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25 Things to Do Before You’re 25

Your college experience flies by so fast that you’re often stuck standing in line for graduation wondering where the past four years went. You vaguely remember meeting your best friend when she held your hair back after your first frat party and you kinda remember that all-nighter you pulled to get 3 term papers done in one night. But the rest is a blur of theme parties, walks of shame, and begging your older sister for her fake ID.

Before you know it, you’re out in the real world, working a real job alongside real people, wondering what happened to no-class Friday and $3 pitchers. And trust me, it ain’t fun.

It gets pretty easy to get caught up in it all and forget to be young and crazy. That’s why, with only a little way’s to go until I hit the big 2-5, I’ve put together the ultimate list of everything we, as fun-loving and fearless women, need to accomplish before we turn 25.

1. Have a really good one-night stand with a gorgeous guy. Forget about your personalities matching up and forget about Facebooking him the next day. Appreciate the smoking hot naked body…and take some Plan B in the morning just in case, because if you did it right, you have no way of ever contacting him.

2. Do an illegal drug. Otherwise your kids will think you’re totally lame 30 years down the road when they’re all like “Mom, I bet you were so wild and fun back in the  ’10s” and you’ll have to respond “well, one time I drank beer before liquor.”

3. Live in another country (even if it’s just for a short period of time). You’ll get an entirely new perspective on our country, on the world, and on how far reaching American scandals go in other countries. Nothing like your Spanish host mom bringing up Monica Lewinsky years after the fact.

4. Travel on the cheap. Pick a destination and do it up, backpacking-style. Stay in hostels, eat unidentifiable food, and make sure to have anti-diarrhea medicine on hand. Once you’re over 25, your body will no longer be able to stomach staying in those places, eating that food, and experiencing food poisoning in front of a ton of foreign strangers.

5. Confront a fear. Doesn’t matter if it’s a fear of heights or a fear of spiders, figure out a way to face it head on just once.

6. Be brave and be bold and have sex with the lights on. He’ll find you even sexier, which will only boost your own self-confidence.

7. Splurge on an awesome pair of jeans that fit you really well. Bonus points if they also fit your completely different-sized best friends just as well and make magical things happen.

8. Apologize to someone you were mean to in middle school. Except for that one girl who didn’t need braces, everyone was feeling insecure and left out in those days. A quick Facebook message apology will brighten her day.

9. Make a real guy friend who is really just a friend. As in you don’t want to ever see him naked and he doesn’t ever want to see you naked. No points if you’re related.

10. Get a job working with food or working with clothes. You’ll never treat your waiters,  your bartenders, your salespeople the same way ever again. You’ll suddenly understand why they ask you to get off the phone when you’re ordering and why they request that you take your clothes out of the dressing room.

11. Figure out what kind of wine you actually like. There is life beyond Franzia and you’ll feel so mature and adult when you can tell a date that you prefer a dry Chardonnay over a sweeter Pinot. The best way to figure this out on the cheap? Go on a wine tour. You’ll sort things out real quick. Oh, and learn how to work a corkscrew. No wine is enhanced by chunks of cork floating around.

12. Take a roadtrip with your friends. The destination doesn’t matter. As Miley Cyrus once “sang,” it’s all about the climb. Nothing brings friends closer than endless games of “Count the Cracker Barrels,” hours upon hours of deep conversations (out come the family secrets!), and Disney sing-a-longs.

13. Try an exotic food you can’t pronounce.

14. Go to a college football game and go all out. Paint your face, lose your voice from cheering, and tailgate like a rockstar.

15. See a Broadway show. Even the most cynical people leave a show happy.

16. Go 24 hours media-free. That means turn off your cell phone and shut down your computer. With the exception of getting tagged in heinous photos that you can’t de-tag right away, you won’t miss anything.

17. Skinny dip.

18. Give back to the community. Whether it’s building houses for Habitat for Humanity, participating in a campus Relay for Life, or standing for days on end for a Dance Marathon, you’ll have an awesome time and feel really, really good about yourself. After a 12 hour nap, of course.

19. Learn to do your own taxes and how to manage your own money. It will make that transition into real life so. much. easier.

20. Take your parents out to a nice dinner. Because they deserve it.

21. Start a blog about your life and update it regularly. Sure it seems self-centered now, but you’ll be grateful ten years from now when you can reflect on your life when you were really living it up.

22. Go to a Pride Parade. There is nothing on earth as fun, happy and memorable than a parade dedicated to gay pride.

23. Go to Vegas and let go. Party hard, then party harder. Then hit up an all-you-can-eat buffet to sober up…so you can party again.

