Dear Sian Elvin,
CC: Daniel Cope, Any challenge-hungry student.
[Aside: Dear Reader,
Sian Elvin is a friend of mine from the Warwick student paper, the Boar. Like myself, she prefers the society-first, degree-second approach to university, has some awesome friends here and is always up for a challenge. When I was thinking of someone else to rope into my newly devised challenge, which I will come to later, she was the obvious choice (I mean, come on, she even has a wordpress). However, if you would like to take part yourself, please do so – it’d be awesome if you could let me know in the comments below, but don’t feel obliged!
Andy “I double dare you” King]
A while back I read an article on the independent called “50 things to do before you leave university”, which got me thinking. I want to get the most out of university, am a big fan of both lists and challenges, and could probably combine the ideas of this list with some of my own to make a truly personal campus bucket list.
I started working on the list, wanting exactly 50 tasks, like the initial article, and realized that a lot of the things I want to achieve would be goals of other students too, whether they knew it or not. And whilst having a campus bucket list is cool, setting a public challenge to another and, also, myself, to complete it was cooler.
A week or two ago, I finished the list of tasks, and set about making the rules. I promise that I took into consideration the fact that I had created the list in my setting of rules, and as such, present to you the Campus 50 Challenge. Which, if you accept, I will race you to complete.
The Campus 50 Challenge:
The rules are simple.
One: You may alter up to a maximum of five tasks on the list to create your own personal challenge, but the alterations must be approved by me. This stops you swapping a harder task (such as 16, win a pub quiz, to something much easier like pull an all nighter in the library).
Two: To consider a task “complete”, you must have the completion of the task verified by someone else who would be honest if you were lying. I suggest Daniel Cope to be the mediator of this, he can probably tell when either of us is lying. (Other competitors must provide their own mediator)
Three: To take part in the race, rather than just the challenge, you must inform the other racers that you have completed a task.
[Side note to anyone from anywhere other than Warwick, feel free to fill in your university equivalents].
The tasks have been enclosed below, should you chose to accept them, I wish you luck and I’ll see you in the comments.
Yours from a head start,
- Feed the campus wildlife
- Hand in an essay early
- Busk on campus for charity
- Kiss someone out of your league
- Teach someone something – whether small or large
- Study in every library that exists on campus
- Make your own booze
- Have an incredibly elaborate picnic on a uni green space one lunch time
- Audit a lecture completely out of your field
- Go to the careers office and speak to them completely honestly – whatever your thoughts and fears, loves and hates…
- Start a conga at a big union night. See how long you can get it, before leading it as far from the music as possible (if you can get it to a house party or another club night, regardless of task completion, you win the challenge)
- Take part in a protest
- Write for every section of the Boar
- If you think a lecture was particularly good, try and instigate a standing ovation
- Give your parents a in depth tour of all the great stuff you do and love at University (It’ll make for an amazing trip for them, and make them feel happy whenever they think of you at uni)
- Win a pub quiz
- Go on a blind date
- Pull a postgraduate
- Celebrate something by doing the classic shake up a bottle of champagne and spraying it all over yourself and everywhere (or at least do it with sparkling wine..!)
- Go inside (and have a little explore of) every building that is part of the university
- Become a wise mentor for a Fresher doing your course. Tell them what you wish you’d known
- Learn a new sport or instrument or activity that you never thought you would
- Make a difference to a society
- Get an internship
- Run a society/club circle
- Take part in an open mic night
- Sing at karaoke
- Ask someone out who you don’t have a chance with
- Forgive yourself for doing a “useless” degree
- Go on a RAG Raid
- Be involved in a RaW show
- Be published in INK magazine
- Make a zombie apocalypse plan with your housemates
- Take part in an election campaign
- Do a student adventure
- Make a friend from a country you haven’t made a friend from before
- Watch the superbowl in the atrium
- Go to a student cinema event
- Win a pub golf event
- Win a competition representing Warwick
- Cook for your flatmates
- Attend three varsity games, preferably one every year of your degree.
- Learn the names of everyone in your seminars
- Doodle something impressive in a lecture
- Give a society you’ve pre-judged an honest chance
- Be in a WSAF (Warwick Student Arts Festival) performance
- Be written about in the Tab.
- Get a first on an essay
- Work out what I want in both personal and professional lives five years from graduation
- Circle at a different university.
Yours in competition,