A Bucket List for the Binghamton Class of 2022
Posted by Nicole El Chami on May 9, 2022
Everyone told me these would be the fastest four years of my life— they were right. As graduation approaches, I can’t believe how far I’ve come since moving into my dorm room in August 2018. I entered college as an economics major and remained on that path for two and a half years before realizing it wasn’t for me. We entered a pandemic, I changed my major, and grew increasingly grateful for the environment Binghamton brought me.
Returning to campus my junior year, I began to explore all Binghamton has to offer. Now that my time as an undergraduate student is coming to an end, I wanted to share my personal list of things you can’t miss before graduation. From restaurants and walking trails to beautiful parks, here is a bucket list of things to do before beginning your next chapter.
1. Salt Springs State Park
Although it isn’t in Binghamton, if you’re up for a 30-minute drive into Pennsylvania, Salt Springs State Park is a must-see. The beautiful walking trails and enormous fields of grass are accompanied by breathtaking waterfalls and shaded picnic grounds. It’s a great hiking spot for people of all skill levels with easier and more difficult routes along the trail. I took my dog to Salt Springs for a hike last week and when the more strenuous path was getting too difficult, we easily found a more relaxed route. Go at your own pace and take in nature’s beauty!
2. Blake (Nathaniel Cole Park)
On a nice day, pack yourself a picnic and head over to Nathaniel Cole Park, popularly referred to as the Blake: Binghamton’s beach-lake! I love going to the Blake to tan, have lunch with my friends, take photos and walk around with my dog. You can even rent kayaks and canoes to go out on the water between Memorial Day and Labor Day!
3. Nature Preserve
If you don’t have a car or are looking for something closer to home, head to our very own 190-acre Nature Preserve. With over 10 trails to choose from, there’s no end to what you can discover.
4. Binghamton Rumble Ponies
As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect opportunity to go see a Binghamton Rumble Ponies game at Mirabito Stadium! If you’re into baseball, the Rumble Ponies are the Double-A affiliate team of the New York Mets. Get a hotdog and a drink while enjoying the game with your friends. Tickets can be purchased at the gate or online!
5. Uncorked Creations
If you’re looking for a creative outlet, take a class at Uncorked Creations. There are so many ways you can let out your inner Picasso, whether you paint your own canvas, take an instructed class or work in their ceramic studio! They have a calendar of events online so you can choose one that best suits your interests.
6. P.S. Restaurant
In my four years at Binghamton, I can confidently say I’ve eaten almost everywhere. If you’re looking for amazing food in the downtown area, I recommend going to P.S. Restaurant. The chicken satay in Thai peanut sauce is an amazing appetizer and I always get the shrimp scampi– I wouldn’t recommend anything more. It is a little bit on the more expensive side, but in my experience, it’s always worth it.
7. Burger Mondays
On the topic of food, Burger Mondays is a restaurant I wish I discovered earlier. Not only do they have the best burger in Binghamton, but they offer it on Mondays for only $5! You have to sit at the bar or the bar’s side table to be offered this deal, but for a casual meal, it’s the perfect spot.
8. Binghamton University Art Museum (BUAM)
During my first year at Binghamton I took two classes in the Fine Arts building: Italian and Drawing I. I walked past the BUAM each morning, peering through the glass— curious as to what was inside but unsure if it was open to students. This semester, I covered the BUAM through my internship and learned much more about it! In January I viewed “The World After Us,” exhibit and was mesmerized by the use of sculpture to provoke thoughts on humanity’s media production, usage and waste. The museum’s current exhibition titled “Joy, Play and Resistance,” celebrates Puerto Rican culture through sculptures and photographs of El Barrio in the 60s and 70s! With so many rotating exhibits, BUAM is something you don’t want to miss.
Nicole El Chami is a senior majoring in English and she interns in the Office of Marketing and Communications at Binghamton University. She is excited to begin graduate school in the fall, where she will be working towards her career goal of becoming an English teacher. In her free time she loves painting and going on walks with her dog.
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