10 Senior Bucket List Items For Your Last Semester At FSU

10 Senior Bucket List Items For Your Last Semester At FSU

Although these will be bittersweet, they will remind us of who we've become during our time here at FSU.
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Last week I walked into Strozier library and immediately pulled out my FSU card. I swiped my card the wrong way (shocking) and tried it again another way while the person behind me let out a frustrated sigh because I was taking too long.

Trust me, l I was frustrated too.

I finally got through the gate and began laughing at myself. I think that last time I got that flustered was during my first visit to Strozier my freshman year when I came across those horrible instructions that tell you to flip your card two different ways.

Now that I'm a senior beginning my last semester at FSU, I weirdly thought to myself how I am going to miss swiping my card incorrectly and hearing the person behind me say under their breath “God it’s not that hard.”

Well, it is for some people Carol! So, today for you all I’ve decided to compile of list of things to do at FSU during your last semester that we may not be able to do again.

1. Swipe your FSU card at Strozier Library one last time.

The correct way. On the first try.

2. Jump in the Westcott fountain one last time.

If anyone finds a starfish earring and would like to return it I would greatly appreciate it.

3. Go bowling on campus.

I’ve been saying that I wanted to do this since freshman year so this also serves as a reminder to myself.

4. Go cheer on a sports team other than the football team.

Let’s see, there’s tennis, basketball, baseball, golf, swimming and diving, track and field, softball, and even performances put on by FSU’s School of Dance!

5. Go visit the sod cemetery.

I have personally seen it. It smelled weird. I loved it.

6. Go sit on Landis and people watch.

Watch people sword fight, run after their dogs, play music, and do perfect pushups in front of you. This happened to me this past semester and I felt blessed.

7. Go thank a professor, advisor, etc. who has made an impact on your time here.

I have had 35 different teachers during my time here. I have already thanked one for the impact he has made on my college experience.

8. Go find a parking spot in a parking garage without being late to class.

Although this may be more frustrating than enjoyable, it still definitely constitutes as something you can tell your parents you took away from college and something I truly think you should be proud of.

9. Take advantage of the free gym and go, even if it's painful.

Go to the Leach and take a free class, the Health and Wellness Center, your apartment gym, anywhere and leave with a big smile on your face because that’ll probably be the last time you’ll get to work out at a gym for free which may or may not mean you’re last time working out ever

10. Go walk around campus one last time.

This campus truly is beautiful. And I think that’s something I’ve taken advantage of while I’m walking speedily to class or while I’m engulfed in my phone trying to avoid eye contact with anyone I might have to make small talk with. Thank you FSU for letting the sun shine through your trees and making walking to and from class something that will never fade as an awe-striking experience.

Doing these ten things will be bittersweet. They will sting a little. But, they will help us remember and appreciate the time we’ve spent here and the many, many things FSU has given us. They will help us remember who we were as freshman and who we’ve become as seniors, soon leaving to begin the next chapter of our lives.

FSU, I may not be able to come back and swipe my FSU card at Strozier (that would be creepy) but, I will certainly walk your campus once again. This is not a goodbye, it’s an I’ll see you later.

Cover Image Credit: Visions of Travel

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“I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” - William Ernest Henley

Since we were little girls we have been asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” We responded with astronauts, teachers, presidents, nurses, etc. Then we start growing up, and our plans change.

In middle school, our plans were molded based on our friends and whatever was cool at the time. Eventually, we went to high school and this question became serious, along with some others: “What are your plans for college?” “What are you going to major in?” “When do you think you’ll get married?” “Are you going to stay friends with your friends?” We are bombarded with these questions we are supposed to have answers to, so we start making plans.

Plans, like going to college with our best friends and getting a degree we’ve been dreaming about. Plans, to get married as soon as we can. We make plans for how to lose weight and get healthy. We make plans for our weddings and children.

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We fill our Pinterest boards with these dreams and hopes that we have, which are really great things to do, but what happens when you don’t get into that college? What happens when your best friend chooses to go somewhere else? Or, what if you don’t get the scholarship you need or the awards you thought you deserved. Maybe, the guy you thought you would marry breaks your heart. You might gain a few pounds instead of losing them. Your parents get divorced. Someone you love gets cancer. You don’t get the grades you need. You don’t make that collegiate sports team. The sorority you’re a legacy to, drops you. You didn’t get the job or internship you applied for. What happens to you when this plan doesn’t go your way?

I’ve been there.

The answer for that is “I have this hope that is an anchor for my soul.” Soon we all realize we are not the captain of our fate. We don’t have everything under control nor will we ever have control of every situation in our lives. But, there is someone who is working all things together for the good of those who love him, who has a plan and a purpose for the lives of his children. His name is Jesus. When life takes a turn you aren’t expecting, those are the times you have to cling to Him the tightest, trusting that His plan is what is best. That is easier said than done, but keep pursuing Him. I have found in my life that His plans were always better than mine, and slowly He’s revealing that to me.

The end of your plan isn’t the end of your life. There is more out there. You may not be the captain of your fate, but you can be the master of your soul. You can choose to be happy despite your circumstances. You can change directions at any point and go a different way. You can take the bad and make something beautiful out of it, if you allow God to work in your heart.

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So, make the best of that school you did get in to. Own it. Make new friends- you may find they are better than the old ones. Apply for more scholarships, or get a job. Move on from the guy that broke your heart; he does not deserve you. God has a guy lined up for you who will love you completely. Spend all the time you can with the loved one with cancer. Pray, pray hard for healing. Study more. Apply for more jobs, or try to spend your summer serving others instead. Join a different club or get involved in other organizations on campus. Find your delight first in God and then pursue other activities that make you happy; He will give you the desires of your heart.

My friend, it is going to be OK.

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