The senior's bucket list
Issue date: 10/2/09 Section: Opinion
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Everyone has his or her own version of the bucket list. Maybe it's a list of places that they want to visit, or a set of campus rules they are intent on breaking. Some are too inappropriate to even mention. For seniors this list can be imposing, but for everyone else it's something to look forward to. The years really do fly by, so it's easy to forget about the cheesy touristy things to do here. However, the following activities stand a chance to be fun and memorable:
1. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I myself have never been there. I hear mixed reviews from fellow students. Many say that it's not that super, but regardless it's a Cleveland staple, and worth a visit.
2. The Great Lakes Science Center. The perfect place for the Case student, including exhibits such as the alternative energy exhibit, biomedical technology gallery, and the polymer funhouse. There's also an OMNIMAX theatre so you can see everything just a little bit bigger and better.
3. The Cleveland Botanical Gardens/Museum of Art/Museum of Natural History. Case students get free admission here (for at least one visit). For students who have yet to visit any of these three spots, shame on you. These museums and gardens are beautiful, educational, and within walking distance.
4. The bars downtown. This is really a seniors-only specific item. I went downtown last weekend for the first time, and had a really fun time. Even if bar hopping and dancing isn't your cup of tea, it shows a different side of Cleveland that is really different from what we have closer to campus.
5. Severance Hall, to see the Cleveland Orchestra and the faculty dining room. The Cleveland Orchestra is a world-renowned musical ensemble, and often, students hardly give their close proximity a second thought. We walk by the historical and beautiful Severance Hall every day to get to the quad. If you haven't already, try to make it for a concert to hear some breathtaking music.
6. The West Side Market. Besides the fact that you can purchase locally grown farm-fresh produce and specialty cheeses and meats, where else can you go on a Saturday morning and mingle with locals from all over the city? It's worth going early and spending the rest of the day walking around the west side to look at local art and grab a beer at the Great Lakes Brewery.
7. Indians/Browns/Cavaliers game. There's no better way to get in the Cleveland spirit than to support the local teams, and witness the diehard, and often depressed, fans.
8. Restaurants in Tremont. Case students spend so much time on Coventry; it's nice to go somewhere else for great food on a Friday night.
9. Happy hour at Wackadoo's - I'm sorry, the Jolly Scholar - or The Spot. All of us seniors will forever know the "Jolly Scholar" as Wackadoo's, when we were too young to drink there. Although these may not be the most exciting option for the 21 and over set, they are still both Case standbys. After a really long day full of tests and papers, there's nothing like going to the campus bar for happy hour with your friends. Besides, what can beat specials like The Spot's dollar mystery beers on Wednesday nights with live music?