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Bold any of these that you've done:

1. Start classes each semester on a national holiday: Labor Day in the fall, Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the spring.

Hmm, didn't classes actually start before labor day one year, maybe in my senior year?

2. Play misery poker: “I’ll see your two seminar papers and raise you one lab report and a dance performance.”

3. Watch The Graduate.

4. Make s’mores at a bonfire in Crum Meadow.

5. Sneak into the faculty lounge. (The code is the year of Swarthmore’s founding, just so you know.)

6. Make friends with the shuttle driver on the way to Bryn Mawr.

Ha, I didn't know that was that common. He is a really friendly guy, though... (At least the guy who drove most of last spring...)

7. Use the word “hetero-normative” during a lunchtime conversation.

8. Get locked into a library overnight.

9. Have drinks with a professor, and get him to spill all the hot department gossip.

10. Make out on the whispering bench outside the president’s house.

11. Walk through Crum Woods after the first snow.

12. Hit “the beach.”

13. Wander South Street on a Friday night.
Well, I may not have been there on a Friday night, since I was only down there like once or twice, seems close enough...

14. Wait in line 10 minutes for the pasta bar every Wednesday and Sunday night for 4 years.

15. Try “pasta wrestling” at Pub Night, Swarthmore’s Thursday-night answer to one of Ireland’s great institutions. (Try to forget this when you line up on Sunday to repeat No. 14.)

16. Run the McCabe Mile—18 laps around the McCabe Library basement to win a roll of Scott toilet paper.

17. Lie in the grass, and listen to the “Worthstock” concert the weekend after classes end each spring.

18. Yell, “safety school!” at a Haverford-Swarthmore basketball game.

19. Share a “dirty sundae” (brownie and ice cream) with a friend at the student-run Paces Café.

20. Be clueless about what you want to do after you graduate—except in an abstract, “save the world” kind of way.
Well, I'd say indecisive about what I want to do, but not really completely clueless... And "save the world" is a consideration... But probably not enough to actually bold this one...

21. Snuggle with friends at an outdoor movie night on Parrish Beach.

22. Assemble a costume at Goodwill, and hit the Mary Lyon Halloween party.
I guess if Jonathan found what I ended up using for a costume at Goodwill, that counts...

23. Read Foucault.

24. Sail—or sink—your homemade boat at the Crum Regatta.

25. Try to get 8 hours of sleep one night a week.
Well, kind of on weekends, but...I didn't necessarily make a specific effort to...

26. Dance in Terpsichore, a dance recital in which students choreograph pieces for other students. No experience required.

27. Be silent at Meeting for Worship at the Swarthmore Friends Meetinghouse.

28. Do the “Swarthmore swivel” to make sure the person you’re about to talk about isn’t right behind you.

29. Eat a phoenix while reading The Phoenix.

30. Tell someone you go to Swarthmore. Be asked, “Oh? Where is that?”

31. Learn that it’s OK to get an A- (or a B+ or a B).

32. Eat soul food, and listen to spoken word at the Black Cultural Center’s Soul Shack.

33. Get to know a professor well.
Wow, I actually don't think I would say I ever did, at least not as well as I would have liked/expected, being at Swarthmore... I did get to know 3-4 professors at least reasonably well, though...but not enough to count, I don't think...

34. Shamelessly score condoms from Worth Health Center for 20 cents apiece.

35. Have an instant message conversation with your roommate while she sits right next to you.
I remember this happening towards the beginning of freshman year, at least... (Well, I guess that's the only year I could have done that, since Jon didn't have a computer...

36. Leave a party early to do homework.

37. Read Edward Said’s Orientalism.

38. Eat sushi at the science center coffee bar.

39. Randomly run into other Swarthmoreans in exotic locales around the world.

40. Interview a candidate for a teaching position at the College.

41. Run through the introductory course circuit: Education 014, Economics 001, Biology 002, Psychology 001, Chemistry 010.

42. Drop everything at 4:30, and go to practice.

43. Quit your varsity sport.

44. Read, write, or dream about “deconstruction.”

45. Fall onto the ice—or slap the puck into the net—at a Motherpuckers game.

46. Attend a strange new play in the Frear Ensemble Theatre, a “black-box” experimental studio.
Hmm, at least I think I did at one point...

47. Freak out about your high housing lottery number.

48. Have breakfast in the Mary Lyon breakfast room.

49. Be “sexiled” when your roommate (plus one) locks you out.
Only once by Jonathan, and actually one time freshman year....

50. Let out a “primal scream”—along with everyone else on campus—at midnight on the first day of finals.

51. Kiss one of your friends. Joke for the rest of the year about how incestuous your group of friends is.

52. Ask for an extension on a paper.

53. Ask for an extension on the extension.

54. Climb onto the roof of at least one building (Parrish, Mary Lyon, Willets, Kohlberg, Ware Pool, Martin, etc.).
I know I've been on the roof of 4 of those (at least if you could the "roof" of the bike area in ML), and it seems like there's at least one more that I'm forgetting, but maybe not...

