The Ultimate College Bucket List
Being in college is one of the best times to enjoy life. You will meet people from all walks of life in college — different countries and cultures, faiths and beliefs, likes and dislikes. These people will help you grow as a person, shape your way of thinking and expand your horizons.
College is also when you are studying for a degree or a technical qualification that will help you get a job — so it may not be the most fun time either. But there are ways to make it fun — by creating a bucket list.
What is a bucket list?
A bucket list is a list of things to do before you die (kick the bucket), or in this case, before you graduate from college. It will help you make your college experience richer and more fulfilling and give you memories to hold on to after years have passed.
There is so much to do in college, and if you don’t take advantage of the opportunities, you’ll regret it. Although this is not a definitive list of all the fun things you can do in college, it will give you some good ideas to start with. Here are the top 50 things to add to your college bucket list:
- Go to a school dance
- Ride on a mechanical bull
- Go to a sports game (even if you aren’t into sports)
- Get season tickets for your favorite sport
- Attend a concert or festival
- Throw an epic party (bonus points if it’s costume themed)
- Take a spontaneous road trip
- Play beer pong (or flip cup) at least once while in college
- Sleep under the stars
- Go on a hot air balloon ride
Go to a school dance
One of the best things to do in college is to go to a college dance with your date. It’s not just fun; it’s also the perfect opportunity to better get to know the other students.
You get to see everyone dressed in fancy attire and dance with your date. Dance is so much fun, and it allows you to show off your skills and talents.
If you are planning on going to a school dance, there are a few things that you need to do to make sure that everything goes smoothly. It would help if you had a good time, but you don’t want to be embarrassed or uncomfortable.
First, make sure that you and your date are ready for the dance. There will probably be some other students there, and they will be dancing. Make sure that you have taken care of yourself and your date before the dance begins. This means dressing appropriately for the occasion and ensuring hygiene before going out.
Next, make sure that you find out about the rules for school dances at your school. Some schools allow students only one partner per class; others allow two or more partners per class. Find out which rules apply at your school to know what kind of dress code to use.
If you are new to a college or want to meet new people, this is one of the best things to do in college.
It is also one of the most fun things to do with your girlfriend/boyfriend if you have a partner.
If you are single and have no partner, it’s still ok! Go to a school dance. Ask a friend or even ask someone who doesn’t have a partner.
Every college has different dances, but most are Homecoming and prom.
I went to both of these dances in high school, but I went only to Homecoming in college because I didn’t know my colleagues would have a prom. Now I wish I had gone because I had so much fun at Homecoming, and I think dance would be even better.
Ride on a mechanical bull
You can go to a college rodeo. But the best thing to do in college is to go to a country bar, see a mechanical bull and ride on it.
A mechanical bull is a recreational machine that replicates the sensation of riding a bucking animal, such as a rodeo bull or horse. The concept was introduced at World’s Fair in 1967 by O.D. Tubb and Gary-Mason Company, but the original model was only designed for children. Mechanical bulls were initially manufactured in the United States but are now widely available in other countries.
There are different mechanical bulls, including barrel bulls and inflatable bulls, usually used as entertainment at parties and fundraisers. Ride on a mechanical bull to the best of your ability. This is something that everyone should do once in their life.
You can easily find a mechanical bull around college campuses and some cities or even see them at a county fair. You can also experience this ride at many bars and pubs.
Go to a sports game (even if you aren’t into sports)
one of the best things to do in college is to go to a college sporting event. Whether it’s football, basketball, baseball, soccer, or even lacrosse, you’ll have a blast. Even if you’re not into sports, you’ll still enjoy getting dressed up in your school colors and cheering on your classmates.
Being at the game is an experience like no other; the atmosphere is electric. The crowd chants, sing songs, and go wild for their team when they make a big play. If you can get a front-row seat or get lucky enough to be in the student section, you will have an even better time. You will also see how much some people love college sports and how much they dedicate their lives to going to every game. You might meet your future best friend or significant other at one of these games!
