Senior bucket list: Take advantage of goals, opportunities in college

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Graduating from school never seems like a big deal until you realize you are finished; you are no longer a student, and you are now an adult — completely done.

It is scary to think about leaving the place you have spent four or more years.  All the tests, homework and stress will be just a memory to look back upon.

When I look back on college in a year or two, I will have great memories to remind me of what used to be. I would hate to look back and have regrets or frustration from not getting the full experience.

Thanks to my bucket list, I can happily say I am ready to go into the world knowing who I am, what I want, and how I can be the most successful. But a bucket list could entail different things for different people. For me, it meant meeting new people, getting involved on campus, and making mistakes. I have succeeded in all of these categories.

Firstly, college is all about who you meet. I heard from others before starting college that you need to get out there and make friends because your college friends will be the ones who last a lifetime. So far, the friends I have made have proven to stick around through thick and thin.

I appreciate the people I have crossed paths with throughout my college experience. These are the friends I stayed up late with to vent and cry about a guy. These are the friends who would decide lunch together was better than class. These are the friends who I would have all-night cram sessions with for big tests. These are the friends who I have relied on for everything throughout college.

Secondly, take advantage of all the experiences on campus. Whether it is joining an academic group, club, athletic team or just attending campus events, you must take the time to fit these into your schedule. This is where experience mixes friends, fun and learning.

I have learned more than I ever thought I would have by being a part of the Dixie Sun News and the Dixie State dance team. Having these activities in my life has helped me learn valuable work skills along with skills I can use throughout the rest of my life. Professionalism, timeliness, accountability, friendship, love and persistence are just a few examples.

Not taking advantage of these opportunities will lessen your overall experience.

Finally, make mistakes. I do not mean make them purposefully. I mean now is the best time to do what you think is right, and if it ends up not working out, you learn and move on. Mistakes will be made, but it’s better now when you have the time to fix and contemplate them when in the future, you are expected to have your life together.

The top item on your bucket list should be to have a bucket list. Do not miss out on the things you want in a college experience and do all you can to enjoy every second.

Find love once, twice or three times, save time for friends, get yourself involved academically, set goals, and find out who you are. College is the time to do these things and more because time is up before you know it.