Quick, Do This Before Graduating!

If you’re a graduating senior or an underclassman heading abroad next semester, your days left on campus are winding down. To help you get the most out you last month, WSN has put together an “NYU Bucket List” of things everyone needs to do before they leave school for good.

Swim in the fountain in WSP

When the weather is warm and the fountain is on, obviously. Clothing optional.

Go to free museums

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As NYU students, we have access to some of the best museums in the country for little to no cost. Before you surrender these privileges, make sure you wave your NYU ID proudly at places like the MoMA, the Museum of the City of New York, Museum of the Moving Image, New Museum and the Whitney. While you’re at it, make sure to use Ticket Central for tons of different events, like Yankees games and Broadway shows, while you still can.

Stay out until sunrise

Take advantage of being in the city that never sleeps. Get a group of friends together and sing karaoke, grab late-night pierogies at Veselka or just see what you stumble upon in the streets. Finish your adventure by taking in the sunrise at Battery Park or on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Eat pastrami from Katz’s Deli

Whether it’s the best in the city is contestable, but what we do know is that it’s iconic and right in our backyard. Do yourself a favor and just eat a lot before leaving New York for an indefinite amount of time: dim sum in Chinatown, Mamoun’s Falafel, Veniero’s Pastry and whatever else your little heart desires.

Hit up all five boroughs

At this point, there’s no excuse for not having visited all five boroughs. Brooklyn has more than just hipsters, the Bronx is historic, Queens is beautiful and the Staten Island ferry is free.

Attend a taping of Saturday Night Live

Or another live show, like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The View or whatever floats your boat. New York is unique in its opportunities to get behind the scenes of studio TV. Not only is being part of a live studio audience completely awesome, it will also give you bragging rights for a few months at least.

Participate in a protest

Some group on campus is always hosting a boycott, sit-in or demonstration, so it should be easy to find a cause that you can throw your support behind. And if you end up getting harassed by a Public Safety Officer or the NYPD, you’ll just have a better story to tell your grandkids one day.

Thank someone

Take some time to thank someone — a professor, an old roommate, a public safety officer, your mom. Chances are you did not make it through college without help. A little appreciation goes a long way.


A version of this story appeared in the Monday, April 25 print edition. Email Camille Larkins at [email protected].

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