The College Bucket List

My degree is within reach. In a few short months I will be graduating. It is amazing how quickly our college years pass – often we don’t take a moment to reflect on all the things we wish to do during our college days. I would encourage EVERY student to write their very own college bucket list. Whether you’re just beginning your journey or near the finish line, it isn’t too late to begin crossing off items on your list. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

1. Live on campus
Living on campus is an excellent way to connect with peers and establish friends. When busy with classes and work, the convenience of living on campus saves you valuable time and avoids additional stressors. RAs are a great resource who can become peer mentors, too.

2. Explore your college town
The “Class and Dash” syndrome must be avoided! Your university has strong ties with its location – begin to explore and understand your new academic home and get to know the area like a local! Visit bars and restaurants with friends. Study in a neighboring coffee shop or park. There may be many surprises to discover in your college city.

3. Go Greek (or at least check it out!)
Greek Life is worth investigating. Greek organizations extend beyond the realm of friendship and social activities; Greek life offers other advantages such as providing career networking, supporting philanthropic endeavors, encouraging leadership and academic growth, and more. There is a vast array of sororities and fraternities: social, multicultural, honor, professional, or philanthropic. Perhaps one will fit for you!

4. Attend sporting events
Nothing says school spirit like adorning yourself in school colors, grabbing a group of friends, and cheering on the home team at your favorite sporting event. Look into different sports – perhaps the fencing team could use a bigger crowd of fans! Make a point to support your athletic peers.

5. Study Abroad
Ever dreamed of traveling? There are study abroad programs that can match any students’ preferences. Some programs could last a year, a semester, a few weeks in the summer, or over spring break. You can select a program based upon location, field of study, service learning, or cultural emergence. This is an experience that will change your life. Dive in.

6. Become a leader
It is highly encouraged for students to “get involved” on campus. Take it a step further and be a leader! Campaign for a cause. Begin a student organization. Run for office. Hold a position. Be inventive in your role. Show initiative in your campus involvement. Demonstrating leadership ability will help you develop skills that will be attractive to future employers.

7. Apply for scholarships
The expenses of college can be a huge financial burden for students. Constantly be aware of scholarship opportunities in your program of study or organizations that support your field. If you do receive a scholarship, always follow up with letters of gratitude and notes on holidays.

Tell us: What’s on your college bucket list?

~Amanda C., Wayne State, Guest Blogger

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