“I’m going to college. I don’t care if it ruins my career. I’d rather be smart than a movie star.”

Natalie Portman.

The statement above, coming from an actress who has been nominated and actually won tons of awards, including Best Actress in Academy Awards and Golden Globe, is surely not to be taken as a light remarks. What is it then, all the fuss about college and the romanticisation of college life that some people are so hard to move on from?

Being college students at the moment, we probably feel it is quite hard to see the beauty of this moment, amidst the you know, piling homework and the young love dilemma and nagging lecturer and free-riders team mate. But, let’s stop for a moment and let this sink in: college life will be our final gate before pursuing what we really want to do in our life. Besides, it could be one of those time that we can just stay awake until 3am in the morning, talking and laughing and singing with our friends without having to worry about paying rents and bills.

Wanting to capture all the ups and downs of college life mentioned above, Horizon is going to release our second edition with the theme “College Life”. The articles will cover all the issues regarding this matter, from tips to movie suggestion. To give you an intro and early vibe of “live-while-we’re-young” attitude that is a must for every college student, here is bucket-lists of things you should do before graduating!

1.  A road trip that was planned only days (or hours) in advance of packing up the car.

2. Staying up all night talking to someone out of the blue.

3. Do a cool internship of your dream job.

4. Support your campus sport team on league.

5. Realizing that not all friendships last forever, and that’s okay. If you grow apart from your high school friends, or your freshman year friends, it doesn’t mean anything bad about you or them. You had a great friendship while it lasted, not everything has to last forever in order for it to be good or worthwhile.

6. Cook a meal together with your friends.

7. Learning how to study when there are more fun things to do. Of course you should occasionally blow off your school work to do something crazy and fun. But you should also learn how to sit in the quiet, alone, and learn something or write a paper without putting it off until the last minute. You’ll thank yourself when you get a job and you need to have this skill.

8. Join a club you know nothing about.

9. Volunteer in an event.

10. Thank your favorite faculty member. Chances are one faculty member in particular stands out for the influence he or she had on you during your time in school. Tell them “thanks” before you leave. You can thank them in person, write an email, or even leave a small thank you note (and gift?) for them on graduation day.