Senior Spring Bucket List

Senior Spring Bucket List

A few things to attempt before you have to officially call yourself an "adult."

Flowers are meekly budding, birds are boldly singing, and snow is sporadically flurrying. It must be spring in Chicago. With spring, senior shenanigans (and anxiety) go into full swing. Whether you're a senior or a junior struck by senioritis, here are some bucket list items that you absolutely must check off before you toss your hat in June.

1. Create that secret society into which you'd always hoped that you'd be invited.

No DERU for you? That's no problem! Why not become the founding member of the secret sisterhood of the traveling NU hoodie? Find some like-minded people (probably your friend group), create a secret Facebook group proclaiming your new affiliation, and giggle to yourself about your genius. I totally didn't do this last quarter, what are you talking about?

2. Paint something.

It could be The Rock, a rock on the lake fill, your body at a soccer game (I think that those happen in the spring), or a canvas at Bottle and Bodega. Whatever it might be, don't be afraid to get creative. On a cheesy note, the world is your canvas, so let spring open your eyes to the beauty in Chicago and get artsy with it (even if it's only on Insta).

3. Travel to neighborhoods in Chicago that you've never been to or have never heard of!

I took the Metro from Millennium Park for the first time and it was kind of creepy initially, but also super cool. You get to ride the train through the Art Institute and there are actually a lot of really neat neighborhoods on that side of town. Don't be afraid to be a little touristy! While you might initially be uncomfortable, once you forget yourself and just enjoy the city, you'll probably experience a city that you never knew existed.

4. Do a donut, pie, pizza, hotdog, or really any "ton of food for no reason other than there are a lot of places that make this specific type of food and it's not even like it's a taste test because after a while the taste becomes negligible" crawl.

Get sick eating too much of one kind of food. Promise to never eat said food again. Repeat a month later.

5. Be childlike.

Please do this. Also, don't just do this now. College isn't the only time to be flirty and free. Go buy some chalk and draw on a sidewalk. Play on a swing set. Have a sleepover with your best friends. Talk to that kid in your class who you think is so cool because of the patch on his backpack. Wear that outfit that just borders on the edge of "Is this too weird for public?" Yes, it is, but everyone deserves to be a little too weird for public in the spring.

Anyway, spring has bitten me like the bright, sparkling, sun-loving anti-vampire that it is. Enjoy the warmth and don't be afraid to cross off things from your own bucket lists, my friends. I'll see you in June!

Cover Image Credit: Caroline Brown

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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To The High School Graduating Seniors

I know you're ready, but be ready.



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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