30 Things to Do Before You Graduate from CSULB

30 Things to Do Before You Graduate from CSULB

A bucket list by a senior in denial that she's (almost) out of college.

Okay, so I guess this doesn't just have to be for seniors, but if you're a fourth year (or fifth or sixth or whatever), you really need to start crossing things off, because it may be your last chance (sniff sniff).

  1. Give your favorite professor a cheesy teacher gift to say thank you. If even ONE professor has impacted your life, or even an advisor or CSULB staff, make sure to thank them before they forget your face in the next few years. Even a nicely worded email about how they've changed your life will literally make their career.
  2. Actually use the Rec center, since our tuition pays for it anyway. There's even yoga class and rock climbing.
  3. Roll down that one grass hill your SOAR advisor told you about. Isn’t it supposed to give you A’s? Who knows. I think it's the hill by the Hall of Science building, but I'm sure any hill you find will do.
  4. Actually talk to someone in your class and make a friend instead of being anti-social and only talking to the people you've met before.
  5. Drink a beer or wine at the Nugget. This one isn’t for me, but for any other legal student that has been lagging. I’ve crossed this off my list a long time ago, as displayed here (the beer is green because it was St. Patrick's Day):
  6. Make friends with a professor. And by friends, I mean to the level where you have at least one inside joke and they've added you on Facebook. This is a plea to my professor Norbert Schurer - you're the bomb!
  7. Go to a sports game that isn’t basketball. Unless you have friends who are athletes, it's tough to be motivated to go to events, but I guarantee that our student athletes will surprise you with their energy and skill. STILL go to basketball games, but make some time to see women's volleyball or even baseball!
  8. Buy an alumni shirt for yourself. Or maybe a shot glass. Do they have those?
  9. Find out where you can use your student ID to get a discount, and go there while you still can. I don't want to be a real adult yet. Maybe I'll go to school one more year so I can keep getting a measly discount at some places...who could turn down this messy-bunned blonde?
  10. Go bowling at the USU. Why haven't I done this yet?
  11. Explore the library. Find a secluded spot for some...ahem...private studying with that one guy from your chem class that smells like AXE but has really cute dimples.
  12. Go to the University Art Museum. That little tucked away place next to the Horn Center needs some extra loving!
  13. Study at the Horn Center for once instead of the Library. The chairs alone make me dream about taking naps there between classes.
  14. Do all the fun things that CSULB offers during finals week, like massages and henna.
  15. Lay in the hammocks whenever they’re up. They are actually super comfy and surprisingly big. I suggest sharing with a BFF and avoid running into the professor of the class you ditched that morning.
  16. Get your face painted by Dave, the guy who paints on the grass during the day on the commencement lawn. Go follow him on Instagram, too @ davetherainbow.
  17. Go to a show at the Carpenter Center. They're always having events there like musicals, concerts, lectures, and student performances. Some are even free if you're a student!
  18. Take a class I would never take in a million years just to challenge yourself. I suggest Love, Life, and the World, or a class that is the total opposite of your major.
  19. Pull a finals week all-nighter. Like, a legit all-nighter with NO sleeping. Push some library tables together, drink a Monster, pile up pillows and blankets to stay comfy, and study until the sun rises the next day. But no camping, I guess...
  20. Juggle something with the juggling club. Man, they always look like they're having fun when I walk by them.
  21. Go through Fall or Spring sorority recruitment or rush a fraternity. Hey, don’t knock it till you try it! Even if you don’t join, you can end up making a few friends and realizing a bit about yourself on the way. I ended up making lifetime friends and memories with some amazing Alpha Omicron Pis! But don't let me convince you. Sign up for Formal 2015 Sorority recruitment here and learn more about fraternity recruitment here.
  22. Eat a meal at the Outpost. If you're a Liberal Arts major like me, you may not have even heard of this place. It's just like the Nugget, but it's by the Engineering buildings. The breakfast is the bomb, and it's usually less crowded with obnoxious people, unlike its counterpart.
  23. Become involved with your major department. Actually go to events they put on like the mixers, apply for a scholarship, maybe even join one of their clubs if you haven't already.
  24. Go to the Japanese Garden. Look up the hours beforehand, or even go during a break in classes. Bring a friend or go alone - either way, it's beautiful and relaxing. You can even feed the koi fish!
  25. Eat at a dorm dining hall. Befriend a student who lives in the dorms so they can swipe you in, or go and pay per meal with card or cash. I suggest the off-campus dorms at Beachside, but they've finished construction on the Parkside dining hall and it's gorgeous. Sure, it's not restaurant quality (believe me, I used to work there), but you gotta do it once, especially if you're a transfer or never lived in the dorms.
  26. Befriend an international student! Help them with English, and maybe learn a few phrases from their country. Who knows, if you ever do end up in Germany, you could have a place to crash!
  27. Leave a big tip for your favorite Starbucks or Coffee Bean barista. C’mon, they make us coffee to get through all those midterms, suffer the sighs and requests and complaints from bitchy professors and students, and do it all with a smile. Yeah, they may not always spell our name right, but they’re literally college students just like you, so tip ‘em really nicely after you get your paycheck.
  28. Study abroad, if you haven’t already. Go to Brotman Hall and pick up a flyer, or stop by their office and look into programs with international universities. Expand your horizons! Traveling abroad always looks good on your resume, especially if it has to do with your field of study. I recommend doing volunteer work in an underprivileged country, but visiting a touristy European city can be worthwhile, too. There are always scholarships available to help sponsor your tuition, and even trips that happen during Winter Session or Summer Session. You can even earn college credit while you're away! I personally went to India for three weeks, and was so glad I did.
  29. Vote in the ASI elections. Actually research candidates and VOTE! These students lobby for us on our behalf in order to make CSULB a better place for us and future students.
  30. And last, but not least, jump into the Brotman Hall fountain. Snap a few selfies while you’re at it, too, to memorialize your senior year. Brownie points if you jump in with your grad gown.

