43 Things Every Blue Hen Should Do Before Graduating

The UD Bucket List was created by students and alumni to help Blue Hens get the most out of their time at the University of Delaware. With the help of senior Joey Silver and the UD social media community, we’ve checked off all 43 Bucket List items to inspire you to complete yours!

1. Kiss under the Kissing Arches

Think you’ve met your match at UD? Visit the Kissing Arches on either side of Memorial Hall to make your “Double Del” status official!

Between 1914 and 1915, UD was split between Delaware College on the North Green and the Women’s College on the South Green. The Kissing Arches were where sweethearts would say goodnight before heading back to their residence halls for curfew.

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2. Explore the solar system

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You don’t need to leave campus to discover the planets! Starting at Old College and ending at the Fred Rust Ice Arena, UD’s scale model of the solar system let’s you explore the entire universe in one afternoon.

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3. Rub Hugh Morris’ Nose

Need some good luck before finals? Rub the nose on the bust of the formal federal District Court judge on your way out of the Hugh Morris Library. Does it really work? We’re not sure. But at some point, anything helps!

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4. Take a picture with YoUDee or Baby Blue

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Everyone’s favorite Blue Hens are anything but camera shy!

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5. Visit the UDairy Creamery

Look for the Moo-Mobile (UDairy’s awesome ice cream truck), or stop by the Creamery on South Campus for delicious and inventive farm-fresh ice cream any time of year!

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6. Eat at every dining hall

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Enjoy a variety of food options in the four dining halls on campus, with new additions coming soon!

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7. Attend your “Sophomore Swap” and “Junior 1/2 Way There Party” events hosted by the UD Alumni Association

Remember the t-shirt you got while touring another school that you never wear? Trade it in at the Sophomore Swap for a new one with your class year on it! Then during your junior year, celebrate the second half of your college career at the Junior 1/2 Way There Party!

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8. Join a Registered Student Organization or Greek Life

Join to make new friends, support a cause or philanthropy and create lifelong memories! Activities Night, held at the beginning of each semester, is the perfect opportunity to find the right group for you.

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9. Attend a non-football sporting event

Everyone loves Blue Hens football, but there are 21 other varsity sports to check out and cheer for from the Cockpit!

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10. Take part in UDance or Relay for Life

Goodnight. ✌️

— Meagan Walsh (@BlueHenMeagan)
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Rave hour is pretty legit #UDance2014

— Ally Evangelista (@BlueHenAlly)
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UDance and Relay for Life are not only fantastic ways to raise money and help find a cure for cancer, but you’ll have an amazing experience and make memories to last a lifetime!

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11. Eat at Vita Nova

Sure to impress, this five-star gem run by Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Management students is hidden upstairs in the Trabant University Center. Bon appetite!

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12. Take a picture with the Blue Hen on Laird Campus

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Every time you walk over the Laird Campus bridge, you may be missing something! Look below to find the art deco metal Blue Hen statue welcoming students to the beautiful north side of campus.

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13. Ice skate at the Fred Rust Ice Arena

The Fred Rust Ice Arena is a training ground for some of today’s top professional skaters—but don’t let that intimidate you! Grab some friends and have some fun during one of the arena’s many public skating sessions.

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14. See a movie at the Trabant Theatre

“Triumphant YoUDee” knows you don’t need to go to an expensive movie theater to see the latest films. Grab two tickets and some snacks to make the perfect date night and who knows—maybe completing UD Bucket List item #14 could lead to checking off #1?

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15. Read The Review or listen to WVUD

Stay in-the-know about the latest news on campus and around Newark by picking up a copy of UD’s student newspaper every Tuesday or tuning in to UD’s own WVUD at 91.3 FM.

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16. Decorate your residence hall room for the holidays

Ok, St. Patrick’s Day counts.

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17. Go rock climbing at the Little Bob

Reach new heights as you climb to the top of the Bob Carpenter Sports Building’s rock wall!

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18. Attend a SCPAB or CPAB Concert

Shows this year included Ed Sheeran, J. Cole and Aaron Carter! #AaronsPartyUD

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Had so much fun at the @CPAB_UD concert last night.. My fav was when @JColeNC wore a UD hoodie

— Amanda Reich (@BlueHenAmanda)
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19. Visit White Clay Creek State Park

Escape campus for a few hours and visit nearby White Clay Creek State Park to enjoy nature, explore the trails or relax with a good book.

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20. Attend a Homecoming Week event

Enjoy daily #UDHC activities and events with past, present and future Blue Hens leading up to the annual pep rally and game day!

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21. Make Dean’s List

Make your family proud and add this accomplishment to your Merit profile!

