The College Undergrad Bucket List

The College Undergrad Bucket List

Enjoy these years, you're going to miss them!
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Just beginning my second semester at Misericordia University, I can honestly say that I have learned a lot of things about not only chemistry or calculus but also life. This is my first true glance into being an adult and all of the responsibilities that come with it. With all of these things in mind, there are some things that I wish to do and I think others should do during their last four (or six and a half) years of education. Take advantage of what you have now because it won't always be like this.

1. Actually pay attention in class

The whole reason why you are going into so much debt is to get an education. Not showing up to classes is a waste of money to be honest (but don't get me wrong, skipping a class or two is a part of the whole college experience). If you've skipped one or two, it's okay, but don't make it a habit. A lot of times professors have a lot more to say than just the material that they are covering. Listen to them, they know a lot more than you do even though sometimes it doesn't seem like it.

2. Build relationships with peers and professors

With college comes a whole new plethora of people and groups and personalities. Find people that you click with, whether it be because they complemented you on your shoes or because of a shared class that you help each other with. These people will be with you for the rest of you educational career if not beyond that, so make sure that you get to know them. In the same line, professors are there to help you. Nine out of ten of them are going to go above and beyond to make sure that you are successful, so take advantage of that because later on down the road, you could use them as references.

3. TRAVEL

I cannot stress this one enough. At most schools there are so many opportunities to study abroad. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM. Everyone that I know that has studied abroad has had only good things to say about it. This is one of the last times that you will actually "have time" to travel abroad and experience different cultures. This is a great opportunity so use it! You may enjoy it more than you think.

4. Take a cooking class (or watch the Food Channel)

Even though I am a commuter, I understand how old the food in the cafeteria gets after a while, trust me. So, if you get sick of the food but don't know how to cook, this is a great opportunity to learn! It's also cheaper to cook your own food than to continue to buy meals while out. Most campuses have stoves and ovens and even microwaves, so either cook yourself or get a few friends to help you out. Your stomach, tastebuds and wallet will thank you.

5. Go to a sporting event

Show your school spirit! Don't just go to school for the academics, have fun too! You're paying oodles of money for it so you may as well make it worth your while! Even if you're already an athlete, go to another sport's event, get into the spirit and show your support for your fellow peers

6. Take a class that's not in your major

Sure, the class "Beauty and Ugliness" might look kind of odd but that's just another reason that you should take it! Taking classes outside of your major or classes you would never think to pick makes you a more well-rounded person. Who knows when you'll need that information later on down the road? Whether it be at your future job or while you're on a date, or if you happen to be on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire?" the information will eventually come in useful.

7. Use the student discounts

Please, for the love of all of your money, use these discounts. This website has a few popular places that have some good deals.

8. Enjoy these years

This is the last time that you can still play the but-I'm-still-in-school card. Use it wisely and enjoy yourself. Take advantages of all of the things that the campus offers. Most of them are free and they will not only build your knowledge but they will help you grow as a person as well.

Cover Image Credit: Misericordia University

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Saying Goodbye To Freshman Year

"High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster."
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“High School goes by fast, but college goes by even faster”, we’ve all heard it and probably all ignored it as well. I mean time is time. It moves at the same pace no matter what you’re doing right?

Nope.

High School is over, I’m now a freshman in college and it’s April. I’m sitting here in my dorm looking at all my clothes, and bins thinking, how in the hell will this all fit in my car again? It is crazy, I need to be thinking about all of this now because there is one month of my freshman year left, just one.

All I can keep thinking is how? Wasn’t it just last week that I moved into my cozy room at the end of the hall, or just yesterday that I ran home to two hundred beautiful new sisters? As much as it seems like yesterday, it wasn’t.

It was almost eight months ago that I stepped onto this campus as a freshman, now it is my last four weeks and they are jam-packed. From formal to finals I am in the home stretch of my first year of college. I just registered for my classes next semester, and can’t get it through my head that I will soon be a sophomore.

While walking around campus I still catch myself thinking, wow I am really here. I am a college student, at a school, I fall more in love with every day. So, how can I be a sophomore now when I feel like I just got here?

Yes, I still have three amazing years of college ahead of me, and I can’t wait to see what those years have in store in for me. But, I just can’t help but feel a little sad that I won’t be a freshman anymore. I won’t be the youngest in my sorority family, I won’t be coming back to a dorm every night.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am stoked to live in an apartment next year with my absolute best friends. And you definitely could have heard me saying “I am so over this whole dorm thing” once or twice this semester, but now I can’t help but see all the things I’ll miss.

Freshman year is just unique. You get this giant clean slate, a fresh start. And it is just waiting to see what you’ll do with it. It truly is a year of firsts. My first failure, the first time being on my own, my first time not knowing anyone in my classes. Yes, that can all be a lot to take on, I was terrified at the start of the school year. But before I knew it, I had a routine, I had friends, I had a life here.

And this life surpassed all my expectations. I have a home away from home. I have friends that I know will be my bridesmaids some day. I have experiences that I’ll never forget.

Now as I head back home for the summer I couldn’t be more excited to be with my friends there and my family. But, I also couldn’t be sadder to leave my friends here, even if it’s only for three months because they’ve become another kind of family.

Despite leaving freshman year behind, we have so many more memories to make whether it’s doing the Seminole chop in Doak, coordinating our Halloween costumes, or just chilling at the house. We’ve all come so far this year, and I can’t wait to see just how far we go. So bring it on Sophomore year, I’m ready for ya.

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.

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Seniors,

I am not going to say anything about senioritis because I was ready to get out of there and I'm sure you are too; however, in your last months living at home you should take advantage of the luxuries you will not have in a college dorm. The part of college seen in movies is great, the rest of it is incredibly inconvenient. It is better to come to terms with this While you still have plenty of time to prepare and enjoy yourself.

Perhaps one of the most annoying examples is the shower. Enjoy your hot, barefoot showers now because soon enough you will have no water pressure and a drain clogged with other people's hair. Enjoy touching your feet to the floor in the shower and the bathroom because though it seems weird, it's a small thing taken away from you in college when you have to wear shoes everywhere.

Enjoy your last summer with your friends. After this summer, any free time you take is a sacrifice. For example, if you want to go home for the summer after your freshman year and be with your friends, you have to sacrifice an internship. If you sacrifice an internship, you risk falling behind on your resume, and so on. I'm not saying you can't do that, but it is not an easy choice anymore.

Get organized. If you're like me you probably got good grades in high school by relying on your own mind. You think I can remember what I have to do for tomorrow. In college, it is much more difficult to live by memory. There are classes that only meet once or twice a week and meeting and appointments in between that are impossible to mentally keep straight. If you do not yet have an organizational system that works for you, get one.

I do not mean to sound pessimistic about school. College is great and you will meet a lot of people and make a lot of memories that will stick with you for most of your life. I'm just saying be ready.

-A freshman drowning in work

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