Before I left for my spring semester abroad last year, I thought it would be a good idea to be a proactive student and make sure I was on track to graduate on time. Instead, I found out that I would be able to graduate an entire semester early– NOT what I expected at all. After hundreds of frantic texts to my parents and friends, I decided that the pros of graduating early outweighed the cons in my situation. Though I would risk missing out on some of of my favorite Boston spring events (Marathon Monday and a 22nd birthday with my friends won’t be the same at home!), the amount of money I would save and the extra time to figure out post-grad plans significantly appealed to me. I sent in my graduation application a few days later and began to mentally prepare myself that I was officially a senior.
Fast-forward a few months– I’m back in Boston and finally hitting the realization that I have 15 weeks left in Boston (but who’s counting?????) and realizing that there are so many more things that I have to fit in before graduation. So naturally, as the compulsive planner that I am, I’ve decided the best way to live out my last undergraduate semester with no regrets is to create a last-semester Bucket List. Whether you’re also a January 2018 graduate or a freshman looking to discover new things in the city, here’s a list of my must-do’s in Boston.
1.Go to an After Midnight screening at Coolidge Corner Theater
2. Eat one final BU Platter from Warren’s Late Night Kitchen
3. Walk along the entire Charles River Esplanade
4. Spend an entire afternoon in the Boston Common with no school distractions
5. Visit the JFK Library and Museum (this one’s for you, mom)
6. Eat a Lobster Roll (I know, I’m embarrassed too that this hasn’t happen yet)
7. Watch a Red Sox game from The Bleacher Bar
8. Eat a pretzel from Harpoon Brewery
9. Visit Salem for Halloween
10. Watch a show at Improv Boston
11. Have a beach day at Revere Beach
12. Make a homemade Italian meal with ingredients from Eataly.
13. Eat from every vendor at Quincy Market
14. Finish an entire mozzarella stick pizza from T. Anthony’s
15. Take a Boston Duck Tour with no shame (the most difficult in my opinion)
While I’m excited to start a **real, adult, professional life** after graduation, I’m sad to leave the city that I’ve called a second home for the past three years. I can’t wait to make the most of this semester and make it the best yet!