Anything you'd add to this CSULB student bucket list? I'd love to hear from you in the comments before they send me my diploma and kick me out!

Cover Image Credit: Megan Crayne Beall

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15 Signs You're A Full-Time Working Girl, 40 Hours A Week Or More

Forty hours a week really changes you.

Forty hour work weeks, 5 days, 8 hours per day. Full-time jobs require a lot of dedication and consume the majority of your time. I love my full-time internship, honestly. It's a lot of fun and I get to experience what it will be like when I grow up and work at a company. Here are some signs that you work full time.

1. You're always tired

Waking up at 6, being at work by 8 and not leaving until 5 can really make you exhausted. Waking up early kicks off your exhaustion while everything in between 8-5 can make you tired as well so by the end of the workday, you're ready for a nap. Except if you nap, then you won't sleep later and be even more tired the next day. Thank God for coffee.

2. Your body adjusts to waking up early

I don't seem to really sleep in anymore on the weekends. My body thinks I should be up early so I'm now waking up at 7 or 8. But hey I get to lay in bed until whenever I want so I don't mind too much.

3. Weekends become your summer

You try to squeeze your normal summer days into two days. Because they are the only days you have off, so you try to make the best of them.

4. Plan out your outfits

You tend to plan out your outfits every night because if you don't, you will be late to work. You can't just throw on any old shirt and shorts. You got to look good and professional.

5. Don't do anything during the week

You're dead after a day of work, so you dedicate your off time to resting and relaxation. You probably won't make major plans during the week.

6. "Sorry, I have to work."

This phrase is used a lot. If someone tries to plan something during the week: "Sorry, I have to work." Or if there's a late night party: "Sorry, I have to work [the next day]."

7. Love three day weekends

Three day weekends are a blessing from God. But the Friday before is an absolute killer and all you want to do is leave. Or the Monday after is even more worse than a normal Monday.


Fridays have a whole new meaning when you work full-time. You can have a successful day at work and then you're able to party hard because you don't have to work in the morning. They also are the day that people can easily leave early on because hey, it's Friday.

9. Friends on the weekend

You won't see your friends until the weekend most likely. And sometimes you want to see them all at once but it's tough when you have only two free days. So hopefully all your friends are able to hang out together so you can see them all.

10. Have more laundry

I basically wear two outfits a day. My work outfit and my after work outfit. And they both are washed differently so I have to do separate loads. It actually sucks.

11. Super good at keeping track of time

You're always looking at the clock and become very aware of what time it is. It's weird but sometimes helps you get through the day.

12. You're always hungry

I've noticed that I am absolutely starving by the time 11 am rolls around. Then, when I get home, I am starving for dinner. Not sure why or how because I sit at a desk all day and don't have any physical activity but I eat a lot.

13. You're going to be pale

If your full-time job is in the summer, there's no way you'll get your usual tan if you work inside. Tanning is only for the weekends now so soak up the sun.

14. You may spend a little bit more

You're making good money at this job, so why not spend a little extra on some things? But everyone is different, so others may not even change how they spend their money.

15. Hump day has a whole new meaning

Took me from the time I first saw that commerical to when I started my full-time job to realize Wednesday is hump day because you're over the hump of the week.

Cover Image Credit: Kelly Toncre

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Am I A Good Person?

Is nice different than good?


Before you ask no, this is NOT me trying to get people to tell me I'm a good person. In fact, I'd appreciate it if you DIDN'T comment that I am. This article isn't about me looking for attention or fishing for compliments. This article is about something else entirely.

As I walked to the train station today after work I watched a woman fall face first as she was crossing the road. I was standing right next to her. I saw her toe catch on her first step. I saw her fall in slow motion. I saw her lying on the ground like a starfish. I saw a man run up to her and grab her arm to help her up. I saw everyone stop and turn around to see what happened.

And what did I do? Nothing. I stood and watched. I was right there. I was probably the closest person to her and I didn't even try to help. Sure I stopped, but I didn't ask her if she was okay. I didn't help her stand up. I just stood and watched for a minute and then once she was standing I kept walking.

The moment I started to walk I couldn't help but wonder am I a good person? I thought about all the homeless people I had passed since starting my job a little over a month ago. Had I stopped and given them any money? No, not even once.

How can I be a good person when I'm not helping someone in need?

But it wasn't like I pushed the woman over I told myself. It wasn't like I'd been mean to any of the homeless people I'd passed. I didn't spit at them or insult them. What did that make me?

As I continued on my way down the street I started to think about "Into the Woods." In "Into the Woods" there are two different songs that explored the difference between nice and good. The witch tells all the protagonists that "You're not good, you're not bad, you're just nice." This line always confused me. Doesn't being nice make you good? Does nice not equal good?

Now the line seems to make more sense. Just because someone is nice that doesn't make them good. I may not have pushed her over, which is nice, but I didn't help which would've been the good thing to do. I may not have spit at the homeless person, which was nice, but I didn't give them my change which would have been the good thing to do.

As I sat down on the train I couldn't get this question out of my head. If I don't do the right thing all the time am I not a good person? If I'm just nice am I not good? I'm not saying I'm a bad person. That lyric comes back to me "you're not good, you're not bad, you're just nice."

But what quantity of niceness makes you good? How much good do you have to do before you are good? Does doing one huge good thing make you a good person or do you always need to be doing good things? How much of the time can you not be good and still be considered a good person? Is it 50/50? 20/80? 0/100?

Like I said earlier I didn't write this article for the attention. I wrote this article to make you question yourself. Are you good? Or are you just nice?

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