Your Complete College Bucket List

April 23, 2020 Rachel Grier

We usually think of a bucket list as a compilation of the things we want to do throughout our lives. Yet, when you’re a young college student, there’s no sense of urgency, and as a result, you may end up putting off bucket list items until much later. Fortunately, there’s no reason to only have a bucket list that applies to your entire life — you can also create one just for your time at college. Here are some ideas to use as inspiration.

  1. Collect Photos for an Album

You most likely take pictures all the time, but how many of these will you treasure forever? If you snap without thinking, you may realize later that you’re missing photos of some of the most important people in your life.

Dedicate an album exclusively to your best pictures. Save photos of people who have had the biggest impact on your college life, remembering to include your closest friends, favourite professors, and even mentors like teaching assistants and administrators.

Make sure to include pictures of places as well. Take photos of your most loved hang-out spots, your room, and anywhere else that has special meaning. Right now, it’s hard to imagine that you’ll ever forget these places, but there will be a time when they’re no longer crystal clear in your mind.

  1. Tell Your Crush How You Feel

Admitting your feelings to a crush can be daunting, but if you stay silent, you’ll always wonder what could have been. If there’s someone you’ve had feelings for but haven’t worked up the courage to tell them yet, give yourself a pep talk and just go for it!

  1. Explore Campus Fully

Is there an eatery on campus you always walk past without trying the food? You could be missing out on a culinary treat. Order something as soon as possible, before the opportunity is gone forever. Then, continue your tour of your campus, finding other areas you’ve never visited before. You may realize that you don’t know your college as well as you thought.

  1. Submit Something to Your College Paper

It doesn’t matter if you don’t excel at writing — you have some unique insights that could be valuable to share in your college’s newspaper. Offer advice, talk about a particular experience you had, or write about anything else you think other students may find interesting or useful.

  1. Find Out About College Traditions

Every school has its own traditions and rituals. Participate in at least one during your time at college — it will likely be a memory you never forget and will help you feel even more connected to your school.

  1. Try Something Completely New

Step out of your comfort zone and attend an event you’re not sure you’ll even enjoy. Some ideas include attending a match for a less-popular sport, volunteering, or just going to a meetup where you’re unlikely to know anyone.

  1. Express Your Gratitude

Your favourite professors and other people at college will never know how much they mean to you if you don’t tell them. Most students can name at least one person who changed their life. Maybe it’s a professor who inspired a passion for a certain subject, or someone who gave you guidance when you were struggling. Express your gratitude by telling them in person, sending an email of thanks, or even buying a small gift to give on graduation day.

  1. Reward Yourself for Graduating

You deserve recognition, too! You’ve put in hard work to reach graduation. Reward yourself with a keepsake that will always remind you of your college days. If you don’t want to spend a lot, consider a keychain or business card holder from your campus bookstore.

If you find that you’re struggling to have a meaningful college experience, it could be a result of where you’re living. When you’re stuck sharing a cramped room, it’s difficult to focus on any goals beyond academics. You’ll be surprised how much of a difference it can make to have your own space in an apartment you share with friends. It’s not too late to change housing: move into off-campus Niagara College residence to give yourself the push you need to start meeting your goals.