24. Learn to drive a manual car. They’re cheaper and, really, it’s just a cool party trick. Plus, from what we hear, it’s a major turn-on for guys.

25. Donate blood. If you think donating is scary, imagine being the person who needs it during a blood shortage. And if that’s not enough, there are cookies.

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    1. A says:

      most of these are pretty good, I'm at about 7/25. 6 more years to get it done!

    2. C says:

      I think it's a little inappropriate that the first things you encourage are one-night stands and illegal drugs.

    3. Sarah says:

      Not a bad list, but when you talk about being able to drive a car as a party trick I REALLY hope drinking's not involved.

    4. CR says:

      13/25 so far!!

    5. J says:

      Overall not too bad, but I agree that having illegal drugs and one night stands at the top is kind of tacky. I don't think either thing should be done "just because". Maybe a decent substitute could be trying a shot or drink that sounds really weird/crazy, or making the first move on an attractive guy you've never met?

    6. MsDani says:

      9/25 and I'm only 18. But really? One night stands and illegal drugs? I'll be proud to tell my kids that I had a blast before 25 without all that.

      DB

    7. Alison says:

      hahah I like 24

    8. Lenna says:

      #2 is stupid. Just saying. Why do people have to do illegal dangerous things to be cool anyway? That's just kind of stupid.

      Everything else is cool. I'll get around to some of that stuff. :p

    9. Umyeah says:

      Have all the one night stands you want, but wear a flippin’ condom and you won’t need to pump yourself full of Plan B. It’s stupid recommendations like that that take away credence from young, sexually-adventurous women (“Hurr hurr, just take a pill and wash away the lack of safety!”)

    10. LA says:

      Good list! I got 18/25, I’m pleasantly surprised. But I guess I should learn how to do my taxes within the next five years.

    11. Wilberthe says:

      I have absolutely no intention of ever doing the first 2, but I've done 25 3 times already. Everything else on the list definitely sounds worth doing, especially 16, 12, 7, 4, and 3.

    12. Catie says:

      6) How is having sex with the lights off "brave" or "bold"?

      10) Why should a woman in her 20s need to work in retail or food service in order to be kind to others? Are we all crappy people who treat salespeople and waiters like dirt? They're people. Why aren't you already treating them as such if you're over that mildly bitchy pubescent phase?

      15) Cynical people can be happy. Cynical and unhappy are not synonyms.

      I like the rest

      A lot of the rest are really good suggestions, though! Especially being able to drive a manual car, the taxes, and having a pair of perfect jeans. :)

    13. Samantha says:

      Love most of the list, but yeah… having Anon-sex and drugs at the top…kiiiindddaa tacky lol

    14. Matt says:

      There are definitely some must-do things on this list, however I do have a few issues…

      #1. Are you implying that the essence of being young and wild is primarily captured during completely meaningless, seemingly unprotected sex, whereby you don't even catch the persons name? If so, wow, life is so fulfilling.

      #2. I have experimented with one or two illegal drugs out there and certainly do feel the more worldly for it. And if you've ever been heavily drunk you've already learned the feeling of being at the mercy of a drug. But I believe that taking the drugs isn't key here, its simply opening your mind up to the fact that not all drugs are nasty, criminal things but in many cases far safer and less impacting than society's beloved alcohol.

      #9. So, as a guy, am I to find it completely impossible for a girl under 25 to want just friendship with me, only the need to see me naked? This paints a rather shallow image of young women.

      #22. Although Im not disputing the Gay Pride Parade is a brilliant event, there are literally hundreds of similar festivals, parades etc that are equally worthy of being on this list.

      #24. I appreciate that the majority of American drivers use an automatic transmission, unlike the British (such as myself), however to state that 'really, its just a cool party trick' is ABSOLUTELY GOBSMACKING. You have no idea what can be done in a vehicle until you've driven manual, I wonder how many rally drivers use an automatic transmission?

      Otherwise some worthy points!

    15. Jamie says:

      13/24.
      some of the things on this list aren’t for everybody. and if they’re not. i’m sorry. but like she said. you dont want to be old and boring looking back and asking your self what if? all the time.
      i want to look back and be like damn. what a rush!

    16. Michelle says:

      I think it's sending a terrible message to have doing an illegal drug on this list at all. It sort of spoils this entire website for me, actually, and I've been enjoying it every day for a year.

