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.

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Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip

No haters are going to bring me down.
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With Coachella officially over, lives can go back to normal and we can all relive Beyonce’s performance online for years to come. Or, if you were like me and actually there, you can replay the experience in your mind for the rest of your life, holding dear to the memories of an epic weekend and a cultural experience like no other on the planet.

And I want to be clear about the Beyonce show: it really was that good.

But with any big event beloved by many, there will always be the haters on the other side. The #nochella’s, the haters of all things ‘Chella fashion. And let me just say this, the flower headbands aren’t cultural appropriation, they’re simply items of clothing used to express the stylistic tendency of a fashion-forward event.

Because yes, the music, and sure, the art, but so much of what Coachella is, really, is about the fashion and what you and your friends are wearing. It's supposed to be fun, not political! Anyway, back to the main point of this.

One of the biggest things people love to hate on about Coachella is the fact that many of the attendees have their tickets bought for them by their parents.

Sorry? It’s not my fault that my parents have enough money to buy their daughter and her friends the gift of going to one of the most amazing melting pots of all things weird and beautiful. It’s not my fault about your life, and it’s none of your business about mine.

All my life, I’ve dealt with people commenting on me, mostly liking, but there are always a few that seem upset about the way I live my life.

One time, I was riding my dolphin out in Turks and Cacaos, (“riding” is the act of holding onto their fin as they swim and you sort of glide next to them. It’s a beautiful, transformative experience between human and animal and I really think, when I looked in my dolphin’s eye, that we made a connection that will last forever) and someone I knew threw shade my way for getting to do it.

Don’t make me be the bad guy.

I felt shame for years after my 16th birthday, where my parents got me an Escalade. People at school made fun of me (especially after I drove into a ditch...oops!) and said I didn’t deserve the things I got in life.

I can think of a lot of people who probably don't deserve the things in life that they get, but you don't hear me hating on them (that's why we vote, people). Well, I’m sick of being made to feel guilty about the luxuries I’m given, because they’ve made me who I am, and I love me.

I’m a good person.

I’m not going to let the Coachella haters bring me down anymore. Did my parents buy my ticket and VIP housing? Yes. Am I sorry about that? Absolutely not.

Sorry, not sorry!

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I Got Rejected From My Internship, But I'm Stronger For It

We face rejection throughout our life but it's up to us for how we handle it.
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As long as I can remember I have faced rejection. Whether it was a simple "no" or someone reciting the Gettysburg Address to me, I remember the word "no" being told to me a lot in life. When I entered college I thought that the time for being told no was over but as life has shown, you never know what you’re going to get.

We always hear the phrase what doesn’t kill us makes us stronger and while this is a remarkable phrase it doesn’t come without me thinking about how I got here or how I have picked myself up. Rejection has taught me to have a tougher skin and get used to hearing the answer "no" and responding with "OK, yeah, cool I’ll be fine," when on the inside I might not be. Things aren’t always going to be how we want them but sometimes an opportunity coming to an end can open up another door for something possibly better

In December I applied for a marketing and sales internship that was selling advertising space in college planners to different companies throughout Tuscaloosa. I had worked the past four summers at Camp Ramah Darom and I felt it was time to get an internship before graduating college. After interviewing and answering questions I received a phone call excitedly telling me I had received one of the four spots for the University of Alabama team.

After receiving this call, I immediately told my friends, family, and classmates and they were excited for me as well. After years of getting rejected from internships because “I didn’t have enough experience” or “we thought someone else would be a better fit,” I was finally going to have my first internship and be able to show future employers why I belong at their company.

I filled out the acceptance form, bought clothing for the internship and then began looking for summer housing. While I was so excited there was something off about this internship, as I hadn’t heard from them as frequently. After calling my regional manager to make sure everything was going as planned regarding the summer she responded with “Yes I am still recruiting for the team”. I thought everything was ready and I didn’t have to worry about the program until May. A month went by and I decided I needed to know more information because the start of training was rapidly approaching.

I took matters into my own hands and called my regional manager. After leaving a message on her voicemail I received a voicemail from her with saying “Hi, Jacob, I am sorry I missed your call please reach out to me I have some news for you if that’s what I can call it.” Hearing this voicemail I immediately knew my internship had fallen through and I had to start looking for a new one immediately.

After getting off the phone I called my dad to tell him the news. The day I received the phone call was supposed to be exciting as it was my formal weekend but all I could think about was another sign of rejection in my life. My dad asked me where my mind was and I didn’t even have a proper answer. How do you express into words how you feel when you are assured for months that something is about to happen and at the last moment you are told no? That’s how I felt at this time. I was upset, frustrated and I was back to square one. I thought I had come so far in the internship step in my life but it turns out I just went full circle.

Looking back at this moment I can say I am still somewhat upset about it as a whole. Whether it was questioning the company about my internship or how they stated they had sent me an email but I didn’t receive one until two weeks after my phone call there are times I am still mad at how the outcome was handled. In life, I have learned there are two ways of looking at instances. One, staying mad and never trying to do better or two, flipping the page and starting over.

As much as I hated starting over the internship process it was for the best and it did give me other opportunities to consider.

So what does this have to do with rejection? When we are rejected we have two options — we can either sulk and feel sorry for ourselves or we can turn the page and try again differently. We will always face some sort of adversity and rejection throughout our life and that is something we need to learn.

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