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UMass Amherst student center, seen from across the campus pond. Text: Things to Do Before You Graduate

As I am in my final semester here at UMass, I have started to reflect on the things that have made college the best four years of my life. The UMass campus is home to some pretty unique things to do, and there are 10 I think everyone should try to do before they graduate: 

Spray Paint the Frank Graffiti Wall 

The wall located outside of Franklin Dining Common has long been available for students to paint on. In my four years at UMass it’s had everything from bad puns, to full blown murals painted on it. Even if you don’t consider yourself an artist, I think every student should at least try their hand at it once!

Visit the Ninja Turtles

Located on the 21st floor of the DuBois Library, the ninja turtle statues seem like an urban legend; however, they’re very much real! They were donated by TMNT creator Peter Laird, who happens to be a UMass graduate.

Go to a UMass Athletics Game 

While hockey is my personal favorite, UMass has a ton of Division 1 teams for students to watch. There’s nothing like the energy in the Mullins Center on a Friday night during a matchup against another Massachusetts hockey team such as Boston College. My friends and I like to go in a big group, which is my favorite part of the experience. Go Minutemen! 

Go to a Spring Concert 

Like many universities, UMass has a yearly Spring Concert every April. In the last couple of years we’ve had everyone from Khalid to Loud Luxury. The tickets are affordably priced, and it is one of my favorite events of the year!

Frank Stir Fry

Every UMass student has a strong opinion on which of the four Dining Commons reigns superior; however, Franklin holds the title for the best stir fry on campus (at least in my opinion). Stir fry is one of my favorite things about UMass Dining, and its one food item I think everyone should try before they graduate!

Late Night @ Berk

Ever craved some late night pierogis? How about a burger? Berkshire Dining Common has you covered. Every night from 9:30PM to Midnight, Berk serves up tasty treats during Late Night. There are even themed nights, and sometimes a DJ. It’s one of my favorite things that UMass Dining offers us students!

Big Chill 

Every year on the last day of spring semester classes, UMass has what is essentially a giant carnival to celebrate the end of a long year. Hosted by the University Programming Council, it features everything from inflatable obstacle courses to free tank tops and a tie-dye station. The event is a super fun way to celebrate the warm weather and the end of a great academic year. 

Get a Lobster on Halloween

One of the more unique UMass Dining traditions is serving up whole lobsters on Halloween. Even if seafood isn't your thing, it's hard to resist the lure of some good New England lobsters. With fun Halloween desserts, and even a costume contest, the Dining Commons make sure the Halloween dinner is one event you don't want to miss out on. 

Hike up the Hill to Sweets ’n More

While Field Hall (located in Orchard Hill) can seem like a hike, it’s well worth it if you’re craving a milkshake. Sweets ’n More is one of seven student run businesses on campus, and they’re definitely the sweetest! Serving everything from milkshakes to nachos, it’s an essential part of the UMass experience.

Go to the Big E

With so many things to do on campus, it’s easy to see why so many students love UMass. However, one thing I think everyone should go to before they graduate is the Big E. The Eastern States Exposition, or as it’s affectionally called “The Big E” is open weekends in the fall. It boasts some of the best fair food in the area, and even a concert arena; it’s well worth the drive off campus!  


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