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Taylor University, Upland, IN
Friday, April 12, 2024
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What’s on your Taylor Bucket List?

There’s a lot to do before your time at Taylor’s up!

As you wrap up this school year, your mind may be clogged with thoughts of internships, jobs, finals or even graduation. 

With all of the chaos, it’s crucial to remember that college is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and everyone should live in the moment. Though Taylor University sits between cornfields, and Upland is a small place, there’s plenty to do before you leave. Here are some items to consider adding to your Taylor bucket list.

Seniors had plenty of activity-based bucket list items: using the rope swing by Taylor Lake, being in an Airband act, trying an intramural sport, dancing in Mosaic Night, eating the strawberry shortcake at Ivanhoes, dressing up for Silent Night, visiting a petting zoo, going to lots of open houses and driving through Chappy’s. And, if you’ve never been on a bro-sis nugget run, it’s quite worthwhile.

Some bucket list items take a little more time, but are wholly worth it.

Senior Sarah Hartley suggested building a relationship with a professor, and seniors Caleb Erickson and Kipp Miller both recommended trying something out of your comfort zone, outside of the bubble of your hall and major. Though it may be a while before you can build up the courage, college is the perfect time to push yourself to new limits.

Senior Addison Johnson encouraged students not to back down from challenges and to try harder instead of giving up. Hartley, along with seniors Jerrod Anderson and Tarah Zumbrun, emphasized putting your own growth, both within yourself and in relationships, before getting perfect grades. This includes, as senior Liesel Koopmans advised, not being afraid to ask for help. The staff at Taylor cares uniquely for students and the intentional community at Taylor means that other students care for each other, too. 

“Live your life like Mary of Bethany sitting at the feet of Jesus, admiring him for his beauty and worth, pouring everything out at his feet,” Erickson said.

Here at Taylor, we have the chance to love and focus on Jesus as we learn. God loves when we love Him, but He loves when we love others and ourselves, too.

As senior Keely Burton put it, “You’re allowed to be the person God created you to be.”

So, be encouraged, as you put together a Taylor bucket list, to fill it with things that will let you relax and care for yourself, push you out of your comfort zone and pull you closer to God.