As rising seniors in college, students feel compelled to make the most of their last year on campus because, let’s face it, there are just some things that can’t be justified after you’ve graduated. Somehow there became a commonly understood bucket list that a college student is supposed to complete before the bittersweet graduation day. While I support you in pursuing your bliss during your final year as an undergrad, here are a handful of things that you can leave off your bucket list.
Professors will constantly encourage you, especially if you are in the communications or journalism school, to start a blog and get writing. Well, if you’re a senior and the blog in your head has yet to manifest itself (possibly because you don’t actually want to start it), then don’t feel the need to sign up for WordPress this instant.
There are plenty of other outlets for improving your writing or simply expressing yourself. You could try a YouTube channel. But don’t feel the need to create and maintain a blog.
2. Read Ulysses (or other required English books)
We learned long ago that SparkNotes can be a lifesaver in a pinch. If you were like countless other freshmen stuck in English and intellectual heritage courses during your first few semesters, there’s a good chance you didn’t actually read every one of those books you were assigned.
Seniors, just because you’re graduating doesn’t mean you should feel the need to go back and actually read one of those freshman-year books from cover to cover.
3. Party like you’re a freshman again
Been there, done that. Freshman year was amazing but senior year should be exceedingly more fun. If you’re 21+, there’s no reason to party like a freshman because it’s much more fun to party when you’re legal.
4. Spring break in Cabo
It’s a tale as old as time — spring break in Cabo (or Cancun or some other Mexican tourist spot). But since it’s your last year, don’t forget to think a little outside the box when it comes to vacation destinations.
Spring semester is the most common time for students to study abroad, so think about hopping on a flight to the south of France instead. Now that is a spring break to remember.
5. Come to terms with the fact that you’re graduating
It’s perfectly OK if you don’t want to accept the fact that you will soon be an alum of your beloved school. I don’t blame you.
You will have plenty of time to come to terms with being in the real world once you’re actually there. Until then, it’s OK if you’re more heartbroken than excited.
6. Flirt with your professor
There’s always that one professor that your peers fawn over and you just don’t understand why … until you take the class. But heed my warning: Don’t flirt with a professor. I’m sure it would be weird for all involved.
7. Go to an open fraternity party
Even though you have some amazing memories from your first couple years of college, it’s just not going to be the same.
8. Steal a Greek composite or letters
Speaking of Greek life, this isn’t necessary either.
Last year during a Relay for Life event, my sorority’s letters were stolen, and after a short freak out, we found out who took them and when they would be safely returned. While it’s an extremely common practice for Greek composites and letters to be temporarily (or permanently) taken from Greek houses, it is also not as exciting as you might think.
9. Become a legend
At my university, a student streaked across a busy part of campus while wearing a horse mask. Yes, it was legendary. No, you don’t need to do this.
It’s common to want to leave some kind of legacy so that your university will remember you as much as you remember it. However, there are numerous ways to leave a mark that don’t have to be some epic last hoorah.
Leave your mark with the friends you’ve made and you’ll be reminiscing long after the Pomp and Circumstance.
10. Follow a list in an article
Remember, this is your senior year and you can spend it exactly how you please. Do whatever makes you happy, not what others say you need to do to enjoy your final year.
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