The four years you spend in college are simultaneously the best and fastest years of your life. You make some amazing memories, but if you blink, you might miss it. That moment of realization usually comes within the first week of your senior year – you go to your last first day of school, and realize it’s almost all over. Did you accomplish everything you wanted to accomplish?
While, yes, getting a 4.0 your senior year would be ideal, you should make it a point to cross some things off your college bucket list before it’s too late. If you haven’t done these already, now’s the time!
Complete a Tradition
It seems as though every college has its own tradition. At Carleton College, students stick their heads out the window the night before finals begin and scream. At Columbia, the university’s marching band plays music in the Butler Library on Orgo Night. At Duke, the students camp in tents with internet access to study while getting free tickets to the basketball game. Whatever your school’s tradition is, make sure you’ve done it before you go!
Strike a Pose with a Landmark or your Mascot
Your campus probably has a special landmark that everyone knows, like a strange statue or a distinctive mural. If not, the school definitely has a mascot. Make the memories official – get a picture with something that distinctly belongs to your alma mater.
Crash a Party
It might be something you’ve only seen done in movies, but before you receive your bachelor’s degree, make some new friends the old-fashioned way. Traipse around campus until you hear some ruckus, and then invite yourself to the festivities and let the good times commence.
Show a High-Schooler Around
Nothing will make you appreciate the good times you have at your school quite like showing it off to a prospective student. Take them to your favorite on-campus grub spot, a rivalry football game, and a social gathering and remember what it’s like to see all these things for the first time.
Take a Class Just Because
A lot of students end up with only a few classes to take their senior year. Rather than only taking one or two classes per semester, take a class just because you’re interested! College is about discovering yourself, and you never know what hobbies you could pick up just by taking a “just for fun” course.
Go to a Random Sporting Event
Does your school have an ultimate Frisbee, polo, or fencing? Indulge in a few drinks and go check out the lesser-known sports. They’re surprisingly fun, and, after all, you need to experience all your school has to offer before it’s too late.
There’s no shortage of protests on and around college campuses. Exercise your freedom of speech! It’s important to learn to stand up for what you believe in, even outside the classroom. Even if you’re protesting a stupid holiday or a lack of pancakes at the midnight breakfast, at least you got the experience.
Get On your School’s Website
It can be your first instinct to flee far from the photographers when you see them snapping photos, but they hold the key to infamy. Do something silly or join a club – get your mug on the front page of your college’s website, if only for a week!