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Making a college bucket list is your license to dream big and make a note of everything you hope to experience in your journey through college. Check out this list of ideas for inspiration—then get inventive and craft your own!

Engage on Campus

  • Write for a campus publication
  • Take a class you’re interested in just for fun
  • Complete an honors thesis
  • Schedule coffee with a professor
  • Join, lead or start your own campus organization

“Working at the student newspaper, even if you aren’t a journalism major, provides a deep understanding of how the organization operates.”

—Melissa Iannuzzi, Butler University grad and Coordinator of Communications and Special Events at the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Indianapolis


  • Study abroad
  • Travel and explore alternative Spring Break opportunities
  • Introduce yourself to someone you’d like to get to know
  • Audition for an a cappella group, improv group, musical or play
  • Connect with an international student

“Studying abroad was one of the best choices I ever made and has inspired a lifelong love for travel. I have been to 38 different countries and all 7 continents. My favorite trips, by far, were getting to visit Antarctica in 2012 and Africa in 2017!”

—Sarah Records, IUPUI grad and first grade teacher, Franklin, Indiana

prepare for your career

  • Attend a professional networking event
  • Take a personal finance course
  • Check out an etiquette class or resume-building workshop
  • Job shadow or tour at a company that piques your interest
  • Create a LinkedIn profile

“I loved my internships! I did one every year but junior year. I wanted to get as much experience as possible.”

—Erin Konrath, University of Southern Indiana grad

Get Out in the Community

  • Volunteer for a local nonprofit organization
  • Participate in a 5K run/walk
  • Treat yourself to dinner at a local restaurant
  • Check out a nearby museum or cultural destination

Enjoy Extracurricular Activities

  • Serve as a campus tour guide or find another job on campus
  • Play a sport as a student athlete or on an intramural team
  • Check out a cycling, yoga or group exercise class at your school’s fitness center
  • Rush for Greek life or go to a formal

“Being a student athlete keeps you in shape physically and forces you to be more judicious with time management.”

—Brooke Green, University of Indianapolis grad and physical therapy graduate student

Show Your School Spirit

  • Learn your school song
  • Snap a picture with your school mascot
  • Attend a sporting event and cheer on your team
  • Go to a play, musical or concert on campus

Disconnect & Reflect

  • Write a letter to your senior self
  • Take a photo every day
  • Go for a hike or explore a new place
  • Turn off your devices for a technology free day
  • Shop the local farmer’s market and try something fresh and new

“There’s a social benefit and physical fitness benefit to having something like shooting hoops to look forward to as a healthy reward after you finish a test or studying.”

—George Kirch, Butler University junior and co-founder of Ball So Hard Basketball Tournament

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