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Penn State Bucket List: 30 Things in 30 Days

Today marks one month until graduation. I know, it’s horrifying. And, with that in mind, here is a list of 30 things to consider doing before your departure from the Happiest of Valleys. If you’re an underclassman, first of all, I envy you, but you have ample time to tackle this list. So keep it mind, maybe do a couple of these things, but don’t worry about it. Seniors, as they say in those cheesy promotional videos for Penn State, “It’s Our Time”

Penn State Bucket List: 30 Things in 30 Days

1.) Take a picture by the Lion Shrine.

2.) Go on a bar tour (or two) with your friends.

3.) Take a midnight run on the White Loop – you won’t regret it.

4.) Scream “We Are” at a Lion Ambassador led tour group. They have to reply – it’s in the rules.

5.) Finish an entire R U Hungry sandwich and feel the satisfaction. Also the remorse.

6.) Go see our baseball team play at Medlar Field.

7.) Explore the library and try not to get lost in the stacks.

8.) Slide down the wooden railings inside the library.

9.) Blow off some school work. Your time here is almost up and that homework assignment couldn’t be less important; go hang out with your friends.

10.) Eat some ice cream from The Creamery. They don’t sell it anywhere else.

11.) Climb  Mount Nittany.

12.) Climb Mounting Nittany. Sorry it was too easy – I had to.

13.) Go to Otto’s or The Brewery and drink a beer that isn’t a Natty Light.

14.) Re-live your freshman year. Whether that means going back to East Halls for dinner or taking a trip back to Altoona, I think we can all agree that those were the days.

15.) Check out the inside of Old Main.

16.) Order wings from Wings Over Happy Valley. If you’ve yet to do so; shame on you.

17.) Get a Monkey Boy at Saloon – you won’t regret it. Actually you might.

18.) Check out the State Theatre. It’s an awesome venue and very under-appreciated.

19.) Take a trip to The End Zone, but only if you’re into that sort of thing. Just don’t steal a taxi.

20.) Tailgate at Blue/White Weekend and pretend it’s a real football game.

21.) Have a conversation with the Willard Preacher.

22.) Have a conversation with Sam Richards to get a view from the complete opposite side of the spectrum. Be happy you’re somewhere in the middle.

23.) Go to Mad Mex on a Monday, sit outside, and get a $5 margarita. So worth it.

24.) Walk out to the University Terrace just to say you did it. It’s a whole different world.

25.) Pregame class. Okay maybe not the best idea but you’re a senior and Cafe’ is a great place to spend an afternoon. I’ll see you there.

26.) Take a tour of Penn’s Cave. C’mon it’s America’s only all-water cavern and it’s like 15 minutes away.

27.) Go to Indigo on a Wednesday to see Go-Go Gadget and dance your face off.

28.) Visit the Nittany Mall. Actually, on second thought, don’t waste your time.

29.) Get a job. Easier said than done, I know. But it’s time to make moves in the real world, I wish you all the best of luck.

30.) Realize how truly blessed you are to have attended the best school in the country. We still are and will always be.

It’s been an incredible four years. I can’t even begin to describe what the Penn State experience has meant to me. Looking back, I can truly say that I wouldn’t change a thing. But our time isn’t over just yet. Enjoy your last month and soak it up – soon this will all be gone forever. Do as much as you can before you have to say, “Oh shit, I’m not in college anymore.” What are some of the things you would say you’re definitely doing in these last 30 days?

Tyler Hoy (@Tyler_Hoy) is a senior majoring in Public Relations and currently looking for employment (hire him?). He enjoys writing snarky blog posts and long walks on the beach. He can be reached at

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