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22. Have a picnic on The Green

Combine a sunny day, a few good friends, some tasty treats and one of the most beautiful spots on campus for the perfect afternoon. Take it from Joey. He loves picnics.

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23. Volunteer with an organization or UD Alternative Breaks

Whether it’s building a house as part of UDAB trip or volunteering with another organization, giving back to the community is part of what it means to be a Blue Hen.

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24. Complete your DLE (Discovery Learning Experience)

Get out of the classroom and gain some real world experience by completing an internship, doing research, taking part in service learning or studying abroad!

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25. Eat at a food cart

Have a craving for great food but don’t have the time to sit down? Stop at one of the multiple food cart locations across campus, like UD alum Leigh Ann Tona’s I Don’t Give a Fork!

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26. Sign your UD Alumni Association class banner

Make your mark by signing your name with pride alongside your fellow classmates. Your class banner is available for signing at multiple UD Alumni Association events throughout the year.

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27. High-five President Harker

Known as a local celebrity to students, President Harker can be seen at events across campus as well as across the country. Even if you’ve already graduated, this is one UD Bucket List item you can’t pass up!

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28. Attend a Career Services Center event or meeting

In addition to regular opportunities for resume and networking help, the UD Career Services Center hosts several large career fairs each year. Blue Hens know a career fair is a great place to meet potential employers and practice interview skills.

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29. Visit the UD Botanic Gardens

Lucas meet Kyle, Kyle meet Lucas our AG Comm Mascot showing South Campus Spirit! #selfiesonsouth #UDHC

— UDAgNaturalResources (@UDcanr)
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30. Get decked out in Blue and Gold for a UD football game

Whether it means painting your face or throwing on a “Kiss Me, I’m a Blue Hen” button, seeing Blue and Gold in the Cockpit is what pushes our Hens to go for the win at every game.

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31. Attend Parents and Family Weekend

Among the many fun events and activities during the annual Parents and Family Weekend is the popular comedy show, which a few years ago featured Bill Cosby, and most recently—Martin Short.

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32. Go listen to a guest speaker on campus

Be on the lookout for famous names like Maya Angelou, Vice President Joe Biden (speaking at Commencement!), Anderson Cooper and many more as they come to UD to share their stories.

Here, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks to students in fall 2013.

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33. Visit a campus museum

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You don’t have to go far to find yourself a quality cultural experience! Whether you are interested in painting, sculpture or geology, something is bound to catch your eye at one of UD’s many on-campus museums.

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34. Eat at Newark Deli and Bagels

Nothing like NDB to get my morning going. #noms

— Meagan Walsh (@BlueHenMeagan)
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35. Eat nachos at Klondike Kate’s

The classic combination of tortilla chips, cheese, guacamole and salsa is always a crowd pleaser, especially if you’re enjoying it while taking in the sights and sounds of Main Street from Kate’s porch.

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36. Go to a non-chain coffeehouse

The cast of Friends got it right when they ditched the chains for a cozy coffee shop experience. And yes, we even have our own Central Perk!

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37. Watch the sunrise or sunset on The Green

The Green is a beautiful place any time of day. Yet, there’s something extra special about it at sunrise or sunset. Check it out and bring your camera to capture a picture-perfect moment.

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38. Play on the Harrington Beach

While the sand has been replaced with turf, it’s still difficult to resist the beach-like feel at the center of East Campus. Bring a frisbee, guitar or beach towel and have fun!

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39. Take a fitness or BHAN (Behavioral Health and Nutrition) class

Avoid the dreaded “freshman 15” and stay active throughout your college years by enrolling in a fitness class or group, like the Healthy HENS Zumba club!

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40. Run up the steps of Old College

Have your own “Rocky” moment by running to the top of the steps of Old College. Once you reach the top, turn around and marvel at how much the University has grown and evolved since Old College stood alone as the home of Delaware College.

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41. Pull an all-nighter (studying)

Make the most of every minute here at UD. Don’t forget the snacks and caffeine to help you power through. And remember, you can’t function without proper sleep, so don’t attempt too many of these!

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42. Watch a student performance

In addition to being spirited and scholarly, Blue Hens are also quite talented! Whether it’s vocal, instrumental or theatrical, there seems to always be some kind of student performance happening on campus.

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43. Participate in 1743 Welcome Days

1743 Welcome Days is a weekend-long event for students joining the campus community at the beginning of every school year. Go as a freshman to connect with your new Blue Hen family or come back as an upperclassman and volunteer!

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Whether you’re an incoming freshman or senior, it’s never too early or too late to start your UD Bucket List. Use #UDBucketList to share your accomplishments!

And when you complete this list, the UD Student Alumni Ambassadors have 17 more UD Bucket List items for you to check off after graduation. Blue Hens Forever!

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