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Staff Picks: Onward State’s Class Of 2022 Senior Year Bucket List

With graduation just around the corner, it’s time for seniors to enjoy their last semester and check everything off their bucket lists. We all knew it was coming, but who thought it would actually happen?

Whether you want to actually participate in the Mifflin Streak or hike Mount Nittany, there’s no time like the present to get started. Maybe the real bucket list is the friends you made along the way.

Take a look below for some of the items on our staffers’ bucket lists.

Hope Damato — Hike Mount Nittany

I had a hard time picking just one thing to do. It’s definitely cheesy, but I need to hike Mount Nittany before I graduate. I’ve just never had the opportunity for a climb with all my school work, and I’ve put it off for almost four years now. Boy, did those go by fast? I think that Mount Nittany is one of those staple experiences that every student knows they need to try, but clearly not me…yet.

David Beck — Actually Attend The Blue-White Game

The Blue-White Game was an actual event in only our freshman year, and I passed out in the tailgate lots at 9 a.m. after a few too many Jell-O shots coffees. Then, the pandemic began, and it got canceled during my sophomore and junior years. So, this is the last chance! I need to actually watch the game as a student. Note to self: Pace the beverages.

Mackenzie Cullen — Complete ’55 Days Of Cafe’

55 Days Of Cafe is the ultimate staple among graduating seniors. Is there a better way to cope with the thought of graduating by drowning your sadness in mango pitchers? Yes, but still! I simply cannot graduate if I don’t at least attempt to complete 55 Days, no matter how much my bank account will hate me for it in the end.

Will Pegler — Ring The Victory Bell

Despite my incredible athletic ability, I have never played in a game for Penn State football. Shocking as that might be, I still want to ring the victory bell that sits at the south end zone gate at Beaver Stadium. Each player rings the bell after every home win, and I’d love to get a chance to experience that feeling once before I graduate. What do you say, James? Maybe after this year’s Blue-White Game? We could also just set up a specific date and time for the event. My schedule is pretty open.

Ryen Gailey — Camp At Beaver Stadium

Something that’s been on my bucket list for years has been to sleep out on the lawn beside Beaver Stadium and watch the sunrise from there. Now, I don’t have the passion or want to do something like Nittanyville, but I meant to have a genuine “sleepover” on the grass, stay up all night talking with my friends, and then watch the sunrise over State College.

Beaver Stadium is one of, if not the, most iconic spots in Happy Valley, and I’ve spent probably hundreds of hours collectively in my lifetime watching football there. I think it’d be nice for a change to enjoy the quiet and the scenery surrounding the area, instead of it being packed with 110,000 people while reflecting on my time at Penn State. We’ll need to wait until all this snow melts first, but catch me by Beaver Stadium the first chance I get.

Charles Reinert  — Ultimate Bar Crawl

I want to go to every bar downtown. This may seem a bit cliché, but it’s definitely something everyone should shoot for during their time in State College. From the energy of Champs to lesser-known options like Sharkie’s, the bar scene in State College offers a wide and diverse set of experiences. Don’t you want to see everything the town has to offer?

Erin Sullivan — Tour Campus…All The Way

Before I graduate, I want to go into every building at Penn State. I’ll be realistic and draw the line at dorms, but at the rate that I’m paying, I need to see everything this place has to offer. Everyone has been in Thomas or Osmond, but how many people do you know regularly going into Oswald Tower or the Law Building? I don’t even know what happens in the Mateer Building. How can I leave here after four years and just have not entered every singular building while I still can? I won’t be able to live with myself come May 8 if I haven’t stepped foot in the Calorimeter Museum that I walk by almost every day.

Matt DiSanto — Actually Try Canyon Pizza

So, I have a confession.

Anyone who knows me knows I love pizza. A well-done Margherita pie is a small slice of heaven on Earth, and I’ll never miss a chance to make that known to anyone I’m with. However, I’ve never tried State College’s most infamous slice.

In my defense, Canyon’s word-of-mouth hasn’t helped sway me into a taste test. I rarely spend my nights downtown, and when I do, I opt for a pizza that I already know, like Snap or Margarita’s. Either way, I’m on a mission to give that infamous $1 slice its fair shake this spring.

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