The IU Bucket List

So every year, the Auditorium Summer Staff gets to welcome all incoming freshman into our lovely facility for the Freshman Orientation Program. This year, as part of their orientation “gear” the freshman were given a magnet with called the “Must Do at IU- A Bucket List for the true Hoosier.” This magnet is pretty cool.

Some recent graduates were departing summer staff in a matter of weeks and they took it on themselves to do everything that they hadn’t done before leaving Bloomington. They were a bit rushed.

It got me thinking, what all do I want to accomplish in the next year before heading out? I want to be able to leave this town and say, “I did it all.”

So below you will find MY bucket list for IU. It is the bucket list from the Freshman Orientation (a tad cheesy and I have excuses for some) as well as additional “must-do’s” that have been compiled myself and with my trusty friends.

I’ve already gotten pretty far on the list, but let’s see what else I can do! As the year progresses, more will most likely be added to the list and blog postings about my list accomplishments will come! (My  accomplishments are bolded! My accomplishments since starting the blog have a link!)

Must Do at IU.

A Hoosier Bucket List.

  1. Attend the Little 500 men’s and women’s races. √

    #1 This year it rained

  2. Hike around Griffy Lake
  3. Buy fresh produce at the Farmer’s Market (See my last blog post!)
  4. Dance to international music at the Lotus World and Arts Festival
  5. Watch Breaking Away (I fell asleep… but only the 1st time!)
  6. Picnic along the Jordan River 
  7. See something at the IU Auditorium (haha… when you work there you see a lot of things!)
  8. Find your favorite brunch location in town (Runcible Spoon!)
  9. Take a nap near the fireplace in the IMU
  10. Spend a summer in Bloomington (currently!)
  11. Try the cuisine at the international restaurants on 4th Street
  12. Experience an opera at the Musical Arts Center
  13. At night, lay on the ground and watch the lights change on the side of the IU Art Museum


  14. Learn about controversial sex research at the Kinsey Institute (quite the freshman wake-up call!)
  15. Pull an all-nighter at the Wells Library (I WILL NOT! I manage my time!)
  16. Connect with a professor outside the classroom
  17. Eat in the Tudor Room of IMU
  18. Attend an African-American Art Institute Event 
  19. Look at the stars from the Kirkwood Observatory
  20. Dip your feet in the Showalter Fountain (HA! Does jumping count?)


  21. Wear IU Gear to the Homecoming Parade
  22. Order freshly baked cookies late night
  23. Support the local arts at the Buskirk Chumley Theater
  24. Rock out to a live music show (SO GREAT!)
  25. Go bowling or see a free movie at the IMU
  26. Sing along to a Straight No Chaser concert (I admit it…)
  27. Volunteer in the community
  28. Shake the hand of the Herman B. Wells Statue (Does kissing count?)
  29. Score some free breadsticks
  30. Go see a free comedy show! (Okay- so this one wasn’t in there. But I was made that other organizations were represented!)


  31. Paint the Jordan Avenue Bridge
  32. Win a game of corn hole (this will never happen…) 
  33. Paint your face for an IU basketball game
  34. Tip a Drag Queen at Miss Gay IU (this too will never happen… I work the event!)
  35. Study in the Arboretum
  36. Snap a photo of you in front of the Sample Gates

    #36 Crappy but accomplished!

  37. Kiss someone special in the Rose Well Garden House at midnight (*sigh*……)
  38. Run the nearly naked mile (or cheer someone on)
  39. Take an elective in HPER
  40. Request and read an old manuscript in the Lilly Library (Shakespeare’s Folio!)
  41. Play frisbee in Dunn Meadow (I thinking hanging out in Dunn Meadow counts)
  42. Show your IU Pride at the Bucket Game (and we lost)
  43. Shop and dine under the holiday lights in the square in downtown Bloomington


  44. Learn about the culture at the Tibetan Buddhist Monestary
  45. Shake your groove thing at Dance Marathon
  46. Sing the Fight Song at a bar
  47. Get kicked out of a bar (Okay I haven’t but I left cause my friend did!)
  48. Climb the firetower
  49. Go to a themed party (ALWAYS!)

    #49 Halloween 2009

  50. Get Ken Nunn to buy you a drink
  51. Go to Chicago… you’re just so close!
  52. Win an award/scholarship (this sounds pompous but be acknowledged for the hard work you do!
  53. Do a bar crawl with people you love
  54. Do an Ironman 
  55. Gorge your face at Mother Bear’s (Gosh… I don’t want to give myself a goal like eat a whole pizza… just GO as much as possible!!!)
  56. Go to the Quarries
  57. Go to Nashville, IN (Just this last weekend… Check!)
  58. Martinis at Scholars Inn (Just last night… again)


  59. Stay at Kilroy’s- Open to Close
  60. Wine Tasting at Oliver Winery
  61. Get a parking ticket  (I will not disclose the amount)
  62. Write a comment for the IDS
  63. Take a class “just cause” (I think second semester will be filled with these!)
  64. Go into every campus building
  65. Be an art snob at the IU Art Museum
  66. Get a hairy bear and sing karaoke at Bear’s
  67. Tailgate
  68. Attend a non-profit making IU Athletic event (anything but Men’s Basketball or Football)
  69. Create memories, friends, experiences, enjoy as much as possible and never regret!!!!

Tell me if you have any more ideas! The list is sure to grow!

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  10. Emilee Schwartz says:

    Schaefer, I just found this. It’s fantastic. I finished all but 10 of those. And I ask you now, oh bucket list queen, does doing them after graduation count?

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  18. Jeff Baker (Class of '92) says:

    Great list. I’d also add: “Drink a yard of beer at The Irish Lion along with an order the Blarney Puffballs to munch on.”

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