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.

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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To The One About To Graduate

You may not know the next step to take after you get off that stage at graduation, but that can be the best part.

To the one about to graduate:

Congratulations! This is your final semester of your undergraduate college career. You have enjoyed a nice four (five, maybe six) years at your school, and all of your hard work, blood, sweat, and tears is finally about to pay off.

As someone who is about to graduate soon, I am not going to lie and say that looking into the abyss isn’t both thrilling and terrifying. There are few times in a person’s life when your life is absolutely full of opportunities.

There are so many possible choices for you to make as a new graduate. Maybe you want to settle down with your significant other and start a family. Perhaps you want to pursue a graduate degree and become a lawyer or doctor. If you are like me, you are possibly still deciding between many options.

The scariest part of the unknown is simply what it is: not knowing.

However, it should also be exciting. The future is ripe with possibilities, thrills, and sure maybe some disappointments. Not knowing is what makes life exciting.

Yes, your entire life has been clear-cut with someone telling you where to go next. This is the first time your choices are completely up to you, and that is something to celebrate!

You can be a YouTube star or a stay at home mom or dad, or you can travel the world and run a blog from wherever you find yourself on that particular day.

You could become a yoga teacher or a corporate lawyer, or maybe you realize you love education so much that you want to be a professional student for life.

For the first time in your life, there is no wrong choice or necessarily a right choice. You don’t have to go in a certain direction. You don’t need to have everything figured out, and it is okay to fail once in a while.

Your post-graduation years are meant for finding your way. Along the way, you may take a stumble or two, and that is perfectly fine.

As long as you continue to pick yourself up and commit to finding your way, you will find it eventually.

You may not know the next step to take after you get off that stage at graduation, but that can be the best part.


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Confessions of a Single Mother in Her Twenties While in College

My new motivation

It's hard to imagine that at a mere 23 years of age a piece of me is running around, screaming the few words he knows, tormenting the family pets. It's even harder to remember that a few short years ago, this was not my plan. And boy, was I in for a reality check.

Looking around all I see is my friends, my classmates, and my peers going out and having a good time, achieving and exceeding all their goals. They can all take road trips at a moment's notice, to nowhere in particular. Sleeping until 3 in the afternoon on any day is a thing of the past.

What people do not realize is, as a mother in her early twenties, I was made to put many things on hold. A whole new life was in my hands. This was my new life.

Before being a mom, I thought I knew what it was like to be stressed, to be busy. My anxiety and depression were at all time highs. Most of the time I wouldn't make it half a day without a potential breakdown. That was my new life.

I had so many goals set long before the surprise blessing of motherhood. The cold, hard truth was that I was no longer the most important person in my life. Why do I keep reiterating that fact? Because, though I have always been a very selfless individual, I was now thrown into an entirely new level of it all. I know I am not alone.

Now, I balance a work life, college attendance, and try to still achieve all the goals I set out for all those years ago, somewhat changing my path as I have gone along. No more are the late night study sessions or cramming for exams. Nowadays, one must meticulously plan every possible free moment and be open to the fact that nothing will ever go to plan.

Having a support system makes it all feasible. I can see an end, though not within reach quite yet. I am doing so much on my own, little support, but the support I do have makes my goals achievable after all. It reminds me that this does not mean I have to give up. I have a little person that looks up to me, he relies on me. In the big scheme of things, he will be just as proud as I will be of myself.

It is not all bad. The staggering amount of love I have for this tiny human is intensely overwhelming, as is the love he has for me in his smile when he sees me walk through the door after a long, hard day of work. He is my new motivation, where before motivation was lacking. The things I now do for him I once dreaded doing. Study sessions are no easier to get through, but knowing that it will all pay off and provide a sense of stability for my child and myself is rewarding and pushes me through the next chapter and beyond.

You cannot let life get in the way, use your experiences as a fuel to the fire, as I have done. I am prepared for it to take longer, I am prepared for the sacrifice of missing out on a few things while he is young, and I know I will be able to provide for him when he is older and be able to prove to him anything you set your mind to is possible with enough hard work and perseverance.

I am a college student. I work full time. I am a Mom. I CAN do it all.

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