spring to-do list [lifestyle] – The Brown Daily Herald


spring bucket list

It’s that magical time of year when the trees on campus don their spring costumes and scatter pink petals across the gray sidewalks. The days sprinkle a yellow sun over the ancient bricks, warming the buildings and flooding the Main Green with picnic blankets and neglected schoolbooks. The heat pushes the skunks out of hibernation and sends hay fever haywire. The weeks at the end of April are a real treat. It’s the short time that passes right after the end of the last intermediate exams and just before the final exams, the demons fall from their evil lair in the sky. It’s time to breathe deeply (but not too deeply) and enjoy the unfolding enchantment of spring.

Unfortunately, this is also the time when my flex points dip under the dollar and I can afford less than two meals a day. The end of the year may mean rationing vanilla lattes at the Blue Room and stepping away from Jo’s 1am sessions, but it’s also the last chance to try anything. other. Before I make the third floor of the Rock a destination for looking at blank Google docs and final multi-page prompts, there are a few things I’d like to accomplish; a bucket list in itself:


This goal is partly terrifying. The critters of the night roam the streets of Providence with unpredictable appetites in their bellies. If at 4:02 a.m. they stumbled upon Alumni Gardens craving an English hub who just turned 20, I’d be finished. But the idea of ​​laying down a comfy sleeping bag and gazing up at the stars until a light spring breeze lifts me into my dreams is a wonderful thought. Alumni Gardens seems like the perfect place to spend the night, enclosed in a forest of flowering trees with the scent of blooming flowers. Not to mention that when I wake up, I’ll be less than a two-minute walk from my morning classes. As someone who lives in Perkins, that aspect is huge. That sounds like a pretty achievable goal. I would just need to borrow a sleeping bag and find a friend who will watch while I doze and defend me from the wildlife of Providence.


I have never gone to a concert or a sports game without a sheet of paper and a Sharpie. I’ve probably never sat closer than 70 rows to performers or athletes, but you never know. The only time I forgot a piece of paper was in middle school when Saint Motel performed a free concert in downtown Providence. After the show, my best friend and I headed forward and met the band. When they offered their signatures, my best friend, who always came prepared, handed them her piece of paper and got a permanent autograph. I, on the other hand, had a scribble on my arm. While it’s a childish wish to get a celebrity’s autograph, it’s not a goal I’m giving up on this year.


On one of these rainy spring days, I want to watch a movie at the Avon. I appreciate them more when I see them at the Avon, but I haven’t been to the little theater on Thayer Street since before the pandemic. The Avon’s vintage decor takes me back to a decade I never experienced. It’s almost like I’m playing myself in the movie. I love that the building only houses one theater and the song “Let’s go to the lobby” plays before each movie. Avon introduced me to Whiplash, The Favourite, Sing Street, Isle Of Dogs, and so many other favorites now.

One of the biggest parts of the Avon is the bathroom. Just before entering there is a candy machine that only works occasionally, and it’s always a really nice surprise when it does. Inside the bathroom, there’s a full-length mirror that gives me the confidence to look at myself and think, “Could I make a movie someday?” “. They also equip the bathrooms with speakers so people like me with tiny bladders that can’t hold an average sized root beer for a two hour movie don’t have to miss the movie audio. Before the finales steal every hour of my waking life, I want to watch something out there and take a trip back in time.


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