Hey, guys! Graceann and Natali here! We met this summer while working as Cardinal Ambassadors in the Office of Admission, and over the course of the summer we created a Catholic University bucket list of things we’ve done, and still need to do! Whether you’re an incoming freshman or a returning student, make sure you cross these off before graduation sneaks up on you!
- Walk Gus
Gus is President Garvey’s dog and to take him for a walk across campus, all you have to do is head over to Nugent Hall and ask! They’ll give you Gus, a leash, and the time they would like Gus to come home. Isn’t it great to have a dog on campus that you can always hang out with?!
- Rhode Island Challenge
The next stop over from Brookland-CUA towards Shady Grove is Rhode Island Ave, home to a Dunkin Donuts, and a long standing Catholic challenge. Once you hit the Rhode Island metro stop as you’re heading towards Catholic, the doors will close and the challenge begins–you have to hang on the upper hand rails of the metro car all the way from the Rhode Island stop to Brookland-CUA, and trust me, it’s not easy. It is a test of your upper body strength and love for this age-old Catholic University challenge. Best of luck to you on this challenge!
Do you love late-night pizza? Well, we sure do!!! And there’s no better place to get it than Pizza Boli’s. Boli’s is an AMMAAAZZZING pizza delivery service and it’ll come right to your residence hall–a mandatory call after Founder’s Day or Mistletoe Ball! Can you say #blessedtohaveBoli’s?
- Farmer’s Market
Every Saturday morning on the ArtsWalk, you can always find fresh fruit and veggies, calzones, and local artwork at our very own Brookland Farmer’s Market! Stop by for some free samples 😉
- Local Restaurant – Menomale
Get to know your DC neighborhood a little bit better by going to some of the local restaurants in Brookland. There are a plethora of eateries to try, like the new Fox Loves Tacos that serves all day breakfast burritos and the ever-classic Menomale where you slice your pizza with scissors!
- Go to a Catholic University production
Support the arts and go see a production put on by your fellow Cardinals! The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music (the best school of music in the District) puts on nearly 200 productions every year at our very own Hartke theater as well as downtown DC at the Kennedy Center. Student admission is free, so what are you waiting for?
- 9PM mass at St. Vinny’s
Did your mom call you at 7:00 Sunday night asking if you went to mass, but you forgot? Well, no worries because the “Last Chance Mass” at St. Vincent’s Chapel (between Ryan and Regan Halls) is at 9:00PM on Sunday Night. This mass is the largest student mass, and if you get there after 8:40PM, it’s standing room only. The music featured in the mass is accompanied by students playing the the piano, bongos, guitars, and more; so it definitely will be the most lively mass that you have ever experienced!
- Game Day
Support your Catholic U. Cards at one of their events! You can also attend a tailgate before every home game for football and basketball. Swing by to high five Red the Cardinal and cheer on your team!
- Join a club
Catholic offers nearly 100 different clubs and organizations! They range from CUA Gaels (our Irish culture club) to SNA (Student Nurses’ Association). If you see that Catholic might not offer a club that you are interested, just grab a friend and a faculty member and start it up yourself. Definitely keep a look out for Fall Fiesta towards the beginning of first semester, where you can sign up for all of the clubs that you would like to potentially join and grab some tacos! Here, the guac isn’t extra. 😉
- Participate in service
Our Office of Campus Ministry offers service opportunities at least once every day of the week, and there are at least fifty opportunities every week! You can volunteer in the Veterans’ Home down the road, do a mission trip over a University break, help out in local soup kitchens, join in on a homeless food run–no matter what your schedule is you can find a project to participate in! Opportunities are endless, and be sure to keep in mind our two big service days that take place every year: Saint Teresa of Calcutta Day of Service and Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
Bonus–Get a job with your best friend!
If you were as lucky as we were this summer, you could meet your best friend while you’re working on campus! We hope that you guys are as excited as we are for move-in day and for this upcoming school year and that you’ll be able to fully experience all that Catholic has to offer through our bucket list.
–Graceann and Natali