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Things to Cross Off Your Senior Bucket List

How many of these 13 do you have left to do?


With less than a week left until Commencement, there are probably a few last-minute things you, the Class of 2017, are trying to pack in before you graduate, and for many say, good-bye to Boston. Pulling from lists compiled by the Dean of Student’s office and BU Tweets, we created our own BU bucket list for seniors.

Let us know in the Comment section below if there’s anything we forgot, and we might add it in a future edition.

1. Conquer Rhett’s Challenge

Rhett’s has abbreviated hours this Senior Week, but if you’re feeling up to it at lunch, you can try to win Rhett’s Challenge. Just ask a cashier for a manager or tweet @BUDiningService to get enrolled and start eating.

Ad for Rhett's Challenge

Graphic courtesy of BU Dining Services

2. Try FitRec’s rock climbing wall or lazy river

Both these FitRec features earned notice in the latest Princeton Review rankings and are routinely bragged about on the Admissions tour, so you should at least try them before you graduate.

Rock Climbing at FitRec

Photo by Jackie Ricciardi

3. Walk the Freedom Trail

Follow this 2.5 mile red brick or painted line that weaves through downtown Boston and chronicles the role Boston and its citizens played in the American Revolution. Among the highlights: Paul Revere’s House, Faneuil Hall, and Boston Common.

Paul Revere's House Freedom Trail Boston

Photo courtesy of Paul Revere House

4. Experience a New England clambake

Savor clams, lobster, potatoes, and corn on the cob, served in a big bucket with plenty of drawn butter. Find a list of restaurants in the Boston area that serve the classic New England meal here.

Boston University Lobster Night

Photo by Cydney Scott

5. Travel the Charles River, by boat

You have options—kayak, canoe, sailboat, or the less physically challenging Duck Boat.

Boston University Sailboats on Charles River

Photo by Cydney Scott

6. Sing some karaoke at T’s Tuesdays

It will be your last time to belt out “Like a Prayer” or “Don’t Stop Believing” on a Tuesday night at T’s Pub.

Will Ferrell saying "I've been called the songbird of my generation."

© Columbia Pictures

7. Devour a mound of nachos at Sunset Cantina

Load ’em up: pick from chili, BBQ, Cajun, or buffalo chicken, pulled pork, taco beef, jalapenos, guacamole, sour cream, black olives, and more.

Sunset Cantina Nachos

Photo courtesy of Allston’s Finest

8. Visit Boston museums for free—or pretty close to it

By flashing your BU ID, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Harvard Art Museums are free. Other museums in the Boston area are heavily discounted. Find a full list here.

Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Photo courtesy of the Museum of Fine Arts

9. Eat a cannoli at either Mike’s Pastry or Modern Pastry… or both

The battle of the North End’s best bakeries is on.

Modern Pastry storefront

Photo by Flickr contributor Tim Sackton

10. Take in the city from the Boston Harbor Islands

Ferries bring you to Georges and Spectacle Islands and offer great skyline panoramas.

Boston Harbor Tour

Photo by Max Esposito

11. Take a selfie with Dean Elmore and/or Rhett

They will be floating around this week, without a doubt. Just be sure to ask politely.

Selfie Gif

Via Giphy

12. Picnic in the Public Garden or Boston Common

Take a Swan Boat ride while you’re at it.

People on swan boat

Photo by Flickr contributor Nathan Rupert

13. Finally step foot on the BU Seal (but not before graduation!)

BU legend has it that if a student walks on the BU seal before Commencement, said student won’t graduate. However, if you step on it inadvertently, according to lore, there’s still hope as long as you rush across Marsh Plaza and into Marsh Chapel.

Boston University Seal Marsh Plaza

Photo by Cydney Scott


One Comment on Things to Cross Off Your Senior Bucket List

  • Orange line on 05.15.2017 at 12:15 pm

    These are all great suggestions.
    There is one correction. Please do not Picnic in the Public Garden.
    Also, Please stay off the Grass in the Public Garden.
    The Boston Common and the Public Garden are 2 distinct and separate parks.
    Though you can sit or stretch out on the grass of Boston Common as you like, regulations prohibit walking or sitting on the lawns of the Public Garden. Use the benches and walks instead.

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