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100 Things To Look Forward To @ NU

#NU2021andTransfers -- we absolutely can't wait to celebrate your arrival on campus. But until then, we wanted to provide a (incredibly partial) list of things that you can look forward to at this wonderful university. This collection of ideas is nowhere near comprehensive, and some of the best parts of Northwestern come as you define them :)

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4. The re-opening of Seeley G. Mudd Library

6. Giving Willie a high-five at a sporting event

8. Familiarizing yourself with Chicago's public transportation options

9. Studying at Fran's and getting late night snacks

We recommend the quesadillas

11. Getting tons of free t-shirts, hats, and more at NU sporting events

12. Walking up the stairs to Kresge when they are #lit

13. Going swimming at the beach (North or South!)

14. Wildcat Welcome pop-up events

Free cookies, handwarmers, fanny packs, snow cones....the list goes on

17. Learning the Northwestern Fight Song

Go U Northwestern...

18. Learning Northwestern's Alma Mater

Hail to Purple, Hail to White...

20. Getting Starbucks or Dunkin' in Norris Student Center

21. Going to the Art Institute, Museum of Modern Art, and so many other places in Chicago for FREE with your Wildcard

22. Snagging student discounts for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Opera concerts

23. Learning how to navigate the Technological Institute

Alternatively, getting lost and finding your way out of Tech

25. Marching out of the Arch

A nostalgic senior week tradition!

26. Catching a sunrise over Lake Michigan

27. Learning NU sporting traditions

It's time to move the chain! GO U, NU

28. Watching amazing live music acts courtesy of student production groups

29. Painting a rock on the Lakefill

31. Joining in the primal scream before your first finals week

32. Finding an excuse to walk alongside the Lakefill on your way to class

33. Figuring out your personal campus shortcuts

Ford Lawn? Cutting through Locy/Fisk?

34. The first warm day of Spring on campus

35. Rocking your NU gear :)


37. Studying in Deering Library

Kinda looks like Hogwarts

38. Waving to people you know along Sheridan road!


39. Late night food in Plex (the Foster-Walker complex)

41. Chris Carter (the mentalist)

Classic Wildcat Welcome entertainment

43. Checking out the Ba'hai Temple

It's the only one on the continent!

44. Playing a pickup game with your friends

45. Watching one of Northwestern's many a cappella groups perform

47. Going to a student film premiere

48. Winning an intramural championship and getting a free t-shirt

50. Petting therapy dogs during free exam relief events

52. Taking the free Intercampus shuttle to the heart of Downtown Chicago

53. Riding the L or Metra trains to get anywhere in the city

54. Taking a class that blows your mind

55. Seeing a student theater production

There are usually two or three or four shows any given weekend!

56. Joining a club to cultivate a new interest

57. Exercising your creative muscles in ARTica

An artistic haven tucked within Norris University Center!

58. Taking a nap in the Norris egg chairs

59. Visiting the Block Museum

An incredible art museum located on campus!

61. Celebrating your first Homecoming at Northwestern!

62. Finding your favorite place to eat on-campus

64. Creating an amazing dining hall concoction

65. Defining what purple means to you

66. Late night food runs in downtown Evanston

67. Riding a bike, walking, or running by the Lake

68. Visiting the Chicago Botanic Gardens or the Lincoln Park Zoo for FREE

69. Playing with the butterflies at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

72. Ice Skating at Norris during Winter quarter

74. Playing frisbee, taking a nap, or studying on Deering Meadow

75. Finding your sunny spot on campus

76. Exploring different Chicago neighborhoods, like Pilsen or Wicker Park

Stayed tuned for our Chicago video!

78. Finding the echo spot near Annie May Swift Hall

82. Finding your way around campus...

with the help of our handy-dandy map!

83. Having a bon(d)fire at the Lakefill fire pit!

84. Attending your first lecture at Northwestern!

85. Studying abroad if that ~floats your boat~

90. Meeting people at Norris! #MeetMeAtNorris

91. Connecting with a professor in a class that you’re passionate about


93. Meeting and making new friends!

94. Finding the Shakespeare Garden!

96. Taking an Insta' inside of the S.S. Bienen (the Bienen School of Music building)!

97. Norris at Night during Wildcat Welcome!


100. Finding your True Northwestern!

Because your way of doing Northwestern is the best way for you :)

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