18F Bucket List

By Lex Kang | 10/22/18 3:39pm

Can it really be Week 7 already? Time flies when you’re having fun, cramming for midterms and blacking out. The problem with our ten-week terms is that there’s never enough time to do everything you wanted. There’s always a bit of regret about the opportunities you missed out on. And though this may not be a solution, mapping out and prioritizing some bucket list items you want to scratch off before 18F is officially over might help you make the most out of the last few weeks you have on campus. So without further ado, let’s jump into the must-dos of 18F. Of course, only if you want to.

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1. Find Your Own Study Spot

FFB and Blobby are overrated and basic. If you’re an upperclassman, you likely already have an ~alternative study space~ you love and go to for when you need to grind, not socialize — like the basement of Sanborn or third floor Collis. But if you’re a freshman, it’s really time to branch out of just Baker-Berry! There’s nothing wrong with our good old lib, but there are so many underrated study spots that you ought to try out.

2. Take Your Prof Out to Lunch

Did you know the school pays for you to grab a meal with one of your professors at Pine? Even if you don’t really have a professor that you connect with on a deeper level, do it because a) free fancy food and b) you might actually bond with them over the meal.

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3. Try a new DDS Meal Option

DDS can feel repetitive and boring, but it’s on you to be creative. Get a baguette from KAF and an avocado from Collis, then use their free seasoning to create your own avocado toast. Ask for pieces of grilled chicken to top your salad. If you gravitate to exclusively the Grill and Ma Thayer’s at FOCO, branch out a bit. The chicken congee is amazing.

4. Do Something Outdoorsy

I’m very much a city person, so though I like looking at nature, my lack of enthusiasm for sweat, bugs, mud, and overpriced outdoor apparel brands — combined with the lung capacity of a seven-year-old with asthma — means the only trekking I’m doing is from one campus building to another. But there are lots of low-key, beginner friendly outdoor opportunities that are at least worth a shot. Hit up Ledyard, the DOC, Cabin and Trail, Women in Wilderness, or whatever outdoor club whose blitz attracted you, and get out of your comfort zone!

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5. The Lou’s Challenge

Not that I condone unhealthy sleeping habits, but a Lou’s Challenge is worth a go if you’ve never done it before. Luckily, you may still have midterms (and if you don’t, never fear, finals are in about three weeks anyway), and pulling an all-nighter isn’t that much of a reach.

6. One of the Dartmouth 7

The Top of the Hop is notoriously easy.

7. See the Stars

If the sky is clear, Shattuck Observatory does free observations on Friday nights, from 8~10 PM. Hanover is beautiful, and the night sky isn’t an exception. Interrupt your pre-game with some wholesome nature.

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8. Streak a Final

Gather a couple of wild friends, put on some masks, and pick a theme song. Then ask around to find out the location and time of the final for some large and particularly grim-sounding classes. Then, obviously, streak it, and make the days of some poor sleep-deprived college students just a little bit better by bringing them a smile on their face.

Lex Kang