6 Things That Should Be On Everyone's College Bucket List

6 Things That Should Be On Everyone's College Bucket List

They say you only live once, but you'll also only get to experience being a college student once in your life.


The 4 years of undergraduate education are deemed to be most formative years for maturity, exploring self-identity, responsibility, as well as living out the capricious, carefree spirit that encapsulates the era of young adulthood.

1. College Diploma

Oh, the quintessential elements of the college experience: managing finances, juggling coursework and employment, the dreaded sleep deprivation, and even the gleaming moments where you find enjoyment in your studies!!! No matter how hard it may seem, the goal of college is to obtain the degree that you are seeking. Yes, life happens, and sometimes it may warrant taking a break from school (perhaps a semester, off?). When you're back is against the wall, and you feel like quitting, remember that you never know what you what you are capable of until you are challenged. Confucius stated that "The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step," Take it a day at a time. Graduation day will be here before you know it!

2. Friendships 

College is an immersion into all the aspects that you will face as an adult. You lived it as a child, so now it's time to thrive as an adult. With the advent of adulthood, you will be forced to interact with others (Mom and Dad can't do all the talking anymore haha.) All jokes aside, you'll meet individuals who share the same major, aspirations, extracurricular commitments, ethnicity, and affiliations. Meeting others who are like yourself can motivate you to explore interests you may not have initially considered, garner new perspectives on other lifestyles/cultures, as well as even humble conceptions you had towards certain classes/ career choices. Hopefully, you develop bonds that lead to life-long friendships. Unfortunately, nothing is permanent in life, and even friendships/relationships can disintegrate; it's not the end of the world. Use it as a learning experience. Accept that friends grow estranged because they gravitate towards different commitments in life.

3. Homecoming/Tailgate

It wouldn't be college without Saturday football and tailgating! (Go Wolves!!!) Homecoming week in one of the biggest, if not the most sought after week of each school year. It's your chance to show out your school spirit and get involved in campus festivities. Make memories that swell your heart with pride for your school! I think every college student should have the chance to attend at least one football game or tailgate to cheer on their team. College football is a unification of the student body, the community, and even the faculty! There will be so many student body activities to participate in, so make it last. College shouldn't be all work and study; build in recreational time for friends and fun.

4. Financial Literacy

By the end of college, you may not be as financially stable as you desire, but you should have an understanding of the principles of budgeting and managing finances. Through your 4 years of undergraduate, you will learn the value of a dollar. If you work a job, you'll most likely be working to pay for the goods that you need to maintain your lifestyle (i.e car, housing, clothing, and food). Bills and tuition must be paid on time. Money must be saved and allocated according to what is a priority in your life.

5. Getaway Trip

Yes! It's been the tried and true plot line of countless movies, but you should definitely seek to go on a trip sometime during college. It can be as long as studying a semester abroad or a spring break road trip with your besties. Newfound independence warrants a heightened sense of autonomy. After getting adjusted to living on your own, without your high school teachers constantly reminding you of your upcoming deadlines or coddling you through the curriculum, you have experienced what it means to have more freedom. Why not use some of that freedom to take a trip with loved ones or immerse yourself into a new country for a semester?

6. Developing a Strong Work Ethic

Through your college experience, it is imperative that you garner skills that will contribute to the development of a strong work ethic. Through your studies, you will tackle time management as well as staying diligent to a study regimen that is essential to success in your courses. Similarly, communication is key. You will soon be networking, seeking letters of recommendations from professors, and establishing your presence in the job field so you need to know how to communicate professionally, effectively, and coherently.

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An Open Pat On The Back To Full-Time Students Who Also Work

You really deserve an award, but this article will have to do.

It's pretty freaking hard.

“I can work nights and weekends, I'm a student," you told the manager during your interview.

So, what does he do? He schedules you most nights and weekends. This is OK. This is, after all, what you asked for. So you start working.

Class, class, work. Class, work. Class, no work tonight, you sleep and it feels like the first time in years. Class, homework, homework, homework. Class, class, work.

Before you know it, it's the weekend. There's a party. Your friend wants to see you. Your mom is calling you to see how you are.

But you are working all weekend.

You call your mom on your half hour break. She tells you are doing too much. She tells you that you should work less. Ask for less hours. Sleep more. Eat more. You will get sick.

You get out of work Friday night around 11 p.m. There is still so much night left!! You try to hit up that party. Sure, you will show up a little late, but at least you will make an appearance. At least you will get to see some of your friends. At least you will be able to relax and enjoy yourself. At least you will be able to have some fun. By the time you get ready and get there, people begin leaving. You begin to wonder why you came out in the first place.

“I'm sorry, I've been at work" becomes an all-too-familiar phrase.

