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Time has flown by and I am now in my third year of college... actually, third and a half year of college! The other day, I was sitting at a round table in the dining hall with some friends, mentally preparing myself to make the long, cold walk back to my dorm when I suddenly I blurted out:
"We're almost done with undergrad."
Some friends glared, but then moments later I heard a "thank God" in there.
I can hardly believe that I will be graduating in a little over a year and I'm not so sure that I am ready to leave the college lifestyle behind just yet. Sometimes, I hate it, but other times, I feel like there is no other place I would rather be than at school learning, living with friends, and having a good deal of both freedom and responsibility.
A year and a half left of undergrad...
Well, here is a list of some "bucket-listy" things that I have experienced/ have yet to experience that I believe, really compliment the college lifestyle:
- Work hard and try to be the best student you can possibly be- You may not have decided to go to college for the diploma, but your parents think you did...by the end of the day (week, semester, year, college career) you want to be able to say that you tried your best.
- Grow your hair out super long and then chop it all off- I'm in the process of growing it out... my hair has never been this long and let me tell you, sometimes it is so annoying and uncooperative that I just want to hack it all off with my desk scissors... but I refrain. (SIDENOTE: I was very close to shaving one half of my head last summer, but my hairdresser talked me out of it by saying that my thick, curly hair would never trust me again).
- Take full advantage of your college gym- a membership will never be this affordable, and you may find a new hobby or class that you really love! I have been going to spin class and yoga lately and I have really enjoyed it. Just last night, I went to BodyPump and I loved it, although I am really sore now.
- Have a movie marathon with all of your closest friends- Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Sherlock are some of my friend group's favorites
- Make a commitment- Challenge yourself... I became a vegetarian! For me, it was always difficult to be a vegetarian at home, though I have always wanted to try it out. At school, I'm in control of what I eat so I became a "selective vegetarian" last semester and have carried that over to this semester... this means that I am basically a vegetarian but sometimes I just need a turkey sandwich ya feel me?
- Write a good old fashion letter to someone- Your mom, dad, grandma, kid brother, dog... whatever... people love opening letters and sometimes people actually read them!
- Become emotionally invested in a TV show... it is normal and healthy to cry over these kinds of things sometimes, OKAY
- Travel- And I mean anything from studying abroad, to doing a service trip, taking a random weekend road-trip, going to your roommates house, or even just getting to know the area around your university
- Go stargazing- If you to to school in "Middle of Nowhere," USA like me, here is the link to the American Meteor Society meteor shower calendar, but if you attend an urban campus, well then I guess the city lights will do for you.
- Find a cause and go for it!- March for life, save the whales, whatever... just do it. Learn about your cause and teach others about what makes it so incredible.
- Join a random club- Juggling club, karate club, Quidditch club
- Fall in love without settlin- never.settle.
- Invest in a killer blazer- Get used to looking professional and keep this handy for interviews
- Take a hike- But really, go explore the wilderness of wherever you may be
- Cook a five star gourmet meal with your best friends- or, if you are living the dining hall life, like me, BYOF (Bring Your Own Feta) and peruse the salad bar
- Pull an all nighter- Really realize the value of a proper "good night's sleep" and check this exhausting but necessary college right of passage off your list.
- Avert drama like a pro and become the biggest bigger person on campus- Is all this tension really necessary? Ain't nobody got time for dat.
- Learn to be independent slash be comfortable being alone slash fly solo sometimes- Being a student at a university means always being surrounded with different kinds of people... sometimes you need to get away from all that. It is perfectly alright to stay in some Saturday nights and take some time to do you (netflix, writing, yoga)
- Do something crazy (not crazy-stupid, more like something unexpected)- Dread your hair, get a tattoo, learn to play an instrument, go skydiving... Do something that makes your heart beat fast
- Keep a journal- These years go by fast and although there will be days and lessons that you think you'll never forget, writing them down will ensure that you'll remember them and this will also give you time to reflect.