27 things you should do before graduation

Nov 03 2009

Here are the list of 27 things I think I’ll try to do before graduation. And you should do it, too!

Some of the things on this list I’ve already done or have been doing, some are not. But of course I’ll try to do as many as I could throughout the rest 3 years of my university life.

Here we go, straight from point 1 to point 27.

  1. Prepare an elevator pitch that sells YOU.
  2. Ask yourself: “What am I living for?” and try answering that in 1 sentence or 2.
  3. Don’t try to please everyone. There are so many bad and jealous people in the world. If they hate you, let them. The more successful you are, the more people hate you.
  4. Get into a relationship. College is the best time for a relationship. When you’re in it, don’t think about how you 2 are going be in future! (But don’t get into 1 just for the sake of not wanting to be single)
  5. Make friend with a professor; see how you can learn from him/her and how he/she can learn from you.
  6. Sometimes, send someone you love a postcard, even if he/she just stays 1-minute walking distance away from you.
  7. Keep a logbook. Paste it on the wall and fill in daily. Imagine looking at these 5 years from now?
  8. Create a blog and start writing your thoughts or daily life down. It’s interesting to share to others what you feel and receive feedback or encouragement from others.
  9. Go for community service trips. They’ll change the way you look at life entirely. They did to me.
  10. Go party/club more often with an opened mind.
  11. Find someone you can share everything to. That person is called soul-mate.
  12. Sign up for courses you like to take as many as possible, aiming for a variety of fields. Don’t sign up for courses just because they give you high grade. When you look back, it never be the grade that counts your university life.
  13. Travel somewhere out of the country ALONE. See how you can handle that?
  14. Say what you want to say to the person you want to say it to. Be honest and genuine.
  15. Pick up a sport or some physical activity. It helps.
  16. Join a singing/performing competition, and sing/perform in front of everybody just because you want to do it. If you’re shy, do this with a couple of friends.
  17. Help others as much as you can without thinking of anything in return. You’ll feel good after you do that.
  18. Spend an overnight outside, wandering along the streets, either alone or with a couple of friends. I did that when I came to UK for a business conference, ended up heading back to the hostel at 3am+ and had to wake up 7am the next day. But that was UNFORGETTABLE!
  19. When doing school project, try various positions and see how that position will feel. Keep this in mind when you’re a leader later.
  20. Try to forget about work/study and go out every weekend, it helps relieve stress and refresh your mind.
  21. Learn a language. It represents the entire culture of the country.
  22. Learn how to cook. Cooking is a nice way to relieve stress. Moreover, you are what you eat.
  23. Try to get to Dean-list (top 5% of the school cohort) once. It proves your ability to score if you want to.
  24. If possible, take a gap year/semester to do something you’ve wanted to do desperately: start your business, internship, community service, etc.
  25. You get more while you’re listening. So listen! No one says you’re dumb when you don’t talk.
  26. Come up with a list of ‘x things I need to do before graduation’ for yourself and post it online ( ; (like what you’re reading)
  27. Lastly, among my favourite quotations: Love like you never been hurt, dance like nobody’s watching, sing like no one’s listening, work like you don’t need the money, live like it’s heaven on earth.

Why 27? Simply because I can’t think of number 28.

I got the inspiration from an MITAdmissions article by Ben I read a couple of weeks ago. I and a friend decided we each should write our own version. Here is his (I haven’t read it though, will do after this). Mine is postponed because I haven’t reach point 50. But now I decide I  just post what I have. Number of points doesn’t matter.

Also, I tried to come up with all these myself, that’s why I haven’t read my friend’s version. But some of the points from my version get the inspiration from Ben’s post.

This entry is also posted on Facebook Notes. I’ve set up Facebook to automatically pull my blog entry to My Facebook Notes.

No responses yet

Leave a Reply