In the whirlwind that is college, it can be easy for time to slip away from you. You always meant to explore that neighborhood or eat at that restaurant, but by the time you’re packing your bags for summer, chance are it hasn’t happened. A bucket list can help.
Whether you are a freshman or a senior looking to make the best of your time at Northeastern, completing a bucket list is at the top of everyone’s bucket list. Yes, these lists are a personal compilation, but here are 10 things everyone should have on theirs.
Try Everything on the Rebecca’s Menu Once
Everyone and her mother eats at Rebecca’s for lunch every day, but you can keep things interesting by ordering a different meal until you have tried everything once, even if you aren’t sure that you are going to like it. Who knows—you may find a new favorite that you would never have tried otherwise.
Sit in the Doghouse at a Hockey Game
If you go to Northeastern but you have not been to a hockey game, do you really go to Northeastern? Even if you are not a sports fan or have no idea what hockey is beside the fact that it involves ice, sticks and a puck, you are bound to have a good time cheering on the players, dancing along to the pep band’s excellent music selection and harassing the opposing team (all in good spirit of course).
Go to a Show at afterHOURS
Since admission is free for all students, you really have no excuse for not going. Not everyone can say they have great venue on their campus, so take advantage and see a show or go to an event before you graduate.
See a Student Production
This campus is bursting with talent, and seeing what fellow students are capable of is downright amazing. The amount of work that goes into every show demands support. Theatre productions, a cappella performances, music department showcases and dance competitions are always going on. Tickets usually range from free to $10 for students, and it’s a small price to pay to experience massive talent and hard work.
Participate in the Underwear Run
The Friday of Parents’ Weekend means it’s time for the Northeastern Underwear Run. The Underwear Run is a chance to let loose and have fun, and really, what would college be without the chance to participate in school-sanctioned shenanigans? If you missed this year’s run, be sure to go next year. This is a once (or five times) in a lifetime thing and makes for a great story and hilarious memories.
Go to the Sex Week Events
In the spring, the Resident Student Association hosts its annual Sex Week. There are guest speaker events meant to promote awareness about serious issues regarding sexual assault and sexual safety, but that’s not to say that Sex Week isn’t fun. Last year’s events included hilarious improv skits, a condom casino, sex jeopardy and lap dance lessons as well as guest speaker Tiffany “New York” Pollard from “Flavor of Love” and “I Love New York.” Sex Week is not a time to be shy, so don’t spend the week hiding away in your room. Get out, have fun and learn something while you’re at it.
Decorate a Husky during Homecoming
Every year during Homecoming Week in November, group organizations apply to be able to decorate on a wooden husky that will then be displayed in the Curry Student center. This year, there will also be a digital husky decorating competition for those who are not able to decorate a wooden husky or are more digitally inclined. Husky decorating is a great way to show some school pride and make memories with your group, and even if you aren’t able to decorate this year, go and watch in Curry and cheer on your peers. This is a tradition you won’t want to miss out on, so talk to your group about applying for decorating or plan to get in on the action next year!
Learn to Walk on the Tightrope in Centennial Common
We all see them: those two lines tied between the trees in Centennial Common, sometimes accompanied by talented people walking, jumping, and flipping, taunting all those too scared to brave the ropes. Simply standing on the ropes without falling spectacularly is an accomplishment to some, including the author, but let’s be honest here, you have to go hard or go home. Before you graduate, work your way up to at least walking across the ropes. The pride alone would be enough incentive, but being able to brag about your new acrobatic abilities is far more enticing.
Compete in the Husky Hunt
Husky Hunt? I think you mean Hunger Games. This is no average scavenger hunt, but 24 hours of RSA hosted insanity. Every year over 100 teams of 12 compete to land one of the 50 spots available to compete in Husky Hunt and then it’s anyone’s game. Running from Friday night to Saturday night during a weekend in November, each team is tasked with figuring out clues and gathering pictures at the places that they are led which must be turned in before the hunt is over. The amount of clues is in the hundreds and can lead to places all over Boston as well as Cambridge, Brookline, Somerville, and other nearby towns. The teams must rely on public transit, bikes, or their own two feet to get around as cars and taxis are forbidden, and throughout the night there are also on campus challenges being hosted. Yes, it seems crazy, but the prize handed out to the winning group is worth it. Prizes in the past have ranged from new Kindle Fires to paid vacations, and even if you don’t win the top prize, you can still enjoy the small cruise that all of the participants get to go on for the announcement of the winners. All in all, this is one Northeastern event you really don’t want to skip.
Decorate a Gingerbread House
When the holiday season rolls around, nothing gets you in the spirit quite like decorating a gingerbread house. Hosted by Dining Services in December, students can enter to get a chance to compete in a gingerbread house decorating contest. While provided gingerbread, candy, and frosting, most teams bring their own decorations as well. The houses are put on display for voting in Xhibition Kitchen, and pictures of the houses are put up on Facebook and Twitter for online voting. Cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50 are awarded to the first, second, and third place winners respectively, and Dining Services matches the prize with donation to a local charity. When the voting is finished, and the houses are through being displayed, they are brought to local shelters to spread the holiday cheer. Decorating a gingerbread house a fun way to escape from end of semester stress and it also helps the community, so get your creative hats on, roll up your sleeves, and make a holiday masterpiece.