Your new college bucket list

Admit it: you already have a bucket list, that long catalog of stuff you’ve got to do before you kick the bucket. But if you don’t have a college edition of that same list, make one now and start working your way down it. Why? So you don’t miss out on any essential college experiences. Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Road trip. Isn’t this the first idea that comes to mind? If you’re looking for a good time, a road trip is pretty much old faithful. Just pick a faraway destination (say, a random fast food restaurant in a different state), get a pack of friends to squeeze into a car that’s on its last legs, turn up the radio, and go.

2. Sit in on classes you didn’t sign up for. To get the full college experience (on the academic side of things), why not sit in on a class or two? If there’s a course or two that look awesome but you didn’t want to sign up for, show up and take a seat, just once. What’s the worst that could happen? The professor asks you to leave? Chances are they won’t even notice.

3. Get on the roof. Whether it’s the roof of your dorm, the campus center, or wherever, there’s a way up there, and the view is no doubt amazing. Grab a couple friends and maybe a snack, find your way there (you might have to pick a lock or two), and appreciate it.

4. Karaoke. This should be on everyone’s bucket list no matter what.

5. Join a band. What student doesn’t love music? The answer: no student, because everyone in college loves music, and you’re not the only one who has a guitar or instrument lying around. So why not get together and see what you can do? Sad but true: it’s a lot harder to rock out when college is over.

6. Go streaking. Through the library.

7. Help out. Sometimes it’s not what you take, but what you give that has the biggest impact. So ask around regarding who or what needs some help in your community. It could be as simple as raking some leaves, painting a fence, or tutoring. Whatever it is, you’ll be glad you did it.

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