The Crap-I’m-Almost-Done-With-College-Already Guide
- Article by Tamara Bartlett
- April 20, 2012
With the flowering trees, the thawing of Lake Laverne and the crazed look in the eyes of students as finals approach, it’s impossible to deny that this semester is coming to an end. For some of you, your entire college career is wrapping up. If you’re graduating, it’s now or never. So now that you’ve got some smarts and worldly experiences (and hopefully a job), it’s time to screw off a little. Take a few personal days to get things done that are really worth talking about. Now, here’s a little advice on how to make a to-do list that will help you savor these last few weeks of school.
What is important to Iowa State University students? For a lot of you, life revolves around the following: food, extra-curricular activities, relationships, drinking, friends, your love life, gossip, school, clubs, bars and school pride. Since you’ve already spent plenty of time on school and extracurriculars to pad your resume, let’s focus on the rest. Your To-Do list activities will inevitably fall into one of the following four categories:
ISU and its Traditions: Pay tribute to your soon-to-be Alma Mater.
People: Friends, love lives, relationships, etc.
Consumables: Food, drinking, bars and restaurants.
Challenges: Because who doesn’t love a good, old fashioned double-dog-dare.
As we all have heard since our first tour, you must fulfill some requirements to be a “True Iowa Stater”: going campaniling, eating pancakes at the midnight pancake feeds on Central Campus, running from Curtiss to Beardshear in the 12 strokes of midnight. So do it! Go suck face under a giant clock tower at midnight. Go stuff yourself with pancakes on VEISHEA weekend. For goodness sake, please go streaking across Central Campus at a dead sprint. (Maybe you’ll even have an audience.)
If you’re feeling less conventional, there are some other options for you. Maybe you and your sweetheart should take a romantic trip to the Parks Library. Perhaps you should risk acquiring diseases to take a dip in Lake Laverne with the swans. Try to visit every building on campus, or go see Reiman Gardens. Maybe you want to make a visit to Jack Trice and re-enact some of ISU’s most glorious football moments on the turf. If you’re feeling a little anti-ISU, maybe put it on your To-Do list to step on the Zodiac, or even steal Lancelot and Elaine. (Be careful; they won’t go down without a fight.) Either way, your To-Do list is not complete unless it has some ISU sentimentality on it.
Eating and drinking are important to college kids and essential to survival; they need to be addressed. A few items on your To-Do list should cover consumables. Ames is known for some of its restaurants; choosing not to patronize them is only a disservice to you. You’ve never seen such large, yellow pancakes as the ones served at The Grove on Main Street. You don’t deserve to claim Ames as your home if you’ve never ordered off the ice cream menu at Hickory Park. You have failed as an ISU student if you’ve never made a late-night trip to the Super Dog stand. If you’re the bar type, your To-Do list must have the two following items: ‘Enjoy a Long Island at Cafe B. for FAC’ and ‘Give in to the fruity-goodness of the Welch Avenue Station original, a Pissed Off Japanese Minnow Farmer’. If you are unacquainted with any of these morsels, put them on the to-do list.
Before you depart from college for good, reach out to people to get that closure you deserve. You know that guy who you took to formal that hit on your friends the entire time? To-Do: Throw a drink in his face. Do you remember borrowing $10 from the guy down the hall freshman year? To-Do: Pay him back. Have you forgotten that frenemy that spent the fall semester spreading vicious lies about you? To-Do: Tell her what you really think of her. Will you really let love pass you by because you’re too scared to confess your crush to your sophomore year T.A.? To-Do: Get his e-mail via StalkerNet and let him know. Take the time to settle these crucial social matters; put it on the To-Do list.
Finally, everyone loves a challenge, or a dare, so put a few thing on your To-Do list that push your limits. Make it a goal to get a picture with someone famous, maybe Paul Rhoads, Fred Hoiberg or Steele Jantz. Maybe you want to move it like Bernie with Scottie Christopherson at the bars; put that on the list too. If you’re looking for a physical feat, maybe you need to climb the Marston Water Tower or test your liver’s strength by doing the Margarita Challenge. Maybe you’ll challenge yourself to make an appearance in the Daily’s police blotter. It’s really up to you.
So when you sit down, pondering your legacy at Iowa State, make a To-Do list. Don’t forget to include some ISU traditions, some dining and drinking goals, some goals in the personal relationship area, and maybe a challenge or two. Make it bold, make it memorable. Make the very last of your 4 (or 5 or 6) years at college count.