Senior year has arrived, and with it has come a most deplorable fate. The secret that has been hidden in plain sight. What we have chosen to ignore. Refused to even acknowledge its existence. It was easier that way… But now the time has come. No longer can our blissful ignorance protect us. Nor can we hide from the inevitable. The truth must come to light. Our eyes must be opened.
A cold, hard dose of reality slaps you in the face, beats you down to the ground, and leaves you just conscious enough to realize what is happening to you. We are seniors. We will be dragged – kicking and screaming against our wills – into what is known as “the real world”. Whispered rumors become full fledged realities. We have seen others succumb to this most harrowing fate, but it was never us. The day that we would be standing in the place of fabled seniors that were once our closest allies are now forgotten in the depths of what is called “undergraduate lyfe”.
Being buried under a pile of assignments doesn’t look so bad compared to the dirt that would be sprinkled over our metaphorical graves if we left. The death of our youth. And the birth of our adulthood. (which explains why there is so much kicking and screaming involved…)
While some seniors may turn their head in denial away from the impending doom of the future (myself included), others are taking preemptive measures to ensure they do join the ranks of the fallen. These seniors are spending their time studying for admissions tests, securing letters of recommendation, and finalizing their plans for the next step beyond the illusory experience of the undergraduate stage. But I cannot bring myself to do that. Not with so many unknown variables left to solve in my equation. This is what we have been trained for… so why do I feel immensely unprepared?
This is why I choose to invest my time into the present, hoping that it will pave a road for my future. It will be my “first time” for the last time this year. I won’t have the opportunity to be in an environment that facilitates the idiosyncratic nature of my being. College forces us to discover so I have to make use of that while I can.
I have clearly taken the “bucket-half-full” perspective on this one, so with no further ado I introduce THE ONE, THE ONLY
SENIOR BUCKET LIST
- Walk Across a Frozen Lake Mendota – possibly singing songs from the “Frozen” soundtrack
- Ice Skate in Teeney Park
- Go to a Drag Show
- Release a Red Heart-Shaped Balloon in the Capital building
- Take a Picture with Bucky
- Take a Walk in the Tunnel System
- Olbrich Garden – Thai Pagoda
- Attend a Muslim mosque, St. Paul’s church, Jewish synagogue, Buddhist temple
- Obtain a pink flamingo
- Open Mic “Take On Me” at a student org
- Shake hands with Chancellor Blank
- Ride Merry-Go-Round at Ella’s Deli
- Go Inside the Clock Tower
- Sit on Abe’s Lap
- Love and be loved in return
- Participate in the Battle on Bascom
- Steal a lunch tray and sled down Bascom
- Go out to lunch with my friend Ty Tau
- Sneak into Camp Randall at night
- Eat at L’Etoile
- Badger football game?!?
- Essen Haus Boot Challenge
- Steal a Memorial Union chair
- Go somewhere I have never been before
- Eat the Plaza Burger
- 5K! Color Run?
- Go to Holi, Diwali, Chinese New Year… SOMETHING!!!
- Drink at The Library
- Orchestra Recital!
- Positively impact a random stranger’s life
- Leave my mark on the UW-Madison campus
- Nothing Left Unsaid – ongoing life perspective
That, my friends, concludes my list of unexplored mischief for my final year on campus. But by no means is it exhaustive! I just wanted to open a dialogue to generate ideas about what I should and want to be doing before I leave for good. One final rally that would make all my dreams come true – whether I knew what those dreams were or not. I want to look back on these moments and reminisce over all the crazy things that I have thought, and said, and done (it usually happens in that order). But as I ponder of the wonders of my life that are yet to be had, I have come to realize that I can’t plan everything. That is the nature of the future. It is unknown. And there is just too much adventure to be had!!! So until then I’ll take life one slice at a time and make sure that my mischief gets managed.