55. Get “screwed” at the Screw Your Roommate blind-date dance.

56. Be a gaping bystander as the men’s and women’s rugby teams run naked through Parrish during the Dash for Cash.

57. Play rugby for at least one season. Run in the Dash.

58. Borrow a Sharples tray, and sled down the hill from the bell tower.

59. Make friends with people who are even more weird than you.

60. Be in a class discussion that runs more than 4 (or 5 or 6) hours.
Hmm, I guess not...

61. Go to the gender-bending Sager dance in clothes your parents wouldn’t like.

62. Wield foam bats for the pterodactyl hunt.

63. Go Cygnet shopping—checking out the cute first-years in the facebook.

64. Take an honors seminar whether you’re in honors or not.

65. Periodically repeat Dean of the College Bob Gross’ [’62] freshman orientation mantra: “No matter what you say or do to me, I’m still a worthwhile person.”

66. Spend a miserable night sipping chicken broth in Worth Health Center.

67. Sing all the words to Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” at a party.

68. Study abroad junior spring or fall.

69. Buy 14 candy bars and five chais on the last day of finals to use up your meal points—or get friends to buy you chais after you run through your points during the fourth week of the semester.

70. Get an internship that makes your humanities major more marketable after graduation.

71. Go to first and last Collection in the amphitheater. Appreciate closure.

72. Ruin your health with a 4 a.m. “blue-ribbon special” at Tom Jones—$2.79 for two eggs, two pancakes, two pieces of toast, two strips of bacon, two sausage patties, coffee, and juice.

73. Take a course in a department you never thought you could excel in.

74. Write a paper about a book you didn’t actually read.

75. Chase a Ping-Pong ball across a frat-house floor during a Beirut match.

76. Use the word “hegemony.” All the time.

77. Chalk the sidewalks around campus with socially responsible propaganda.

78. Take an amazing class.

79. Have a picnic in the Dean Bond Rose Garden. Wonder, “Who was Dean Bond?”
I never had a picnic there, but I actually COULD tell you who Dean Bond was. (Yeah, I guess that's vaguely pathetic... But she was first dean of Swarthmore, and was the one who really relaxed Magill's insanely strict disciplinary standards, which were starting to really drive students away from going to the school.

80. Bring your paper to a student writing associate (WA) to get “WA’d.”

81. Play your favorite music, and gossip into the microphone on your own WSRN show.

82. Go to a lecture on “The Element of Surprise in Egyptian Art”—just because you can.

83. Pull an all-nighter to finish (start?) tomorrow’s paper, due at 10 a.m. Skip your 10:30 a.m. class to sleep.
Despite my last-minute paper finishing habits, I don't think I ever actually missed a class to sleep after turning in a paper, at least not that I remember...

84. Go to Jamboree, a 3-hour a cappella concert held each semester, because you have a friend in each of the eight groups performing.

85. Point out the “inherent contradictions” in an author’s argument.

86. Learn the pizza man’s life story.

87. Take a “walk of shame” after spending the night in a dorm far across campus.
Not necessarily shameful, but there was the time I fell asleep in the ML 2nd lounge after going back there with Jonathan and Blake after a Paces party that for some reason I went to with Jonathan, if I remember right... And then I woke up there at like 7 AM

88. Stay in Sharples from lunch through dinner.
I would have forgotten about this, but yeah...remembrances last year should count...

89. Shower postpractice with 12 of your closest friends.

90. Reevaluate your basic assumptions about the world.

91. Call Public Safety to let you into your room after your roommate locks you out during your shower.
Well, I was never locked out by a roommate, but I was locked out by public safety one time. This was junior year, after I had missed my plane for spring break, and so I had to get rescheduled on a flight leaving at like 7:30 AM the next day. So I had set my alarm, but I managed to get up before my alarm went off, I guess, to take a shower... Well, someone called Public Safety, who, I guess, thought I was already gone for break, turned off my alarm, and locked the door. So when I came back from my shower...I was really confused as to why my door was locked...

92. Take a dance class for academic credit: African, Kathak, tap, yoga, ballet, modern, or flamenco.

93. Sing by yourself in the bell tower. Don’t you sound great?

94. Read Plato.

95. Pet the dogs that people walk around campus. Coo at the babies.

96. Live and love the SAC party scene.

97. Hunt for eels in the Crum Creek at night.

98. Be awakened by the buzzer signaling closing time in McCabe Library.
I don't actually remember a time where this happened, but I'm going to guess it did once or twice...

99. Find out how sexually “pure” you are on a scale of 1 to 100 (100 meaning you’re saintly, 1 meaning that you should be in jail) at a “purity test” study break.
Hmm, I took purity tests, but not at a hall study break...

100. Watch the sun set over the amphitheater.

101. Do something good for the world.
(I don't have anything specific in mind, but I'd like to think I did...)


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