6-in-6: My Halfway Bucket List

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Although I tend to opt for reflections over resolutions when we hit those end of December days, that doesn’t mean that I don’t have a list of things that I want to accomplish throughout the year. My beginning half of 2016 was pretty action packed, but as I settle into a new home and a more routine life (at least for a little while) I wanted to make sure that I was still pushing myself to try new stuff.

So, I came up with this list of 6 things I want to do in the next 6 months.


1. Complete a basic coding class

Computer Science school drop-out doesn’t quite have the same ring to it, but I’m sure Boys2Men as Teen Angel(s?) would have made it work. Please, someone out there appreciate the reference…

I started college as an Information Science major, if we’re going to get specific about it, and only lasted about half the semester before switching into Finance. My reasoning used to be that I didn’t have the brain for coding, but I’ve since decided that that excuse is entirely inaccurate. It’s more like I just couldn’t keep up with the speed of the classes. I wasn’t entirely new to this, I had done some beginner HTML and C++ in high school, but it was still hard to get a handle on! A year or two ago I tried teaching myself how to code again and it’s… still a struggle. So I’ve been looking at some open source courses and decided THIS is the year I’ll do it. I’ll get to the finish line and I’ll get there at my own pace.

2. Start drum lessons

Another story of prior failures in life: I’m not musically inclined. Not to say that I haven’t tried (violin, saxophone, guitar, chorus) but I never found something to stick with (aside from singing Paramore’s greatest hits in my shower) and I’ve wanted to get into drumming for a while now! It’s impossible for me to listen to music without moving, whether it be tapping a finger or bouncing a leg or flailing in circles screaming the lyrics to S Club Party with friends at a “silent” disco. Drumming felt good for me to get into so I’ll let you know how that goes.

3. Cross-stich Christmas

This is the year for a crafty Christmas. Believe it or not I started working on things for people in January and I’m determined to give my close friends and family personally cross-stiched gifts. I’m not ruining any surprises with this announcement because who knows exactly what they’ll get cross-stitched for them? That being said, funny suggestions are appreciated.

4. Visit 6 new states

I’ve moved to an entirely new region of the United States of America and as a newbie, I want to explore my surroundings a bit. It’s absolutely ludicrous to me that I’ve been bitten by this home country wanderlust bug all of a sudden when I spent the other 22 odd years of my life within a 6 hour driving distance of 10 other states and 1 other country and did I do much exploring of them? Honestly, not really. Now all of a sudden I’m like “woo! gonna take a weekend trip to Cincinnati!” The good side of this is that I’ll have so many voyages to share with you.

5. Go up in a small plane

In recent years I’ve developed a fear of flying, which is utterly insane given how much I’ve travelled in said recent years. My brain has started to rationalize that the fear is coming from the element of unknowingness. Since I don’t know the technicalities of how we’re flying and how the pilots are controlling the craft, it makes me that much more panicky. And I mean really panicky, like tears streaming down my face mid-flight panicky. How do I figure I’ll confront this fear? I’ve got it in my head to maybe get my pilots license. But baby steps! Let’s get me up in a smaller airplane first and see how that goes.

6. Make lasagna from scratch

Being one of my favorite foods, I reckon I should learn how to make it. When I was in Ireland I spent some time with an Italian couple who were amazing cooks and they shared a few secrets of the trade. Let me know if you want in on the taste test!

My Senior Semester Beantown Bucket List [@BostonMA]

The Ell Hall Husky

I’ve spent the last 4+ years of my life working towards one of those diploma things and now I’m left with mere months until this undergraduate life is all over and done with. Technically my graduation date is in 2016, but technically I’m actually finished with school at the end of 2015. So I’m gonna do like any true senior would and choose the gimmicky one with the smallest amount of effort – here’s a list of 15 things I want to do in Boston before I leave Northeastern!

