5 Things IMSA Students Must Do Before Graduating!

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In the midst of academics, extracurriculars, and trying to get more than five hours of sleep each night, IMSA students are definitely a unique breed of high schoolers. But despite these busy schedules and daunting tasks, there are actually a lot of interesting adventures students can take on during the school year, and this article dives into a few of these possible ideas.

Walking trip to Orchard in the spring

Walking trips are a great way to spend time with friends and enjoy the springtime breeze during the later months of the school year. Some bonding ideas could include playing word games on the way there, asking each other questions—which is an awesome way to meet new people, speed walking certain sections, or just walking while playing some upbeat music. Orchard also has really good options for food, including 9Bar, Starbucks, and Chipotle. The next time you finish your work early on an I-day or have a weekend freed up, call some friends and go for a walking trip to Orchard!

Sit in the Grainger hallway during the weekend

Although the Grainger hallway may seem pretty busy during the school year, it is actually a very quiet and calming place to sit and work over the weekends. Especially when it’s sunny outside, the far end of the hallway has a glass door/window that is illuminated by the sun, too. It’s such an underrated study spot that you should definitely try if you can!

Realize that a select few of the charging outlets in the TV pit actually work

This will probably happen to almost every single IMSA student before they graduate, but eventually, you will realize that there is at least one charging outlet that does not work in the TV pit. If you’re lucky, you will realize this right away, sparing you the ‘unsaved changes’ warning when your computer, unsurprisingly, dies. In all seriousness, though, this will definitely be an unforgettable IMSA experience if it happens to you.

Almost miss check

7:29pm! You shake out your earbuds, sprint out to the hall commons, and stick your hand out to your RC just before 7:30pm hits. Whew! Congratulations, you just almost missed check. If this hasn’t happened to you yet, it (most likely) will. 

Forget your ID in your dorm (at least once)

An ID to an IMSA student is like a stuffed animal to a toddler—it’s important, but not important enough to always know where you last put it. Forgetting your ID in your room before leaving for school or a club meeting has probably happened to the majority of us at least once during these past few years. And, similar to missing check, if it hasn’t happened yet, it likely will.

There are so many more adventures IMSA students can take on during their three years here, and this list is merely a starting point in what could possibly happen next. Despite the workload and busy schedules (and mostly cloudy weather here), it’s important to make time for things that make you feel happy!

About the Author

Michelle Sun
Hello! My Acronym position is Lifestyle Section Editor this year. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, scrapbooking, crocheting, jogging with friends, or even doing a few extra math problems. I'm an avid learner and am part of Girls Who Code on campus as well as cross country and track.

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