I’m officially a junior in college, meaning that I only have two years left here on the hill. No, I’m not crying, my allergies have just been really acting up lately and it’s fine.
Now that I’m a ~cool~ upperclassman, I thought I could take some time to look back at the past two years and forward onto the next two years, too. So here I present to you:
The Tufts Bucket List:
This is for sure something that every freshman needs to make ASAP, because Tufts has TONS of cool traditions and things to do before graduating. Just to give you an idea of what kinds of things you could put on such a list, here are 5 of the things that I’ve got on mine:
1. Paint the cannon
Difficulty level: Finding an empty table in Dewick during open block
Possibly the most common item on a Tufts students’ bucket list, painting the cannon is almost a rite of passage. You can paint it to advertise for an event coming up, as a bonding activity for your hall mates, or just because. This bucket list item doesn’t take much skill; you just have to be persistent and willing to guard the cannon to make sure no one paints over your creation.
2. Friend Tony Monaco (IRL or just on Facebook)
Difficulty level: you literally click a button on the computer; it’s not hard, I promise
Seriously, if you friend him on Facebook, he’ll write on your wall on your birthday which is honestly pretty cool considering he probably has a billion things on his to-do list (I actually have no idea what being the president of a college entails, but I assume it’s a lot.) Also- get a meal with him, he makes time for that, too! Definitely get a group of friends together and go to Carm or Dewick with President Monaco. It’s always fun to see adults going through the salad bar line or working the Panini press.
3. Take a class outside your major, outside your interests, and go into it with an open mind
Difficulty level: trying to catch the Joey
I did this my freshman year and could not have been happier with the class I took. I’m a biology major, but took a class called “Legal Reasoning” and it challenged me to think in such a different way than I’m used to and I met a lot of different people from it, too. Tufts has distribution requirements for a reason- expand your horizons and take some different classes just for fun; you’ll probably end up learning a lot and having a great time.
4. Find a passion and pursue it
Difficulty level: getting up for an 8 am class on Friday morning
Finding a passion could be easy or hard, it just depends on the person. But your passion doesn’t have to be something you major in; it could be anything from riding your bike to doing a weekly radio show to doing community service on the weekends. College is the time to cultivate your interests, so go do it!
5. Ride the Jumbo Statue???
Difficulty level: ???
You definitely need to work out the logistics of this before attempting anything/TUPD probably wouldn’t be thrilled with you, but you’d be my hero. You can accomplish anything if you want it enough.
Other things on my bucket list include, but are not limited to: get a meal with a professor, join Tufts Dance Collective for a semester, visit the Loj, and explore Boston. Now that you've got an idea of what to do around here, get off your computer and start crossing things off your list!