College is just a few short years, but there are a countless number of things every college student should do before they graduate. It’s never fun to be the college graduate that regrets “what they should have done” while they had the chance. To avoid this, make yourself a bucket list before you begin your freshman year, and check off as you go. Here are some ideas to get started.
1) Get an internship. This is important to do in order to gain connections and set yourself up for a potential entry level job post-graduation. It doesn’t necessarily guarantee that you will be hired, but it benefits you in so many ways in regards to both experience and finding out if what you’re studying throughout college is what you see yourself doing in the future.
2) Attend a school-related sporting event. There’s no greater feeling than being part of a crowd of fellow students cheering on their school team. At Florida State, the school spirit is bone-chilling and a once in a lifetime event that all graduates miss.
3) Take a spontaneous road trip with your friends. Depending on where you attend school, a lot of popular spots for college students are Orlando, Panama City Beach, and New Orleans. Last minute road trips are the best yet. College gives you the opportunity to make the decision the night before, pack up, and go, even if you only have $30 in your pocket.
4) Pull an all nighter in the library. It’s tradition to do at least once, especially during finals week. Bring all of your friends, find a table, and plant yourself there for the entire night with some snacks and coffee on standby.
5) Cut the negatives out of your life. We graduated and moved on from high school for a reason. Avoid anyone in your life that seems to bring upon negative vibes. Learn to make adult decisions in college by not caring what others think of you. There are various types of people that you will come across and be able to build relationships with, so never feel the need to hold onto the bad.
6) Study abroad. While I have personally never studied abroad, everyone always has nothing but positive experiences and stories from their time spent abroad. It gives you an accurate perspective into the lives of other cultures, in addition to the thrill of traveling before having any major responsibilities.
7) Learn how to handle your liquor. Let’s face it, we all drink in college, whether it’s five nights a week or just once throughout the semester. Live up the crazy nights and accumulate stories you can laugh about with your friends years down the road. Find your balance and know how to have fun while still being responsible. Those nights stumbling home at 4 AM and somehow making it out alive will eventually catch up, so do it while you can.
8) Attend a music festival with your friends. I’ve only attended one music festival, and I certainly hope to relive it. They’re the ideal atmosphere for relaxing and drinking in the great outdoors.
9) Find what you love to do. Its cliché, but in the end, that’s what college is all about. Find whatever motivates you to wake up every single morning to do what you’re passionate about.
10) Create a website. Whether it’s a WIX page or your own themed website, this is huge plus when searching for a job. It will certainly make you stand out from the typical graduate with just a resume and cover letter. Compile all of the work you’re proud of, fix it up, and download and organize it all onto one site. Companies will appreciate the extra efforts during the hiring process.
Check off this bucket list throughout college, and try your absolute best to take advantage of every single one. Add to the list as you go, and always remember, you only live once.