate your brain if you're feeling bored of your college courses.

9. A motivational shaker bottle that'll encourage you to take advantage of the university fitness center as much as you can. You'll feel more energetic after a workout, which can help get you out of a slump!

It's also best to develop the good habit of working out now rather than later when you have a busy job. This 28-ounce bottle comes with a BlenderBall whisk inside, which makes it perfect for protein shakes. It's dishwasher-safe, BPA- and phthalate-free, leak-proof, and fits in most car cup holders!

Promising review: "Super cute and love the quote! Makes me want to seize the day." —kaylee k

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in four colors).

10. A highly effective (read: loud AF) vibrating alarm clock because one of the most important factors of being productive is getting up on time.

A great feature of this alarm is that is has a vibrate-only setting, so you don't have to worry about waking up your roommate!

Promising review: "I bought this for my college-age daughter who lives on her own. She just texted me at 6:30 A.M. and wrote, 'The alarm works. If it terrifying.' I think she meant to write, 'It is terrifying.' She was so frightened by her new alarm/taskmaster that she lost her ability to text correctly. Five out of five stars." —Matt

Get it from Amazon for $27.49. Check out other things that'll help you wake up earlier!

11. A free productivity app to prevent you from browsing your phone when you're supposed to be studying.

Plant a tree in the app when you want to focus, and it will grow and flourish if you leave your phone alone/leave the app open. If you use your phone for something else, like to browse Facebook, Instagram, etc., the tree will die.

Promising review: "This app is the best for those who need a little visual stimulation and extra incentive to stay productive. I truly hate exiting the app during a work session (thus killing my little sapling), and I get a lot of satisfaction from seeing my daily forest grow. The app has kept me from getting distracted by calls, texts, and web-browsing on many occasions." —Ellerooful

Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free.

12. A bookmark notepad for keeping track of your progress and thoughts as you read. Otherwise, you might end up reading the same page three times because your attention span is extra short these days.

Each pad comes with 25 bookmarks!

Get it from Amazon for $3.10 or Knock Knock for $6.

13. A single-cup coffee maker because a jolt of caffeine might be the answer to finishing those last two pages of your essay.

This manual coffee maker is great for dorms that don't allow personal electric appliances. It works with K-Cups as well as ground coffee!

Promising review: "I love this little coffee maker! It's easy, cheap, and brews a great cup of coffee. I live in a small apartment and my kitchen is tiny, and the MyJo takes up very little space, uses no electricity, and is easy to clean. I don't have to worry about a reservoir or bacteria. It does take a little effort, but it's worth it." —Kari L.

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

14. A pair of sleep headphones (nestled in a soft headband that can also double as a sleep mask) to ensure a good night's rest even if your roomie is pulling an all-nighter.

If you're feeling sluggish, perhaps you're staying up too late and not getting enough sleep!

Promising review: "These sleep headphones are great for college students! When I need to escape to study or I need to block out all noise to fall asleep, these are so comfortable and easy to wear. When I go to sleep, I also use these as a sleeping mask, and it works great! I completely forget I am wearing headphones when I wear these." —Danielle

Get them from Amazon for $14.97 (available in five colors). Check out other products that'll help you fall asleep!

15. And a free sleep sounds app so you can wind down before bed even if you're feeling anxious about the future.

Promising review: "I downloaded this app as part of a New Year's resolution to take better care of my health and train my mind. I suffer from insomnia and will occasionally spend hours, if not an entire night, lying in my bed without ever really falling asleep. The fact that you can mix and match relaxing sounds to create your own custom melodies is brilliant because I can pair up sounds that have specific peaceful associations for me. The meditations help me relax my body and release my thoughts when usually I spend hours chasing fretful tangents in my mind. I’ve been using this in combination with another sleep app that records my movements and wakes me up in the morning during the lightest part of my sleep cycle, and I feel better than I have in years!" —Lcelestine

Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free (in-app purchases available).

16. A cute floral dress as comfy as sweatpants that'll give you a reason to get dressed and head to class. You might prefer to sleep in, but your dress deserves an audience!,

Promising review: "I love this dress! It’s lightweight, the colors are pretty and bright, and it fits as expected. All of the buttons are real, so be prepared to fasten like 40 of them! I would definitely recommend this as a nice, casual, summer dress." —Katie M.

Get them from Amazon: the button-up dress for $20.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and four colors) and the T-shirt dress for $13.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors). Check out more spring dresses you can get on Amazon!

17. A set of squishy mochi cats to squeeze when you're feeling overwhelmed by finals and the prospect of leaving college for the real world.

Promising review: "How can you not relieve stress when holding onto these cute little stress toys? Besides the adorable kitty shapes, they are so soft and squishy. They are small enough that no one really notices them when I am dealing with stressful situations." —Linda

Get a five-pack from Amazon for $7.89. Check out more squishy stress toys!

18. A Chrome extension for catching grammatical errors, spelling mistakes, and improper word usage in emails and essays, so your professor can't tell that you typed them up at 3 a.m.

