The dreaded return from spring break conjures many emotions in college students. Some may be thrilled because it means they are one week closer to summer. Some may be less than thrilled because they have an overload of schoolwork this week. However, for the class of 2017, it means graduation and the real world is a mere 7 weeks away.
College graduation. The milestone we have dreamed about our entire lives, but never actually believed it would come. Well after getting fitted for my cap and gown this past week, reality is finally hitting. Hard.
As terrifying as that thought is, it should be a time to rejoice and make the most out of the little time left at the loveliest village on the plains, which means checking off all those items on your bucket list.
Amidst all of the spring events, final projects and graduation duties, there are quite a few things that I’m placing at the top of my priority list.
I’ve talked with a multitude of fellow graduating seniors, professors, as well as some Auburn alumni to help me put together the ultimate senior bucket list.
1. GO TO AN ATHLETIC EVENT THAT IS NOT FOOTBALL
Although Auburn is known for the incredible football, there are so many other athletic programs on campus that deserve endless recognition. Whether it be gymnastics, volleyball or tennis, I encourage yu to branch out and check out the talent Auburn has to offer.
"I think attending other sporting events allows us as students to even better Auburn's already awesome school spirit. But being a student-athlete, when I'm competing and I see a lot of fans cheering for us it definitely helps me perform better because it's a reminder that I'm not competing for myself but representing Auburn, and that's a pretty cool feeling,” says senior swimmer, Michael Duderstadt.
2. GO TO THE ROCK QUARRY IN CHEWACLA
Whether you like to bike, hike or just hang out in your eno, Chewacla State Park is a local treasure of Lee County. Although most people hike the waterfall trail, Chewacla also has a rock quarry that is truly a sight to see.
(photo, left, courtesy: Lanier Daniel)
3. VISIT THE EAGLE’S NEST
At 321 feet and 10 stories, the Haley Center is the tallest building on Auburn's campus. What most people don't know is that the top of the building is accessible and is home to the best view of campus.
4. MAKE IT ON TO PAT DYE FIELD
Senior Hollan Smith jokingly claims, “Is breaking on the field acceptable? I just want to make it to the 50-yard line.” Whether it’s by storming the field after a win, or maybe you're an athlete yourself, I think all students should be able to say they have stepped foot on the iconic Pat Dye field.
(photo, left, courtesy: Lauren Runnels)
Samford Hall is by far the most iconic building on Auburn's campus, yet very few have had the chance to tour the actual clock tour.
"Freshman year a few friends and I decided to climb to the top of Samford Hall one night. It was one of the most memorable experiences looking over the city on top of the most famous building at Auburn University. 10/10 would recommend doing before graduating," says senior Jessica Smith.
6. GET A PICTURE WITH AUBIE
Although this may seem like a given, Aubie is a very busy and very popular mascot. Sadly, I am one of the guilty few who has never been able to get a photo with the famous Aubie.
7. VISIT THE RAPTOR CENTER
You may have seen Sprit and Nova from afar in Jordan-Hare before, but have you ever gotten the chance to get up close and personal to these amazing birds? Well at The Southeastern Raptor Center you can! You may even be lucky enough to hold one of them!
8. CLIMB THE ROCK WALL AT THE RECREATION CENTER
Something I haven't taken full advantage of while attending Auburn has been the Recreation and Wellness Center. I may have an extreme fear of heights, but I'm putting that aside so I can climb one of the 50-foot rock climbing towers.
9. HAVE A PICNIC AT THE RED BARN
The Red Barn is a true Auburn Treasure. With benches and a beautiful view of Jordan-Hare, what better place to enjoy a picnic with your friends.
10. TOOMER’S CORNER, DUH
If you've never experienced a lemonade from Toomer's Drugs, I'm going to be a little concerned about your Auburn allegiance. I recommend pairing your lemonade with a grilled cheese and an ice cream sandwich for dessert. It's even better if you eat it on Samford lawn.
(photo, right, courtesy: Samantha Moore)
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