The Ultimate Penn State Senior Bucket List

Senior season is upon us, folks.

Given how massive Happy Valley is, there are quite a few things we can’t leave campus without doing. From traveling through famous hotspots to enjoying downtown, we’ll miss the sights and sounds of Happy Valley and remember memories far down the road.

With the recent celebration of 100 Days until Graduation, the countdown has begun. Here are 35 things you just can’t miss before moving on from Dear Old State. 

  1. Start a “WE ARE” chant in a crowded, public setting.
  2. Enjoy a Dirty Sprite at Champs Downtown…without the use of LineLeap, you cheaters. 
  3. Take the midnight train White Loop going anywhere. Joyride time. 
  4. Perform a solo rendition of “We’re All In This Together” on the HUB’s high school musical steps.
  5. Cheer on the baseball team at an infamous Dollar Dog Night.
  6. Go ghost-hunting in Schwab Auditorium and meet Schwabo in the attic. 
  7. Participate in a Penn State Hoops halftime game, win it, and earn the respect of your peers once and for all. 
  8. Take a springtime stroll through the Arboretum. 
  9. Dance along with Hockey Valley at Pegula and participate in an enemy-crushing cheer. 
  10. Break par at St. Andrews, courtesy of PGM’s golf simulator. 
  11. Jog around Beaver Stadium in the calmness of the early morning. 
  12. Chow down on an all-you-can-eat meal at Pollock Dining Hall, then leave the area immediately. 
  13. Climb to the top of the IM Building’s rock climbing wall, dismount with no grace, and hop right back up as if you didn’t just eat it.
  14. Learn ALL of the words to the Alma Mater. Stop the mumbling. 
  15. Discover the underground tunnels of East Halls and live to see the light of day again.
  16. Order a hefty scoop of Death by Chocolate and enjoy the incredible customer service of the Creamery staff.
  17. Pop a squat in the Pattee Stacks, locate the oldest book you can find, and read it until you’ve learned something.
  18. Hike Mount Nittany just to say you did. 
  19. Stand in the Bryce Jordan Center for all 46 hours of THON. Go all out #FTK. 
  20. Order a caramel macchiato from the Paterno Starbucks. Life is short. Get the venti. 
  21. Take your new profile photo at the Nittany Lion Shrine.
  22. Attend a Power Remix class by Campus Rec and try not to embarrass yourself.
  23. Split a bottle of wine with friends at a stellar Cafe Laura theme dinner. 
  24. Walk down to Findlay Commons, people-watch the Class of 2027, and thank your god for making it past freshman year. 
  25. Grab one (or seven) famous cookies in Waring Commons. 
  26. While walking off those calories, count the number of squirrels that cross your path. 
  27. Wait 15 minutes and listen to the chimes of Old Main sing. Nature is healing, folks.
  28. Travel to the top of the Old Main Bell Tower to see school history inside and out.
  29. Then, find your way to the real highest point on campus: Oswald Tower. Compare, contrast, and tell your friends.
  30. Attend Gaffeoke and perform your worst best rendition of “Stayin’ Alive” on a Wednesday night.
  31. Locate the Yallah walkup window in the dark of the night and order heaven on earth.
  32. Lay out on the HUB Lawn during an unseasonably sunny day. 
  33. Go to a wrestling match in Rec Hall, and “root, root, root, for the home team.”
  34. Take your parents to The Corner Room during a visit and remember how much you missed them. 
  35. Make the Dean’s List despite the odds and senioritis. Now or never, folks. 

While we’re here, we couldn’t leave out some honorable mentions that just might make a few blue-and-white dreams come true.

The ‘Magic Wand’ List: Top Five Wishes For The Happy Valley Dreamers

  1. Ride on the rickshaw with CJF.
  2. Hit the range with the Penn State golf team.
  3. Split a creamery milkshake with the Willard Preacher.
  4. Learn a sideline dance with the Lionettes.
  5. Selfie with President Bendapudi

Seniors can dream, can’t we?

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Lizzie Palmieri

Lizzie is a senior majoring in Marketing and Psychology from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Ask her about Disney World, Diet Pepsi, or dancing on the Jumbotron at Beaver Stadium. When not causing general trouble, Lizzie enjoys playing golf, performing in the theatre, and being the CEO of reorganizing the fridge. Her favorite thing to do is hang out with her sassy sidekick, 19-year-old Italian Greyhound, Macaroni. Follow her on Twitter @lizziepalmieri if your deepest desire is bestie vibes only.

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