Promising review: "This is a great tool. The real-time feedback is helpful, and it reduces the amount of proofreading and rewriting that I need to do." —Clifford Martin Cantrell, III

Get it from the Chrome Web Store for free.

19. A funny but helpful book on how to get your shizz together if you're feeling seriously demotivated.

Promising review: "This is the first book I've read by this author, and I LOVED it. I love this kind of in-your-face, quit-ur-b*tchin' advice. She is funny and right on. Loved that this is practical, easy to read and follow. Do what Knight says and at least you can say you're focused and moving (hopefully forward). Highly recommend to anyone who needs a kick in the pants and help to organize their life." —Nandista

Get it from Amazon for $13.59.

20. A mug with some good advice that'll apply at every stage of your life, including right now.

Get it from TheSweetieBee on Etsy for $14.50.

21. A professional-looking blazer (or better yet, a suit) you can wear to job or internship interviews.,

Get the plus-size blazer from Lane Bryant for $79.95 (available in sizes 12–28 and black; get the matching trousers) and the windowpane-print blazer from Express for $128 (available in sizes 00–18; get the matching skirt).

Also, check out the best places to buy suits online!

22. A booklet of stickers for adults so you can feel good about taking small steps toward becoming a responsible human.

This book contains 100 stickers!

Promising review: "I get compliments on these all the time. It's nice to celebrate the little things." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $12.33.

23. A bucket list notebook to document your adventures in the last few months of college, whether it's trying something new or going on a road trip with close friends.

This 208-page notebook can document 100 bucket list items! There are two divider ribbons.

Get it from MiGoals on Etsy for $13.50. Or, check out a similar option from Amazon for $23.87.

24. A free Chrome extension that'll let you block certain websites like Netflix and Twitter for a set amount of time so you can buckle down and stay on task.

After you're done with whatever you're doing, you can reward yourself with an A Series of Unfortunate Events binge-watch session.

Promising review: "StayFocusd is perfect in every way. I need to keep a browser open while I work for fact-checking, and StayFocusd keeps me safely away from irrelevant sites. It works seamlessly with Chrome, and it's simple and intuitive to use. Strongly recommended to anyone who needs to concentrate hard on their work." —Clare Law

Get it from the Chrome Web Store for free.

25. A splurge-worthy portable pillow for taking a power nap in the library (or wherever you happen to be in between classes). You can't fight nap attacks so you might as well embrace them. 🤷‍♀️

Promising review: "I cannot recommend this product enough. A good portion of my day is in front of a computer screen. I generally use 30-40 minutes of my lunch with this on my eyes and 'drift' (for lack of a better term). It is very nice as it creates a kind of cocoon for your eyes and ears. These are very well made and worth the money." —Charles G.

Get it from Amazon for $45 (available in six colors).

26. A little black book with all the knowledge you need for post-grad life, including how to find your first apartment and how to understand your paycheck.

In the words of Rachel Green, "Who's FICA and why is he getting all of my money?"

Promising review: "Great book for college or high school graduate. Lots of tips to help get the recent graduate started. There are also a lot of good reminders for those who have been out of school for a while. The book cover is very sturdy and the pages/font are easy to read. The chapters are easy to read and very well organized. This makes a great gift!" —j.stimson

Get it from Amazon for $9.78.

27. A box of maple almond butter squeeze packs that'll make a quick and tasty power snack because your lack of energy could literally just be caused by hunger. Remember: your brain needs nourishment!!!

Promising review: "This is just the best almond butter. Raisin bread toast with this is heaven. I’ve tried other almond butter, and this brand beats them all. I’m single, so a jar is too much, but I love the packs. Plus, easy to throw one in a backpack for a hiking snack." —Zona lady

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $9.50. Check out other snacks + groceries you can buy online!

28. A portable steamer so you won't look like you slept in your clothes at your final presentation.,

It'll be super useful once you start working as well!

Promising review: "Exactly as described. It's a very portable little tool, great for a college residence hall. Less of a learning curve than an iron, so I would definitely suggest this for anyone needing to keep clothes looking presentable." —Nick A.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

29. A free timer app because study sessions are a lot more manageable when they're broken down into 25-minute chunks.

Basically, this app breaks larger assignments into smaller focus sessions (25 minutes of work followed by a five-minute break, and repeat) so you don't burn out halfway. After four focus sessions, you can take a longer break of 20 to 30 minutes. It's based on the Pomodoro Technique!

Promising review: "A simple but effective app to prevent burnout while working or studying (I use it for studying Japanese). The Pomodoro method helps not only with keeping you at your peak of attention span but also helps with the much more subtle fear that feeds wandering attention and procrastination: the fear that the workload will never end. It's perfect and very comforting for overwhelming tasks that you dread sitting down to tackle." —NobodyUnoe

Get it from the iTunes Store for free. Check out a similar app for Android here and here.

30. A pretty journal to remind you that you still have a LOT to look forward to after graduation, so don't lose steam — finish college with a bang!

Promising review: "Love the notebook. The pages are thick, which is great so pens don’t bleed through the page." —STEFANY B.

Get it from for $16.

Graduation is nearly here — you can do it!


Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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