At some point, you’ve probably heard the term “Penn State bucket list” thrown around. Climbing Mount Nittany or camping out at Nittanyville are two of the more cliche experiences brought up when enumerating the things a Penn State student absolutely most do before graduation day. And while you probably have some semblance of a Penn State bucket list in your head, very few people actually lay it all out or organize those treasured Penn State experiences into something meaningful.
The new website and student registered organization called Lion’s List hopes to change that. Led by Executive Director and Penn State senior Corbin Reno, the project launched on Monday and already has more than 100 participants.
“I hope Lion’s List will give students a more diverse and fulfilling Penn State experience, and increase their pride in our university,” Reno said. “We expect students to leave with a stronger connection to the university and then hopefully give back to Penn State when they are able.”
Lion’s List is broken down into five categories: Give Back, Spirit, Beyond the Gates, Traditions, and Campus Life. Each category includes twelve different experiences integral to a well-rounded Penn State experience. Lion’s List users are able to select each experience and upload a photo of them completing it, which will check the item off their bucket list.
Users are required to check off five of the 12 items in each category to become an official “Lion’s List graduate.” What are the perks, you ask? That will depend on how much funding Reno and the Board of Directors are able to get from UPAC, but Reno says his goal is to have an end-of-the-year reception for graduates and the ability to order a bound book that would include information about your personal completed experiences.
“Lion’s List provides a direct, guided channel for students to experience what many organizations do, without necessarily being members of those organizations,” Reno said. “With our sustainable plan of changing as organizations change, yet ensuring that the staple Penn State traditions stay actively upheld, I believe that the Lion’s List program will be around for many future generations of Penn Staters.”
Among the other features of Lion’s List are an events calendar and organization directory. Local clubs and organizations can request its events be featured on Lion’s List to generate more interest and allow users more opportunities for check offs.