Your bucket list before graduation

By Tabitha Carranza

When people think about school, the thought is often accompanied by a feeling of dread.

Assignments and deadlines are not typically the source of excitement for most people, let alone a student.

But here at Cal Poly Pomona, the college has more to offer than daily studious obligations.

In fact, there are a lot of bucket-list items you should do at CPP before you graduate.

No, I don’t mean the school-organized ‘fun’ activities that bring on more dread than a multiple hour-long lecture.

These activities and events are actually age-appropriate for the young adult.

This is especially true for Innovation Brew Works, CPP’s very own brewery and restaurant.

The award-winning establishment serves beer crafted right on campus, along with sandwiches, salads and craft-your-own pizzas.

It is the perfect place to sit and unwind with friends while kicking back a cold one.

If you’re more of a nature lover rather than an alcohol one, CPP has something for you too.

If you’ve ever wondered if you can hike up to the CPP letters on the hill above campus then guess what, you can.

It is a scenic hike that’ll not only take you to the letters, but will give you a great view of the campus.

Students who don’t enjoy the outdoors but still want to get active can head to the Bronco Recreation and Intramural Complex, the campus recreation center.

The facility offers many different activities such as climbing on a 51-foot tall climbing wall and running on an indoor jogging track.

Fourth-year computer engineering student Jackson Nguyen stated he likes to go to the BRIC to play basketball with his friends and believes other students should get active.

“[Students should] definitely get involved in anything really,” he said. “[They should] play sports, get some connections and make some friends.”

Many students are unsure of where to hang out at on campus in between classes besides at the many fast-food restaurants we have.

An alternative to sitting in the Campus Center Marketplace is in the Games Room, which is located in the Bronco Student Center.

The Games Room offers a place for students to spend time with friends and partake in activities such as karaoke and arcade games.

Students can also purchase discounted tickets for movie theaters and theme parks there.

The former activities listed can be done at any time throughout the academic year, but there are events that you have to take advantage of before you graduate.

The most important event you should attend besides the commencement ceremony is Homecoming.

Because we don’t have a football team, our Homecoming is held in the winter for the basketball team.

However, it is no less fun than any other homecoming since CPP goes big with carnival rides, games, and food trucks.

This event will really get you into the Bronco spirit, something we all need help with.

For more of a sophisticated night out, an option for students is to have dinner at The Restaurant at Kellogg Ranch.

This dining establishment overlooks the rolling hills of Pomona and guests can view the restaurant’s one-acre garden as they dine.

Another perk about the restaurant that students may not know is that meal points can be used there to pay for your food.

Not only would you get a break from the simple grab and go options but you’d get to witness your peers hard at work in their class that fuels the staff of the restaurant.

The restaurant offers fresh vegetables, fruits and herbs from its culinary garden that is grown by undergraduate students as part of CPP’s ‘learn by doing’ motto.

Pumpkin patches are a must-do activity every fall season, and Broncos can enjoy one on their own campus.

CPP’s annual Pumpkin Festival is the epitome of what any pumpkin patch should be.

A corn maze, petting zoo, and hayrides are all offered at this event.

The popular two-day event draws thousands of people ready to take their pick out of 70,000 pumpkins every October.

Another big hit among the campus community in the fall quarter is the annual Hot Dog Caper.

In a single afternoon the campus consumes more than 16,000 hot dogs, 14,000 drinks and 12,000 bags of chips while enjoying activities, live music and raffles held by clubs and organizations.

The event is entirely free to students and faculty and has been a tradition on campus for many years.

Many students recommend getting involved on campus before graduating.

Whether you join a club, get involved with Greek life or participate in athletics, you will receive many benefits from participating in one of them such as making friends and adding the experience to your resume.

Fourth-year computer information systems student Darren Tran stated he was glad to have joined a fraternity during his college career.

“It was hard getting out there, especially since I was very shy,” he said. “Joining these organizations really helped me bring myself out there.”

If you want to get involved to help out your future, then the Career Fair is a great option for you.

This event is held twice a year during the fall and in the spring, and has over 150 employers there to provide information for career opportunities.

Third-year finance, real estate, and law student Chang Chur stated students should attend the Career Fair.

“It gives you a lot of opportunities and it kind of motivates you to get a job after you graduate,” he said.

Whether you’re an incoming freshman or a senior Cal Poly veteran, it is never too late to partake in these activities.

Cal Poly Pomona has more to offer than daily studious obligations

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Cal Poly Pomona has more to offer than daily studious obligations

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