During orientation, I got a “23 Things To Do For The Class of 2023” bucket list. I’ve been steadily checking things off since last year, with some of the easier ones like “have lunch with someone new” and “join a student organization” getting checked off right away. I planned to spread them out over the course of my four years, but I realized this week that I haven’t gotten to do many of them this year because of Covid.
With only two and a half weeks left, I decided I need to cram in all of the Covid-safe things I could possibly do this year. By the end of this week, I will have completed the famous Tufts tradition, painting the cannon, and earlier this week, I completed one of my own bucket list tasks, watching a sunrise on the memorial steps.
On Monday, my friends, Meghan and Kaycee, and I met up at 5:30 a.m. at the top of the memorial steps (the impressively long steps near the SEC that I avoid like the plague). We played The Beatles' “Here Comes the Sun,” watched the blindingly bright sunrise over the sports fields, and took some pictures (one of which is featured above). Then, we went to the Dunkin’ on Boston Avenue and treated ourselves to some 6 a.m. donuts. While I don’t know that I will ever purposely wake up at 5 a.m. on a Monday morning again, it was a really nice way to start the day with some friends, and a cool thing to be able to check off my personal Tufts bucket list.
Today, to further my week of adventure, I went to Tasty Café & Kitchen, a coffee shop on Boston Avenue, and I tried their Paradise smoothie, which contains pineapples, peaches, and mangoes, and vanilla yogurt. Next year, I hope to try Danish Pastry House and Tamper, two other student favorites on Boston Avenue. Then, I can decide which I like best and finally check off “find your favorite coffee shop.”
So, what else is next? According to the Tufts list, I still have 12 tasks left. Next year, I hope to attend homecoming and check off “root for Tufts at a home game” and go into Boston and “eat a cannoli from Mike’s Pastries.” I definitely feel like I didn’t take enough advantage of Boston this year, and my junior year goal is to go into the city more often to explore new restaurants, museums, etc.!
My Emma’s Advice this week is to make your own bucket list for wherever you choose to go—it keeps life at school exciting and it holds you accountable to trying the things you want to do. And if you choose to come to Tufts, I recommend finding your favorite JP Licks ice cream flavor, trying bubble tea from Kung Fu Tea, and attending campus performances, which have been some of my favorite bucket list items so far!