100 Things to Do Before You Graduate From Champlain College

By Bessie McManus, Sr. Admissions Intern

The Senior Admissions Interns and I put our heads together to create you a list of “to-dos” to make the most of your four years at Champlain College. (We’ve done this for a few years in a row now—it’s so much fun to see what things have changed and what have stayed the same.) We hope you’ll see that at Champlain there’s always something new to try and exciting adventures to embark on.

Ready, set … go!

  1. Play frisbee, read a book, or soak up the sun with friends at Finney Quad
  2. Create a Self Portrait for the Core class “Concepts of the Self”
  3. Try out for Champlain’s Improv Troupe Los Dormant Volcanoes  
  4. Devour some Ben & Jerry’s on Free Cone Day
  5. Attend and/or perform at The Grind
  6. Be a beekeeper for the day… there’s nothing sweeter!
  7. Play Humans vs. Zombies
  8. Try Sugar On Snow
  9. Find your favorite cafe in Burlington
  10. Dance the night away and camp out with your friends at  Otis Mountain Get Down
  11. Attend the Harvest Festival at Shelburne Farms
  12. Grab an Auntie Anne’s pretzel from EATS
  13. Hike Mount Mansfield, the tallest mountain in Vermont
  14. Study abroad to immerse yourself in a totally different culture
  15. Create a professional LinkedIn profile
  16. Do some networking at the Career Conference
  17. Attend a Rugby Game – men’s or women’s!
  18. Join a club you’re passionate about or start one and build a new community
  19. Take part in an international service trip
  20. Challenge your preconceived notions in a Core class
  21. Master your professional skills
  22. Build strong relationships with your professors
  23. Do a wicked cool internship
  24. Attend Snowball and participate in other events hosted by CHAMP
  25. Use Champlain’s #campchamp hashtag when you tweet or instagram
  26. Avoid the Champlague at all costs
  27. Learn how to address and work through roommate conflict (Your Resident Assistants are there so you don’t have to do it alone!)
  28. Find your favorite brunch spot
  29. See some live music at Higher Ground
  30. Get help with your writing at the Champlain Writing Center
  31. Make a video using equipment from the media rental house
  32. Help first-year students move into one of our 20 Victorian-Era Mansion residence halls
  33. Go apple picking at Shelburne Orchards
  34. Play Quidditch
  35. Swap a book at the Read & Return Library located near EATS
  36. Get your Champlain gear at the campus store
  37. Experience the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival
  38. Start your own business with BYOBiz®
  39. Take advantage of free transportation with FREE bus rides using your Champlain ID
  40. Use your Champlain Cash Card for other discounts around town
  41. Sit by Lake Champlain and try to spot Champ
  42. Attend a Lake Monsters Game
  43. Get a $30 ski and ride pass for the winter  
  44. Participate in the Color Run
  45. Run for Student Government Association
  46. Become an Eco-Rep and advocate for environmental responsibility on campus
  47. Create your ideal class schedule with your Academic Advisor
  48. Check out the Ski & Ride Club’s annual Rail Jam
  49. Grab a late night snack downtown at KKD
  50. Take a photo with Chauncey at a campus event
  51. Take a picture underneath the huge Church St. Christmas Tree
  52. Have an empowering conversation at the Women’s and Gender Center
  53. Develop study habits that work for you
  54. Ask the bookstore to match the price of the textbook you need
  55. Participate in the Pride Parade
  56. Experience the Burlington Farmers’ Market
  57. Be nominated for National Society of Leadership and Success
  58. Be an Admissions Intern
  59. Contribute to Champlain as a Student Ambassador
  60. Represent the Career Collaborative as a Peer Coach
  61. Be a Resident Assistant or Orientation Leader
  62. Sit in on the International Roundtable
  63. Add a minor that excites you
  64. Work on your resume with your Career Coach
  65. Utilize Champlain’s CarShare VT
  66. Try ChampRides Bikeshare program
  67. Get your sweat on at the IDX Fitness Center
  68. Participate in the Sarah Ramsey Foundation 5K Walk/Run
  69. Grab a bagel and chat at the Women’s & Gender Center
  70. Participate in the Elevator Pitch Competition
  71. Go to a free movie, bowling, or Get-Air night sponsored by Student Activities
  72. Go leaf peeping during the Fall
  73. Volunteer at the Intervale
  74. Rock out at the Grand Point North Music Festival
  75. Celebrate local farms and food at Summervale
  76. Grab a bite at the Artsriot Truck Stop
  77. Take a stroll along the Winooski River
  78. Explore the Shelburne Museum
  79. Try some crisp Cold Hollow apple cider    
  80. Take a tour of the Ben and Jerry’s factory
  81. Play in the sun at Oakledge Park
  82. Feast your eyes on the World’s Tallest Filing Cabinet
  83. Find your way out of the largest corn maze in New England
  84. Cruise Lake Champlain on the Spirit of Ethan Allen
  85. Find your way out of the Burlington Escape Room
  86. Warm up with a Lake Champlain Chocolates Hot Cocoa
  87. Attend the Champlain Valley Fair
  88. Bike along the beautiful Colchester Causeway
  89. Visit the Cabot Cheese Creamery
  90. Check out the view from the summit of Stowe Pinnacle
  91. Enjoy the Winter Lights Festival
  92. See a free movie at The Main Street Landing
  93. Visit The Ethan Allen Homestead
  94. See a show at The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. Ask about discounted tickets for Champlain students!
  95. Watch a breathtaking sunset over Lake Champlain
  96. Take a Queen City Ghost Tour—if you dare
  97. Have a picnic at the Waterbury Reservoir
  98. Support a peer at their Capstone presentation
  99. Celebrate your accomplishments with your friends during Senior Week
  100. Walk across the stage with your friends on GRADUATION DAY

During your time at Champlain, we encourage you to find and pursue your passions, step outside of your comfort zone, and make memories that will last a lifetime. This is your adventure, and you’ll define it in your own way. No matter what you do, we hope you’ll make your time in beautiful Burlington, Vermont, count. You can also feel free to check out the 2014 edition of 78 things to do before you graduate for some more fun activity ideas.

If you’re not yet a student at Champlain and this piqued your interest, I urge you to come for a visit and see for yourself where some of these fun activities are happening.