Survival Guide 2012: Freshman year bucket list
Chocolate cake at midnight never tasted so good. Even if you’ve already had dinner for the day, it doesn’t hurt to grab fourth meal at Towson Diner with your friends and it only makes it better when it’s after 12 a.m. The Diner never ceases to produce quality food, even late at night, and you can’t go wrong with pretty much any of their food choices at night. From potato skins to Reuben sandwiches, anything on their menu tastes good after dark.
Get lost in the College of Liberal Arts
It’s so hard to not get lost the first time going into the building, it’s just bound to happen, whether you want to or not. That is how I found the café, though, so it does have an upside, but it takes a few tries to fully grasp the concept that is the CLA classroom number system.
Avoid taking a picture on the tiger statue
It has become so cliché by now, that it’s just not worth it anymore. Even though we have the shiny new tiger in front of the CLA, resist the urge to be like every other freshman that has come through Towson.
Go to a football game
One of the most underrated things to do on campus. Although our attendance was much better last year, it still has a lot of room for improvement. I attended many a Student Government Association meeting last year, and each meeting someone was encouraging students to go to football games. Most of the games are on Saturday nights, and what else do Towson students have to do on a Saturday afternoon or night? Well, besides go to Dayglow, whatever that is. Still, you won’t find a better time during those brisk October and November days than going to a football game and cheering on T-West.
Complain about dining hours at Newell
For those students living on the old side of campus, it won’t be long before this happens, everyone does it, and there is just no avoiding it.
Go to a concert somewhere in the Baltimore area
The Recher Theatre, Ram’s Head Live, The Ottobar, The Fillmore in Silver Spring and Pier Six Pavillion, there are innumerable places that students can check out a live show at some point during the year. No matter what your music taste, one of your favorite bands is bound to come through, and a cab or shuttle will get you there in no time. While one of the more expensive things to do around campus, it is definitely worth it.
Take a side on the ‘Greek argument’
By the end of freshman year, every student must either join a fraternity or sorority, or grow to hate them, there is no in-between. Hate them or love them, Greeks are here to stay, but every student has an opinion on them.
Join a student group
It doesn’t matter what group it is, just join one. My freshman year wouldn’t have been nearly as good if it wasn’t for The Towerlight. While I know that’s not for everyone, there are dozens of student groups on campus that are a great way to make new friends and be a part of the campus. I know it’s been said a hundred times before on campus tours and orientation, but student groups really are some of the best ways to get acclimated to college life.
Meet President Loeschke
This is the final objective on the to-do list for freshman year. President Loeschke is just like the grandmother I never had. If you are having a bad day, she is bound to make it better, and she will make a conscious effort to learn your name. This one should be pretty high on the priority list.