    17. Michelle says:

      Okay, so what I wrote above is quite harsh, but to expand upon it: Young people get enough pressure from their peers to ingest illegal substances. It is not something that should be encouraged, especially since I don't think that this post is referring to less-intense substances (such as pot). Illegal drugs are illegal for a reason – they lead people to do stupid, dangerous things, form addictions and get hurt. Not every time, of course, but it's still disappointing that a website that has so much good in it is degrading itself to encouraging illegal and dangerous crimes.

    18. Ali says:

      Wow this is list is dumb, as is a lot of stuff CC has been churning out recently… Please bring back the thoughtful stuff and stop assuming we're all party girls who want to get laid.

    19. Sally says:

      I am 25, and I have done all of these except an illegal drug. Clearly I have wasted my youth.

    20. Han says:

      I like the list. Coincidentally, i'm 21 and ive done 21/35. YES.

      Dude, whoever is booing the illegal drug or one-night stand, c'mon. Do you go to normal college? LIVE IT UP!

    21. Han says:

      i mean 21/25

    22. Vicky says:

      Cool list, except number 2. I think doing something so your kids will think you were hardcore is the stupidest idea ever. Do it or don't it, your choice. But do it and the rest of these things for yourself only.

    23. good god says:

      20 years old; 12/25

      everyone needs to calm down. i'm glad CC is going back to the way it used to be & not being so hardcore about being PC & trying to please the massive amount of conservative boring people that have been trying to change every media outlet. we're in college. we're supposed to live it up & party & make stupid mistakes. what's the point in complaining about someone's views if they don't support your anti-fun lifestyle? to make yourself feel better than everyone else?

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    25. JenJen says:

      Y'all need to chill out about the drugs and sex thing. She did say take Plan B JUST IN CASE, so you'll never have to contact him again. Nobody likes the whole, "Gee Billy, I sure liked our fun night, but turns out you're gonna be a daddy!" thing.

      And since when does "illegal drug" imply only the hardcore like coke? Last I checked, weed is still illegal in North America.

    26. elleswim says:

      I'm slightly in love with your list. I'm sitting at about 8 1/2 out of 25. 1/2 because my only 1 night stand wasn't that great…I'm not going to lie.

    27. J says:

      I think the main problem these commenters are having with the suggestions to go have a one night stand or try illegal drugs is that the author is implying you haven't really lived until you've done these things.

      If you really are curious about trying something illegal, or have already reached the mindset that this time in life is to shop around when it comes to sex and guys, then that is perfectly OK. But, if you just aren't interested in doing drugs (whatever ones) or having no strings attached sex, that doesn't make you boring or mean you haven't enjoyed your youth.

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    34. margiesque says:

      11/25 and I'm 19 – and I agree on the drugs and the sex. Maybe I'll change, but I can't imagine it. But maybe I'm just the way I am because I'm terrified of being seeing naked by anyone I'm interested in, much less a stranger.

    35. Melissa says:

      Okay I am 19 and I have done all of these. I guess I a bad person because I have done a drug or had a one night stand. But when I did pot it was in Amsterdam so it wasn't illegal. I have fun and I don't care what anybody has to say. I love this list and everybody should try the ones they believe in.

    36. skinnybetch says:

      Great list! I'm 20 and I got 17/25. I highly recommend #1 & #2. Live it up now because once you get older you can't get away with this stuff anymore.

    37. Lala says:

      Promoting the use of illegal drugs is honestly, quite a horrible idea. I mean come on. That's just being reckless and putting yourself in unnecessary danger. That's one way to wreck your life before you're 25.

    38. Jenny says:

      love this!

    39. Star says:

      If I get caught and go to jail for an illegal drug, I'm suing College Candy.

    40. keke says:

      Okay at first i really liked this site…but now i dont know…CC is making it seem like all college girls have no morals…which is definitely not true… i mean do an illegal drug..that is pretty tacky.

    41. Melissa C says:

      3. Get HIV from the one night stand

      Seriously, during a time when HIV and STDs are extremely prevalent, encouraging young women to do drugs and have sex with random guys is really short sighted. Its almost as if this article was written by high school girls sharing their views on what they think college is like.

      1. thetalkingspoon says:

        Having a one night stand does not equate to getting an STD.I think this is a moralistic comment and a slippery slope argument that judges women and men who decide to do these things. I understand you may not agree which is fine, but it's not always the case. There is also an implication that people can't get STD's from husbands or partners they have been monogamous with which is false. There are plenty of people who have gotten STD's in long term, committed relationships. That is why there are sooo many stigmas attached to those with STD's without even knowing their history, because people like to assume that they did something wreckless to deserve it. Victim blame, much? Also, you can wear condoms which significantly reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Again, you have a right to disagree, and I'm not saying that young girls should do these things, but STD's are not always the result of sexual carelessness or even sexual caution.

