1. Befriend the dining hall staff.
They have the best stories, and the free food definitely doesn’t hurt.
2. Do an off-campus internship.
No better way to learn about the “real world” than to visit it once in a while.
3. Take a class that has nothing to do with your major.
Really milk that “pass/fail” policy for all it’s worth.
4. Burst into your school’s fight song at a campus bar. Observe as the entire bar sings along.
Putting the “spirit” in school spirit, amirite?
5. At some point, have a friend with benefits.
8. Befriend a professor, i.e. hang out with them outside of class and office hours.
Their wisdom and experiences make for great conversations and you’ll learn more from them outside of class than in it.
12. Get all decked out in your school colors and go to homecoming.
13. Pay no attention to the actual game because you’re exhausted from waking up at the crack of dawn to pre-game and tailgate.
14. Start a paper/problem set the night before it’s due. Hand it in on time.
15. Instagram the view of the sunrise from the library when you’re done.
16. Set aside a Saturday to darty* with your friends, for no reason.
17. Study abroad.
And, if you can’t, just travel for the hell of it.
18. Befriend someone who makes you question all your assumptions about everything.
19. Go to at least one campus a cappella concert, one college improv show, and one major student-run theater production.
It’s like happiness for free.
23. Cram 50 people in your tiny dorm room for a surprise birthday party.
26. Sit through an entire lecture class with sunglasses on because your hangover requires it.
27. Spend all your money to go on a spring break trip that you will literally never forget.
28. And then spend the rest of the semester broke as a result. You’ll get really good at making Ramen.
30. Do a cross-campus walk of shame but have no shame whatsoever.
31. Stay friends with at least one person you met during orientation.
32. Go to as many cultural/religious groups’ events as possible.
Free food and free open-mindedness! What’s not to love?
33. Take a campus tour of your own campus.
If you walk the footsteps of a prospective student, you’ll learn things you never knew you never knew.