But, but, but.

You really deserve a pat on the back, so here it is.

You've given up a lot. And you work crazy hard. Those long nights and hours are hard. A lot of kids your age don't work and rely solely on your parents. But you, you have taken it upon yourself to earn some money for yourself. You are a full-time student, and most of your free time goes toward working and supporting yourself.

You truly do not get the appreciation that you deserve.

But when you do get some time to go out, when you request a weekend off, you have some money to spend. You are never the guy who can't go out because they don't have enough money.

And of course, you will start saving. This is huge. You're going to graduate in debt (probably), and because you busted your butt during school and saved up, putting a crack in that debt will be a little easier for you.

You are a forward thinker, whether you realize it or not.

You are building responsibility, money management, and self-reliance skills, whether you realize it or not.

You are quite mature for your age, whether you realize it or not.

AND YOU deserve a pat on the back. So here it is.

You're incredible. You're amazing. Go get 'em.

Seriously, take a second to congratulate yourself for all your hard work.

And whatever you do, get some sleep, kid. And remember, don't work yourself too hard. Just hard enough so that you feel good, and rewarded, and happy.

You're the man. Keep killin' it, dude. Keep killin' it.

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A Definitive Ranking Of Purdue University's Dining Courts

Which dining court's burger variations will come up on top?


Purdue University was recently named #19 on Best Value School's "50 Best College With The Best Food 2017-2018" article, but how do their dining courts rate against each other? After finding myself in each dining court for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at least three times, I have decided to rank them to find the champion amongst champions. Please note that this list is purely my own personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the views of my school as a whole nor the students attending it.

5. Ford Dining Court

Although it is the closest dining court to my dorm, I purposely go out of my way to avoid eating here. Of the numerous times I have eaten here, I find myself searching high and low for food that is not a burger, not pizza, not chicken tenders, and not Chinese food. Listen, I love all of these things (excluding Chinese food) as much as the next guy, but when it's being served almost every day, it not only gets boring but it starts to lose its good taste.

My advice to Ford is to change it up more often because I really want to make more use of you!

4. Earhart Dining Court

Of the times I have been to Earhart, I have always managed to eat the most random and dissimilar foods possible. It could be 10:30 am and I would be forced to eat scrambled eggs along with a breaded chicken breast or a risotto of some sort. No, I don't dislike any of those foods, but I do like my meals to be somewhat cohesive and only consist of one type of "meal food". However, I will note that Earhart does offer what I believe to be the BEST mashed potatoes on campus so a few bonus points for that!

My advice to Earhart is if you're going to serve food that overlaps two generally separate meals offer more food of each so students can pick and choose from more of one or the other rather than having to settle for a weird combo.

3. Wiley Dining Court

While I attend Wiley regularly, it still lacks the strength needed to push into my top two dining courts. When I go eat at Wiley I will 9 times out of 10 opt for their professional pasta bar or use the small self-making pasta right next to it. I love this pasta bar because it allows me to indulge in my favorite food of all time and the ingredients they offer to allow me to have the same culinary creativity I would if I had access to my own kitchen. However, this is where my rave for Wiley stops as much of the other food I've tried was too salty for my taste.

My advice to Wiley is to keep serving 10/10 pasta with impeccable ingredients and I know Salt Bae was a thing for a while, but maybe be a little less heavy-handed with the sodium?

2. Hillenbrand Dining Court

This is where it got hard. Between Hillenbrand and my number one choice, I struggled with determining where to place them but I finally concluded that Hillenbrand came just shy of number one. Hillenbrand is what I believe to be the best in terms of food diversity but the worst in terms of lines. I guess with great food comes even greater and longer waiting. The number of times I have waited in a ridiculously long line for the make your own Burger Bar, Wings Your Way Bar, or Quesadilla bar is too many to count. However, I continue to do so because the food is so good. Maybe it's unfair to rank a dining court based on its lines rather than it's food but someone has to be number one.

My advice to Hillenbrand is to keep the food diversity up, but work on getting it out faster because I'm hungry!

1. Windsor Dining Court

All of the many things that set Windsor above the rest are fresh baked cookies, halal options, gourmet salad bar, and make your own burrito bar. I constantly find myself eating at Windsor munching on a kale salad with quinoa, hot chicken, and Italian salad dressing or a burrito bowl that comes without the extra fee of getting double guac. I mean come on people gourmet salads and burrito bowls are all anyone needs! But let's not forget the fresh baked desserts that the amazing kitchen staff whip up, they taste homemade and are too addictive to not pass up. Bonus of Windsor? It's architecture resembles Hogwarts, which makes for an even better dining experience.

My advice to Windsor is to never change!

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