  1. Finally try something from Chicken Lou’s: Famous eatery on campus that I’ve never actually eaten at before, though I could pick out the smell of their fresh fried chicken from 10 miles away. Or at least from Richards Hall.
  2. Go to an ImprovBoston show: Improv is one of those things that is either so fun to go to because it’s so good or so fun to go to because it’s so bad. I’m leaning towards checking out a student showcase, but I wouldn’t mind The People’s Show either.
  3. Share a meal with Shillman Cat: Did it! First meal back at school consisted of a burrito and a one-sided conversation with NU’s favorite cat statue. Not sure why I wanted to do this, but at least I’ve accomplished something here.
  4. Crawl to bars with El Tour: These seem to be a popular activity amongst the young’uns. I guess that makes sense since they started as Northeastern house party crawls. I’d like to go Drink to Fall but I’ll be off adventuring elsewhere so Christmastime Crawl, anyone?
  5. A finals week Nose Rub: Everyone is told about the mystical tradition of rubbing the Ell Hall Husky’s nose for luck before finals week but I’ve never actually done it. I’m asking you all to skip this year cause I’m gonna need to take all the luck I can get on my way out of here.
  6. Last Supper in Stetson East: I was able to survive my entire first year of college on little more than chocolate fro-yo with marshmallows and french fries with mashed potatoes. I definitely won’t sob real almost-adult tears upon that revisit.
  7. Have a cup of coffee at the end of every Green Line: A lot of students become acquainted with the MBTA and the Green Line is where I’ve spent most of my time over the past few years. I felt I should give it a proper send-off a la riding it all the way to the last stop on each branch for some yummy hot beverages.
  8. Sit in on that cool music class: MUSC 1111 is apparently the technical term for it. BUT unfortunately for me, ‘Rock Music’ is not being offered this semester so I’ve gotta go for the next best thing: MUSC 1112 aka ‘Jazz.’ So many people have taken one or the other of these 500-person classes throughout the years and I’ve never had space to be one of the cool kids. So, I decided screw it – I’m gonna crash a lecture anyways.
  9. Go to The Sinclair again: My favorite concert venue in Boston (technically Cambridge). I’d love to go boot-stomping and beer-drinking just one more time, especially when they’ve got Wormtown ‘Be Hoppy’ on draught. Point me in the direction of the bluegrass!
  10. See a Harvard Football game: I absolutely adore college football, but silly me picked a school without a team. Given that watching a game in person will also be a first for me, I figured what better place to do that than in the oldest collegiate stadium in the country?
  11. Tour Jack’s Abbey Brewery: Massachusetts is home to a lot of breweries and I’d like to take advantage of that. Did you know I like beer? Is that evident? Have I mentioned it only 1500 times in the past few posts? Because, I like beer.
  12. FINALLY visit the MFA: Now this one is downright unacceptable. Not only have I lived literally right across the street from this place for years, but my school ID gets me in for free! And I’ve never gone! There is a pretty cool looking Herb Ritts exhibit calling my name.
  13. Have a people-watching brunch on Newbury: I better hurry up and do this one soon while the weather holds up. Every time I stroll down this famous Boston street, I’m supremely jealous of the friends having brunch and gossiping on outdoor patios. Which of you wants to share a pitcher of bellinis with me one of these Sundays?
  14. Attend the Boston Common Tree Lighting: Okay, okay, so I’ve been to this before too… But that was freshman year and its one of my favorite memories! I adored it! Christmas in Boston is one of the most magical things you can experience and I just want to drink some hot cocoa, listen to carols, ring a few bells, and jig my way home down Comm Ave.
  15. ACTUALLY GRADUATE!

Honorary Suggmentions

Let me tell you, I put very minimal effort into thinking about this list. So if there is something you think I absolutely have to do as a college senior or as a Bostonian then please PLEASE suggest / mention it! Note: stay away from the typical big tourist things. Yes, we’ve all Freedom Trailed our way to the North End after one too many Sam Adams down in Southie on St. Patrick’s Day. I hate cannolis.