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Spicy balls and bucket lists

By Rachael Harris
On September 20, 2012

Sometimes I feel a little blonde. Things tend to go over my head at times. Let me give you an example. I've been asked, "how's the construction going at Xavier?" by friends, only to respond with, "what construction?" (In my defense, I feel like campus has been under construction since I came here four years ago, so I've learned to ignore it). I am usually the last to understand jokes. I have no clue what most of the players' names are on our basketball team.
When people refer to Smith Hall, it takes me a second (or two) to realize they are talking about our flashy new business school.Clearly, I'm not always the brightest bulb in the bunch. Now, if you will allow me to stretch this metaphor a little bit (or maybe a lot), I sometimes feel really "blonde" about being a senior at Xavier. Come on, who else pays next to no attention to our basketball team? This year, I plan to change this. I made a bucket list of things to accomplish
at Xavier. Any other seniors out there who want to join me?
Below are some of the items (few of many) on my bucket list. You can go ahead and laugh at me if you wish, it's okay.

  1. Go to a Xavier basketball game - other than the Crosstown Classic. I've only been to the Crosstown Classic games while at Xavier - all four (hopefully), in fact. I love them. But a girl's got to see the team play at other big games like Butler and Dayton.
  2. G Go to one game of the following sports: soccer, ultimate Frisbee, baseball, volleyball, swimming and tennis. Again, I don't follow our sports teams. I'd also like to see cross-country and football if I can get off- campus. I know, I'm a bad Xavier student. Sue me.
  3. Try the "spicy balls" at Dana's. Guess what - I actually accomplished this goal over the weekend. They were amazing. Upperclassmen, you know what I mean - I'm sure most of you have tried Dana's spicy balls. Underclassmen, you'll find out one day. Hang tight for a few more years.
  4. Apply for big-girl jobs post-graduation. Scary, right? Especially when I haven't narrowed down exactly what I want to do yet. Oops. My current idea is to become a magazine editor. A food writer would be nice, too - or maybe even open my own bakery. See what I mean about being indecisive?
  5. Actually order something from Andy's Mediterranean at Ryan's Pub. I haven't set foot in the new place since Ryan's Pub disappeared (I used to cashier at Ryan's and loved it), so I'd like to give it a chance. Who wants to go with me?

At this point, you should be jealous of all the firsts I have to accomplish during my final year at Xavier. I'll bet you want to go make a bucket list right now. No? Okay. My point, I suppose, is this: do something exciting in your years here. Do something people will remember you for. Do everything you want before you graduate, because your opportunities go away after four years. Do anything you want, except step on the "X" in front of O'Connor. That, I assure you, should not be on your bucket list.
Hey, you can't do everything you want.

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