Bucket List: Freshman Year

Photo Credit: Cheechee Lin

As the school year draws to a close, seniors in flowing graduation gowns can be seen all over campus, posing for graduation pictures. I can’t believe that my first year at UCLA is almost over (except for finals, bleh). As UCLA prepares to send off a fourth of its population off into the real world, it’s time to welcome the freshman class.

It’s hard to believe that a little less than a year ago, I was the bright-eyed freshman who stepped foot on this campus for the first time. The quarter system does move at a super fast pace, and it seems as though this year has just been a blur. Now it’s time to take a look back at a fraction of the bucket list I composed right after freshman orientation and see what items I’ve crossed off. I was inspired by a youtube clip I had watched shortly before I moved here πŸ™‚

  1. Take part in the Color Run 2014(I ended up participating in Run or Dye with some good friends this May).
  2. Study abroad for one quarter + (I’m studying abroad in LSE this summer! I’ve never been to Europe before, and I’m counting down the days till I’m there!)
  3. Join an a cappella group <span class="wp-smiley emoji emoji-heart" title="<3 (Awechords A Cappella, you have given me the experience of a lifetime. I’m so glad I get to sing with you all for the rest of my college career!)
  4. Volunteer for an educational cause (Project WILD, Unicamp, I am so incredibly lucky to be able to volunteer with you)
  5. University Chorus, UCLA Chorale, Chamber (Performing in Royce was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve had during my undergraduate career. As Dr.Neuen’s last choral class, getting to perform the Beethoven Mass inside UCLA’s best venue was incredible.)
  6. Tour Guide ( I served as a tour guide for Bruin Day! Despite getting stranded outside the elevator from my tour group and having to scour the building for them, it was an exhilarating experience)
  7. Experience Spring Sing (Best show ever!!! More to come on this later)
  8. Figure out what major I want to be (This actually turned out to be not that difficult once I was able to figure out what I was really passionate about!)
  9. Thanksgiving in Beverly Hills ( I had the fortune of dining with an alumni for Thanksgiving since I couldn’t go back home, thanks to the Dashew Center!
  10. Road Trip (LOL my friends from my floor dragged me to San Diego during Winter Quarter amid midterm craziness. I am so grateful they persuaded me, that was definitely an fun-filled adventure!)
  11. Learn something completely random  (Wow. I’ve taken a couple of classes purely for the sake of learning outside my academic career and they were some of the best courses I’ve taken thus far.)

So these were a couple of the things I’ve managed to cross off my list. The rest are little goals or checkpoints I will work towards during the future, and I’ll definitely keep on expanding the list! So for anyone looking to create a bucket list: be as deep, as insightful, or as crazy as you’d like: college is what you make out of it! Set a goal to take a random class, do something you never thought you’d do (like leap off a pole on the top of a mountain), meet some incredible people, and get ready for the ride of your life!


  1. Gloria Sheu says:

    Hey there πŸ™‚ I’m Gloria, remember me?
    All I can say after reading this blogpost is…wow!
    its so inspiring to see someone achieve so much in the course of a few years. I’m going to be an incoming Bruin this year (maybe we’ll be able to meet! :), and if I could do half as much as what you have accomplished, I would just quit school and live off of my success!
    Its so heartwarming to see that dreams, even at UCLA, are 100% in reach!

    I must say, though, I’m pretty anxious for the college life that I’m going to take on in a few months.. D: I don’t know if I’m ready or not! 😦

    1. cheecheelin says:

      Hello Gloria! Of course dreams and goals are within reach, after all, it is UCLA, one of the greatest schools in the world (haha Bruin pride)! I’ve found that UCLA has provided me with so many opportunities I didn’t even anticipate at the beginning of freshman year. lol. I don’t actually think of the activities I’ve undertaken as “success”, but rather little side projects that I’ve been brooding over for a long time and wanted to finish.

      Anyways, don’t sweat it! I was definitely a bit scared when I first flew all the way over the ocean by myself, having SIR’d to a school I hadn’t even seen before. However, after one year, I look back at all the amazing things that have happened this year both inside and out of the classroom and I’m certain I made the right choice.

      Food for thought: We had this activity during New Student Orientation called “Carpe Noctem”, which was a phrase taken from one of my favorite quotes of all time “carpe diem, carpe noctem” which means “seize the day/seize the night”. I won’t spoil the surprise for you, but I really think that this quote embodies what college is all about! Good luck, and I hope to see you around!

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