Whether you’re a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior, what challenges, goals, or traditions do you want to undertake before college graduation? You may be weeks away from graduation—are you still thinking about taking on that one college tradition you never managed to do? Or take photos of people who have made a difference in your college life? Now’s the time, even if you’re a graduating senior!
You may be concluding your freshman year and know of certain classes you want to take in the years before graduating. Maybe you want to learn a new language or write for a campus publication. Perhaps there are activities or clubs you want to join or sporting events you want to attend. Is there something that not only you, but many other students would want to try?
Before you graduate, think about what you want to do before leaving those “hallowed halls” and stepping out into the world. Find inspiration in these students’ college bucket lists.
Get Job Experience
“Get a co-op job to complete FIT’s unique Pro-Track co-op program, gaining valuable workplace experience and connecting with industry leaders in mechanical engineering.”— Adam, junior at Florida Institute of Technology
Go on a Global Outreach Trip
“The thing I want to do before I graduate is participate in a trip with my school’s Global Outreach Program, which organizes outreach trips all around the world. I want to do this because I don’t think I’ll ever have a better opportunity or time to experience a different culture and language and also make some kind of difference in the world. I think that it would be a life-changing experience.”— Bailey, freshman at Fordham University
Carry Out College Traditions
“Watch the sunrise on Horsebarn Hill [a farm located on the UCONN campus in Storrs, Connecticut]. The Hill is special because it’s very scenic and pretty. And that’s where the cows and animals are.”—Natalie, junior at University of Connecticut
Explore the State
“I hope to study abroad in Italy while I am at college. The abroad program is very beneficial to students who seek to learn more in different cultures than their own. This program helps you connect your major with studying in another country to increase your individuality and academic success.”—Victoria, freshman at University of Rhode Island
Design an Invention
“I’ve been designing video games for four years now, and I’m planning on making one while in college. It’s been in the works for a few months now, and making it would fit in with my major (Game Design and Development).”—Brandon, freshman at Rochester Institute of Technology
Perform Community Service
“Before I graduate I want to go on a service break trip and do community service during one of my fall or spring breaks, because it’s a great experience to meet new people, travel, and to realize how lucky you are.”—Kylie, freshman at Villanova University
Bask in the College Atmosphere
Attend Career-Building Events
So whether you’re planning to start your first year of college or entering the final countdown for senior year, think about your college bucket list and all the exciting things you hope to accomplish before commencement. There’s still time!