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Feels: You Owe It To Yourself To Make A Bucket List (And Actually Do It)

By Larisa Manescu

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As much as everyone wants to give off that whole “laid-back go with the flow” persona, let’s be real: College inevitably makes us all a bit more Type A.

Don’t try to fight it. Don’t be resentful. The fast-paced nature of life in 2015 means that it’s risky business trying to get by without a structured game plan. Maybe you even schedule your naps (no shame, I know I did).

As a recent graduate experiencing the dreaded post-grad job hunt, I’ve transitioned from having a set weekly routine to a relatively open calendar. Sound liberating? It’s terrifying.

I was chatting with a good friend about the restlessness and frustration I was experiencing, and he verbalized the feeling perfectly: “I guess for the first time, your next move, your agenda, your stability, are uniquely and entirely in your own hands. But trust yourself! And have fun with it. Take risks, enjoy this unique time.”

With those words in mind, I’ve invested in the golden salvation of THE BUCKET LIST.

A bucket list gives you “the bigger picture” of your life. It keeps you grounded, reminding you of what you’ve always wanted to do if you had the time. And while your bucket list may have bigger goals and desires (like spending a couple of weeks working at an elephant sanctuary in Thailand), there’s bound to be more doable items that are equally as exciting.

With the power of the Internet, learning has never been as accessible. Whether it’s Italian or Java, you could learn a language. Watch and analyze the entire life’s work of your favorite movie director. Volunteer with an organization whose work you’ve always supported from a distance. Teach yourself hip-hop choreography through YouTube.


But before brainstorming the content, find your medium. You could go old school and write down your ideas on a tangible piece of paper. Or if you’ve gone full digital like most millennials, create an account on for a handy resource that suggests ideas to start your list and the ability to see who shares common goals and how they achieved them.

Right now, I know I’m talking to students that have a million other more pertinent tasks on their minds. But set aside some time to draft your bucket list and give it a serious attempt upon graduation, or whenever free time does pop up.

Otherwise you’re prone to get trapped in the tempting time-suck that is Netflix, and while Netflix is awesome, there are so many other things to be done.