28 Things Every U of T Student Must Do Before Graduating
Because there is life outside of Robarts.
The third week of school is now officially underway and that back to school excitement is starting to dim. The readings are beginning to pile up, tutorials have started and you still haven't figured out how to get to bed before 3 a.m.
If you're starting to stress, I totally get it. Then again, it wouldn't be U of T if you weren't already pulling your hair out a little. So instead of obsessing about all the things you should be doing but aren't, let me help you find some ways to make most of these next upcoming years.
So pull out that agenda you don't use and make some time to check off these 28 must do U of T bucket list items.
1. Go to orientation week (frosh) in first year!
As cliche as this sounds you'll probably end up meeting some of your best friends during o-week. These people will be the ones you hang out with for the rest of the year or, if you're lucky the rest of university. Plus you get a free shirt out of the deal and who doesn't love a good free shirt?
Pro tip: If you missed frosh or just want a do-over, sign up to become an orientation leader in your upper years.
2. Pull an all nighter at Robarts during exams.
It's okay to sleep on the desks, we've all been there and we've all done that.
3. Grab lunch from the U of T food trucks
The best ones are outside Sid Smith ;)
4. Take a guided tour of the U of T planetarium at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
5. Write something for the Varsity because getting published is fun.
If you're not much of a writer then just read the Varsity to stay up to date with what's going on in and around campus.
6. Attend a D12 dinner.
The Dinner with 12 Strangers is a program hosted by the University of Toronto Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni Affairs to connect current student with past alumni. Why should you go? Because dining with 12 strangers and an alum is sure to be entertaining, you just never know who you'll meet.
7. Visit all 3 campuses - they're all very instagram worthy.
Plus you pay for all the facilities anyways, you might as well check them out.
8. Sit in on a TEDxUofT talk, they have speakers for almost any topic.
At the end of the day, you did come here to learn something.
9. Get acquainted with the Hart House and all they have to offer.
Bonus tip: make sure you go to the Hart House Farm in the fall and sip on some warm cider.
10. Go out to Free Friday Films at the Innis Town Hall Cinema
The first film of the semester plays this Friday and screenings happen every week at 7 p.m. thereafter.
11. Crash an event held by every college and faculty.
You've got at least four years to make this happen, I believe in you.
12. Grab some fresh cookies and a fair-trade coffee at the student run cafe, Diabolos’ Coffee Bar.
It can be a little hard to find but well worth the effort. It's on the east side of the Junior Common Room of University College and great for anyone hanging out around King’s College Circle.
13. Paint your face blue and hit up a varsity game #bleedblue.
Always, always, always pack a fun flask!
14. Spend way too much money at the bookstore on U of T sweats and have zero regrets.
This is an investment, you'll live in these sweats all damn year.
15. Take the Philosopher's Walk.
Go with a date, some friends, or by yourself but just make sure you go in general.
16. Enjoy some free parking in the valley at UTSC then join a pickup game of Quidditch.
No seriously, we have a Quidditch team.
17. Go to Exam Jam and play with the puppies!!!
Who doesn't love puppies?
18. Get into Dance Cave for free by flashing your T-Card.
You have to do this at least once!
19. Make your way over to the UTSC farmers market and get some honey.
The market runs every Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the fall and unless you have some serious aversion to artisan goods and fresh produce, you'll love it.
20. Spend your course enrollment day getting pissed off at ACORN.
Then take a deep breath, drop into the registrars, and realize that it will all be okay.
21. Catch a UC Follies production.
Life at U of T can get really stressful so it's practically essential to spend a night LOLing at a UC Follies Sketch Comedy Troupe performance.
22. Spend a lunch walking through one of the many U of T galleries.
23. Take at least one random and obscure course offered at U of T.
Whether it's Doppelgangers and Doubles, Music and Healing or Puzzles, Discovery and the Human Imagination, you have to take at least one ridiculous sounding course in your U of T lifetime.
24. Find yourself at a Dirty Laundry Poetry night.
The locations are a secret, the venues are actual laundromats in the city, and the poets spend the night coming clean.
25. Collect all the free stuff you can from club week.
While you're at it, consider actually joining a club, there are only about a million of them on campus.
26. Head to Fabricland (or Honest Ed's while you still can), buy some cloth, and go to a toga party hosted by one of the colleges.
Then feel no shame when you wear the same toga to class the next morning.
27. Get savage at the annual St. George Snowbattle at Front Campus in the winter.
This tri-campus event is a perfect way to blow off steam and get even with your roommate for leaving all those dirty dishes in the sink.
28. Finally, make it to Convocation Hall and take a selfie with your diploma.
It's a rite of passage and you've definitely earned it.