50 Things Every Loyola Student Should do Before Graduating
All eyes are on you as you flow across the stage in your graduation gown, enthusiastically extending your hand to Father Garanzini and other representatives that had an impact on your Loyola experience. You stop for hugs and pictures along the way knowing this moment needs to be remembered forever and once you’re handed your diploma, the feeling of success runs through you.
Just a few more months before Loyola seniors will experience this, but before they turn their tassel from the right to the left, Loyola alumni believe there are 50 things every Loyola student should do before they graduate.
The 50 things, appropriately titled, “50 Things Every Loyola Student Should Do Before They Graduate,” is compiled of a variety of things to do on the Lake Shore Campus, Water Tower Campus and John Felice Rome Center. It’s a way to help students make sure they get the overall Loyola experience before they end their undergraduate career here.
The list was a one-time collection gathered via Facebook by the Loyola alumni relations team and then edited by the communications department. It can only be found in both the print and web version of Inside Loyola Magazine.
The first five items include:
- watch the sun rise from the rocky shores of the Lake Shore campus
- sneak into the top floor of Dumbach Hall
- walk around the entire campus and taking it all in, knowing that you will always be a Rambler
- get a beer after night class downtown
- take a break and walk along the lake to experience amazing tranquility.
Some students don’t find the suggestions very inspiring.
“When I first heard of the list I thought it was going to be adventurous and consist of a lot of things I should do within the next couple of months,” said Moore, a nursing student. “After I read everything listed I thought it was pretty funny…it wasn’t very stereotypical college by any means. Most of it was pretty lame. Loyola doesn’t get too wild.”
The lack of “wild” is what deterred senior Trish Domanski from the list, as well.
“When I read the list I thought it was very safe…nothing too out of the ordinary for Loyola,” said Domanski, a nursing student. “It’s easy to do all those things!”
Both Moore and Domanski don’t think the list is necessary to make their college experience better and even completed items without consulting the list.
“I’ve done most of it just by being here!” Moore said. “You can knock out most of the list in a day with no trouble.”
Seeing as how I’ve unintentionally completed over 20 items on the list myself, I agree it’s easy to complete.
But besides the fact that the list is easy to accomplish, doesn’t prompt a challenge and can be considered boring, many students don’t know about the list and it was posted too late in the game for many to check off all the items.
In fact, of the 280 Loyola students who replied to my Facebook post of the “50 Things Every Loyola Senior Should Do Before They Graduate” list, 104 said my post was the first time they had ever heard of it.
“I didn’t find out about the ‘50 Things Every Loyola Student Should Do Before They Graduate’ list until recently…when it was posted by a friend of mine on Facebook,” said senior Christyne Stephenson, a psychology and natural sciences double major.
Though Stephenson just found out about the list, she appreciates its purpose.
“I think this list is a good idea because it gives students a goal that will get them to experience Loyola more fully than they would have otherwise, said senior Christyne Stephenson, a psychology and natural sciences double major. “They can get in experiences that are unique to Loyola University Chicago while they are still a student here and create memories to carry with them the rest of their lives.”
Stephenson agrees the list isn’t exactly what she was hoping for though.
“Some of the items are a good addition, some were not fit to be included, some were impossible to complete by the time I read it as a senior, and it was obvious that it wasn’t proofread very well because there was a duplicate item,” Stephenson said.
The general consensus, that the list is not good enough to complete it its entirety, means the list is in great need of a reevaluation and modification.
Perhaps Loyola should take notes from other schools like University of Chicago or Boston College.
At Boston College, seniors are offered a week-long scavenger hunt of activities that concludes with an MTV-themed costume dance party. At a barbeque to kickoff hunt, teams of participants are given a task booklet filled with 50 scavenger tasks. They receive additional tasks throughout the week via email. The hunt is highly publicized with prizes like a free trolley to the schools commencement ball.
University of Chicago’s hunt is much more intense, offered to the entire student body and consists of over 300 items. Some of this years challenges included building producing a scale model of the Great Lakes out of fire and getting a professor over a steam vent Marilyn Monroe style with bonus points if the panties matched Marilyn’s. Each year’s list is prepared five months prior to its release and put together by judges, 30 undergraduates and loyal alumni.
Once Loyola completes all phases of reimagine, it should consider challenging seniors, or even the entire student body, with annual scavenger hunts instead of just providing them with the “50 Things” list.
A hunt would be a great way for school spirit to make a more noticeable appearance at Loyola and it would also provide a way for students to become better acquainted with both the lake shore and water tower campuses.
Either way, it should be every student’s goal to leave Loyola with a lifetime of memories and a handful of everlasting friendships.