Sunday, 27 August 2017 21:14

Students create list of things to do at UMaine before graduating Featured

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ORONO - Four years of college can fly by. One class at UMaine is making sure students don't waste a second.

College can be some of the best and busiest times of your life.

"College goes by fast," said Kiana Burke, a junior at the University of Maine.

So how do you make sure you make the most out of your time in school?

"Some students got to their senior year and they had never done some of the things they really should have known about," said Claire Sullivan, an associate professor of communications and journalism at the University of Maine.

One communications class decided to change that.

"They came up with a lot of different ideas themselves, they talked to different people," said Sullivan.

The class took those ideas and created a list: 50 things to do before you graduate from the University of Maine.

For those new to Maine, this eases the stress of moving to a new place.

"It lets me know what's in the area and things I can do off campus and on campus when I'm not studying or in classes, need something to do," said Jordan Lamkins, a freshman.

Some upperclassmen began realizing they've got some work to do.

"Find the banana tree in the Roger Clapp Greenhouses," said Sam Parkinson, a senior. "Never ever been to the greenhouses. I've walked by it all three years and I've always wanted to go."

"Honestly, I didn't realize some of the things that like we had around our campus, but I definitely feel like I've gotten through most of them by now," said Burke.

The list includes things to do outside of the college as well, like hiking Mount Katahdin.

"Make people go out and adventure and really get them to experience things that you wouldn't normally," said Tyler Gagne, a senior.

Whether you're stepping onto campus for the first time or bracing yourself for one final year, this list reminds students not to waste a minute.

"Get a little bit out of your comfort zone, try some new things, meet some new people," said Sullivan.

"Making sure you achieve things and create lasting memories in your short four years here is something that is worthwhile to do," said Parkinson.

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!