Self-certified weirdo. One day I'll have my own talk show...
I am a Communication Arts senior from Syracuse, NY. I was raised in NYC so I like to think I am cultured. I hope to be a news anchor one day... or at least someone Gooogleable (for great reasons, of course). I love music so my biggest regret in life is that I can't sing but I do it anyway! I am actively involved on campus in many organizations such as, Alpha Phi Omega, Student Senate and the Utica College Tangerine. I occasionally have a radio show on WPNR 90.7 so feel free to download TuneIn and tune in!
a number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish before dying.
I am not dying.
I am, however, coming close to the end of something… my college career. As I prepare to close this chapter of my life, I realize there are some things I have never done, as well as some I have, that I need to experience before I leave college. Thus I have decided to create a Senior Year Bucket List.
My friends and fellow bloggers, Laura and MaryEllen, helped to come up with the list.
Each time I accomplish something on the list I will cross it off this post as well as share my experience in a new post!
Become a blogger
Land an internship
Go to Senior Ball
Road trip with friends
See my first concert
Attend a Toga Party
Dress up for Halloween and go trick-or-treating
Take a class outside of my major
Join a new organization on campus,specifically one I would usually never consider
Audition for a role in the school play
Sing the national anthem at a varsity game
Become a vegetarian for a week
Have lunch with my favorite professor
Hike a mountain
Run a 5K marathon
Be an ally
Take an upper level art course
Go on a real date
Volunteer at a soup kitchen
Learn a new language
Join an intramural sports team
Take a tour of the Saranac Brewery
My list is in no particular order and I am giving myself one school year to complete it. The first thing off my list is Become a blogger. I’ve always wanted to bog/vlog but never really knew what about until one day while I was reading through the Daysheet I spotted an ad for UC bloggers wanted. I contacted Ryan Mortensen in the Office of Advancement and then within a week or so I was a UC Blogger. I even got my picture on the website (ironically that has always been a life goal of mine, I am also now on the Homecoming brochure!)
I hope my list inspires you to start your own and hopefully not wait until your senior year to have all these great experiences! Feel free to comment things that are on your own bucket list or ones you suggested I should add to mine.
Today one of my organizations, Alpha Phi Omega Petitioning Group held a fundraiser event to raise funds for the March of Dimes Foundation. The event was human bowling where students get into a metal cage sitting down and are rolled and knock down cloth bowling pins. It was sponsored in part by Student Senate so it was completely free for UC students but there was a suggested donation of $2. Lots of people showed up and participated and donated some even donated without participating. Although there was tons of mud out there it didn’t stop us! We got dirty and had a great time for a great cause!
Event planning isn’t always easy but here are some tips to a successful event:
Do your research early- Months in advance you need to know exactly what you’re doing, where it will be, what date and time, and how much will it cost. A good way to is to talk to your peers on campus to see what they want here at our school. An alternative to that is to check out what neighboring schools had on their campus and if we can make it a success here. It never hurts to try new or unusual things.
Use all your resources! – Human Bowling was funded by Student Senate. When planning your event consider presenting to the Finance Committee to request funding from Senate. That’s one of the many reasons it is there! Get together with another on campus organization and make it a collaboration. Some orgs have their own specialty, if you do an event with WPNR they can play the music for the event or PRSSA could be in charge of publicity. If you don’t qualify for the funding by the Finance Committee by laws, reach out to orgs on campus that may have a budget like, the Utica College Programming Board or the Inter-Greek Council.
Communicate–Whether it be with people in your organization or the Director of Student Activities make sure you are communicating well so everyone understand what is going on and what’s their part. So make sure all your locations are booked and you have attended any meetings required. If you are not sure about something…ASK!It makes it a lot hard on yourself when you assume things. Don’t forget your manners either, thank everyone who helped you out. Thank you cards are really nice touch and it leaves a great impression about your org on someone.
PROMOTE! –Get the word out there! There areso many FREE methods on campus to spread the word:
Put it in the DaySheet
Submit and ad request to WPNR and have it on the air
Paper flyers are good for the wall but try e-flyers… take it a step further create custom invites and send them via email
Use social media, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter are all big right now take advantage
Have each member of your org tell a new person – a great way to meet people and get the word out
You could even take an ad out in the Tangerine (this one cost money)
HAVE FUN!!–The public will feed off your energy, if you look like you aren’t having fun they won’t either. You put so much hard work into why wouldn’t you have fun!