The Ultimate High School Bucket List: 68 Things to Do Before Graduation

High school is a time like no other, with plenty of fun to be had, awkwardness to endure and, of course, grades to strive for.

But with so much happening in just four integral years of your life, how are you meant to make the most of it all? Well, you can start by ticking off a few of the items on this ultimate high school bucket list. Let's dive in with:


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In-School Options for Your High School Bucket List

When in high school, a majority of your time is spent within the walls of your school itself—in fact, you probably spend more waking hours per week at school than you do at home. So why not add some in-school items to your high school bucket list? There's no studying required for these options:

  • Get straight A's for an entire semester
  • Distract your teacher by asking about their life for at least 20 minutes of class time
  • Donate blood at the school blood drive once you're old enough
  • Earn at least one sash or rope to wear around your neck at graduation
  • Join at least one extracurricular club
  • Vote in the school election
  • Write a letter to your favorite teacher(s) before graduation
  • Get a perfect score on a test
  • Take the SAT
  • Apply to your dream college, no matter how realistic it may be
  • Attend the homecoming dance

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  • Go to the college or career fair
  • Paint your face for the pep rally
  • Attend or star in a school play
  • Go to the school talent show (or be in the school talent show)
  • Sign up for a random elective
  • Learn a new language
  • Dress up for every day of spirit week
  • Make friends with someone in your class on the first day
  • Take an art class
  • Invite the "new kid" to sit with you at lunch
  • Go on as many field trips as you can
  • Apply for scholarships
  • Do a spring break trip, abroad if you can
  • Make the honor roll
  • Skip class on senior skip day
  • Throw your cap at graduation
  • Go to as many football games as you can
  • Memorize the names of everyone in all your classes
  • Graduate!

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Non-School Related Items for Your High School Bucket List

Hey, the fun of high school isn't all just about what happens within the hallways! Here are some outside-of-class items to think about adding to your own high school bucket list:

  • Tell your crush you like them
  • Go on a date (even if it's just a friend date) to the movies
  • Successfully keep a journal
  • Get a summer job
  • Learn how to drive
  • Get your driver's license
  • Apply for an internship
  • Stay up until sunrise
  • Buy an outfit entirely from a thrift store
  • Go to prom in a limo, party bus or other cool vehicle

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  • Take senior photos
  • Make a time capsule
  • Clear out your closet and donate clothes you don't wear
  • Write a letter to your future self and put it away to read years later
  • Get your hair done before a dance
  • Go to or host a sleepover
  • Watch a scary movie
  • Plan a group Halloween costume
  • Trick-or-treat for the last time
  • Redesign your bedroom
  • Jump off the high dive board
  • Hand out candy instead of trick-or-treating for the first time
  • Try a new food
  • Ride a rollercoaster, even if you're scared
  • Go vegetarian, vegan or plant-based for at least two weeks
  • Have a beach day with friends
  • Go on a trip with friends
  • Visit a college campus
  • Make your bed every day
  • Get your nails done
  • Have a Sweet 16
  • Host or help out at a fundraiser
  • Make a TikTok to remember all the best moments
  • Change your style
  • Go to an art museum
  • Have a summer glow up
  • Learn how to cook
  • Read at least one non-school book a month

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Feel free to run with this list as you please—after all, it'your high school bucket list! And if you need a few extra ideas to tack on, click HERE for ideas to add to your senior year bucket list.