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Senior Bucket List: 10 Things to Do Before Graduation

by Mike Misciagno

Time flies when you’re having fun, and it sure goes by quickly when you’ve spent the last few years of your life at the most fun school in America. Unfortunately, the real world will not allow us to live in the splendor that is the Penn State collegiate experience forever. Seniors, it’s upon us: the final home stretch.

We compiled a list of ten things that you need to do before it’s time to don your caps and gowns (Easy plug: For more PG-rated bucket list items, check out Lion’s List):

1. Get on the Field at Beaver Stadium

Beaver Stadium North Endzone

If you haven’t gotten the opportunity yet, find a way. Preferably, you’ll want to find a legal means of doing so.

2. Hook Up on Campus


We’re not talking about on-campus housing. Admit it. You’ve had your fantasies. You also have spent enough time on campus to know where security cameras are located. Get to it.

3. Drink with Your Favorite Professor


You came to Penn State for its excellent education, and undoubtedly a phenomenal professor was instrumental in your learning. Grab a couple drinks with that professor and learn something new.

4. Get Kicked Out of a Bar


Seniors: this is the time to get rowdy. If you haven’t been dramatically escorted out of an establishment yet, all it takes is a couple drinks and a stumble. Optional are brawls, but that may or may not have severe consequences.

5. Go to All the Bars


This task is relatively easy. Bar tours are effectively a one-day ordeal in which most of the bars you haven’t been to can be marked off the checklist. While you’re at it, you might as well get your butt on the somewhat sketchy shuttle van to the End Zone as a final hoorah.

6. The Basics

Boalsburg and Mt. Nittany Middle School Overlook

To tackle a few of the things mentioned on Penn State bucket list posters, if you haven’t done so already, you should probably climb Mount Nittany, take some photos on the Lion Shrine, and scarf down some freshly baked cookies from West.

7. Find a Job

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Alright, so this might be a touchy subject, and it’s tough to face reality after four years of euphoria. For those who have yet to find gainful employment post-graduation, now is the time to get your life in order.

8. Feast on Your Favorite State College Food

Berkey Creamery

State College isn’t a culinary hub by any means, but there are some go-to places for your favorite food. Whether it’s Bell’s Greek Pizza, Pokey Stix, Wings Over, or China Dragon, you better eat up before you end up a couple hours outside of Happy Valley.

9. Hang Out with Your Friends from Freshman Year

East Halls

If you were like me and fortunate enough to love the floor you lived on during your freshman year at Penn State, it’ll be a memorable gathering to spend some time with the people you’ve known since day one. And let’s admit, we did some regrettably stupid stuff freshman year that is bound to bring up great memories.

10. Thank the People who were with You for the Last Four/Five/Six Years of Your Life.


Parents, friends, roommates, classmates, mentors, and the people you run into at parties all the time are the people that have shaped your college experience. Maybe you spent an entire year getting breakfast from the same lady at the dining commons, or visited Mike the Mailman a few times more than the average Penn State student. These people are also individuals who have made an impact on your time at Penn State, and it’s important to let them know that they’re appreciated.

There are so many things to do, and so little time. The short amount of time left before graduation is not to be taken for granted. Live it up!

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About the Author

Yuka Narisako

Yuka legally immigrated to the United States via airplane in 1996 from the small island nation of Japan. Since then she has migrated throughout the country and now identifies herself as a senior majoring in Architectural Engineering. The Shandygaff is her Happy Place, though she was once kicked out of the establishment after breaking her shoe and screaming “I LOVE DAY DRINKING. I’M HAVING FUN.” Yuka is overly enthusiastic about life in general, but especially Ja Rule, Halloween, and the puffy black vest she purchased from the Gap. You can reach her at [email protected], or through Twitter @yukahontass.


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