So the other day I re-discovered what is possibly my favorite feature on the Macalester website: 100 Things to do Before you Graduate. I’m pretty pleased with my progress: after three and a half years, I’ve knocked out 73 of them! Going through it brought back some fantastic memories (and some fantastic pictures). Here are just a few of the things I’ve gotten to do at Mac so far, starting at the very beginning:
1. LISTEN TO A WORLD-CLASS SPEAKER.
Two Vice Presidents of the United States? Check. Hollywood directors? Check. Other fantastic speakers ranging from UN employees to Garrison Keillor to the founder of Partners in Health? Check, check and check.
9. PAINT THE ROCK.
Do I get bonus points for including it as part of a guerilla marketing campaign for my constitutional law class? Or for filming it?
30. BUILD A SNOWMAN ON THE LAWN.
Okay, this I should DEFINITELY get bonus points for because we put it on top of the rock and used it as a substitute rock during the winter! Also, it was wearing a lei.
40. GET YOUR PASSPORT—OR UPDATE IT—AND STUDY ABROAD.
I’ve already blogged about this in more detail but it’s definitely one of the highlights of my Macalester experience! Additionally, I got to make lots of friends from all over the country and all over the world!
75. JOIN A STUDENT ORGANIZATION. Mac has over 100, and I've definitely taken advantage of that number! Some of the best friends I've made on campus are through the organizations I've joined.
All in all, I think I've done pretty well for my first 3.5 years. Can't wait to see what I can cross of the list next semester!
Natalie Pavlatos '12