No matter how far you are from home, whether across the country or the world, seeing people root for your school feels like family. There is nothing better than watching the players battle it out on the field with dozens of your peers at your side. It’s truly unforgettable!
One of the best things to do in college is to go to a college sports game. Even if you aren’t into sports, it’s an experience that you don’t want to miss out on. You will be surprised at how fun the games can be. The energy and excitement in the stadium or gym are infectious. You’ll find yourself rooting for your team with everyone else. Don’t forget about the free food and giveaways, too!
If you aren’t into sports but don’t have anyone to go with, invite your friends or classmates to go with you. Don’t worry about them being upset that you’re not a fan — they’ll appreciate your company and probably be excited that you’ve decided to join them!
Get season tickets for your favorite sport
College is an exciting and transformative time in a person’s life. And if you’re lucky enough to attend a great school, it can be even more transformative.
The best thing you can do as a student at a prestigious university is to get season tickets for your favorite major college sports team.
The cool thing about this is that it doesn’t have to be your school’s football or basketball team. College towns have a lot of teams. Some offer cheaper tickets than the school’s main athletic teams, but the quality of play may be lower. Other schools, like mine, fill up their stadiums with students cheering on their “home” teams.
If you’re lucky enough to have season tickets for your favorite sport, you’ll have front-row seats to the games every year and make new friends.
Attend a concert or festival
The best thing to do in college is to go out and attend a concert or festival with friends. It’s an experience that you’ll remember for the rest of your life, and hopefully, it will mark the beginning of many more.
This is not just my opinion; it’s also backed up by a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
According to the study, attending concerts and festivals gives us a sense of meaning and purpose, which can help us feel more connected to our peers.
When I was in college, I attended at least one concert or festival every semester. I didn’t just go for fun, though; I went because it gave me something to talk about with my friends.
It was also a great way to meet new people and make new friends interested in similar things as me.
Whether it’s a local artist or a more established name, attending a concert is one of the most thrilling experiences. When the beat drops, you want to get up and dance. But there are times when events are too crowded, and you can’t move around the way you’d like.
Attending an outdoor concert or festival is an amazing way to enjoy your favorite music in the company of others. Don’t worry about getting lost in a sea of people; find an open space where you can dance freely and join in on the fun!
It’s also a great way to see up-and-coming talent before they hit it. If you’re lucky enough to live near a major city, chances are there will be some music festival going on every weekend during summertime (or even year-round).
Throw an epic party (bonus points if it’s costume themed)
One of the best things to do in college is to go to a college party. College parties are much better than high school ones, mostly because there is no parental supervision.
If you live on campus, this is the perfect opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. It can also help with socializing and talking to other people. Depending on your friends, the theme, and how much alcohol you all drank that night, this could be one of the most memorable nights and the best things to do in college.
The best way to do this is to go all out; you’re in college. You have to pick a theme, invite everyone you know, and go all out.
Some ideas for themes are:
- Halloween theme party
- Neon theme party
- Hawaiian theme party
- Western costume theme party
Costume-themed parties are always fun because people get really into them, and it gives everyone a chance to be creative.
Take a spontaneous road trip.
This is one of the best things to do in college—especially if you’re looking for a fun way to break up your study sessions at the library. It doesn’t have to be far or expensive. Just pack up your friends, grab a tent, and head out on the open road! You can even turn it into a fundraising event while supporting a great cause by registering with Relay For Life’s Roadies program.
Add a little adventure to your weekend with this bucket list item, and you’ll create memories that will last a lifetime!
One of the best things to do in college is to go on a spontaneous road trip with friends. Don’t plan it out and get in the car and go. You can turn left instead of right or see where your instincts take you and end up at a new destination you’ve never been to before. This is one of the best things I’ve ever done in college, and it’s something you need to try while you’re still in school.