      2. AZP says:

        Your joking right, i know everyone has AIDS, everyone is infected with and STI. Yes STI not STD. Just because your afraid of experiencing life, does not mean you have to scare everyone else. So why dont you go and live, this list has only a few things on my own list, yet it isnt yours. So stop judging people for expressing what they found to allow them to have a good life.

        Ive done 15 things on this list. I would suggest going somewhere so silent and still that the silence is deafening, nothing like it.

    42. G says:

      I love when people get on their soapbox about sex, drugs and morals.

    43. katie says:

      it doesn't say unprotected sex for #1…it just says one night stand. use a condom and take plan b to be safe. the author never said "get out there and have unprotected sex kids!" this is just a list that was created for fun. do what you want to do and don't do what you don't want to do. sheesh people, it's a blog!

    44. Lauren says:

      why do I get the feeling that College Candy is written by idiots? lol

    45. Megan says:

      lol @Lauren

      I did have a good laugh about this list w/ my bf tho!

    46. Megan says:

      I like the idea of college candy, i just think its executed poorly.*shrugs* I'm sure there are better more intelligent (ironic bc its "college") sites out there…

    47. Maddie says:

      haha college ≠ smart

    48. Britt says:

      how about everyone stop whining and just dont do it if you dont wanna. if you really feel that strongly about what someone is writing on THEIR WEBSITE, make your own list. jeeze.

    49. NoBarbieDoll says:

      @ Maddie… thanks! :D Your comment is dead on.

      On that note, I would like to say that this website is singlehandedly making me lose all faith in this generation. THIS is what the supposed “educated young women” are doing??

      #1 One night stand with random guy… screams to me “OH LOOK AT ME PUSHING THE LIMITS IMMA EDGY COLLEGE CHICK CUZ I CAN HAVE ANONYMOUS SEX WITH A BRO” Nevermind the fact that there is practically a 99% chance that the sex you have with that stupid college turd is going to be BAD. Trust me, okay? I’ve never had a one-night stand, but come on man. You won’t get off.

      #2 Do an illegal drug. Yeah, there is curiosity about them, but not enough to screw with my body chemistry and take that risk. But dang it, what if a high-school age girl is looking around to see what college girls are up to and finds this??

      #3 Living in another country at least once. Yes! I will have to do that :)

      #4 Eating cheap foreign food to get the runs? I’ll pass :D

      #5 Confronting a fear? Hey yeah, now you silly little college fairies are starting to make sense…

      #6 Sex with the lights on…? Wait. Wat. WAT. WHUT. Uhm, I have been having sex in full-on light ever since I lost my virginity. Be brave. Let him see your vagina! I know, shocking huh?! You also have an anus! Too much for him to handle, I know. GASP.

      #7 Good jeans= I agree! They go with anything and if they fit right make you feel great!

      #8 Apologize to someone you were mean to in middle school… uh, I was a peaceable lil SpongeBob-lovin’ gurl. No one was my victim. :)

      #9. Guy friend who is just a friend? Got ’em! Got a few good ones, actually. :D I don’t throw myself at anyone and only have relationships that I think are worthwhile.

      #10 Get a job working with food or clothes? Been there, done that, at least with the food. It’s hard, trust me. But have a good outlook and it helps.

      #11 Find a wine you like: Okay.

      #12 Roadtrip with friends? YES. OKAY. ALL FOR IT.

      #13 Exotic food? Cool.

      #14 College football? Well, there may be too many college Bros and Fairies there, and they tend to depress me… eh I’d rather be in parking lot blasting Journey from my 1971 Pinto

      #15 Broadway show? Okay.

      #16 24 hours media free? I probably need it! So yes. I’ll spend time with my friends.

      #17 Skinny dip? Eh not so much. With whom? I mean, I sort of, you know, have modesty n’ stuff. It’s a rare trait with you little fluffy college creatures, I know.

      #18 Give back to the community? Heck yes! :D

      #19 Do taxes and manage money? It can be tedious, but it needs to be done. :) Agree.

      #20 Take parents out to a nice dinner: HECK YEAH. They definitely deserve it. Cannot wait to be able to do that.

      #21 Blog? I sorta do that now. I agree– it is so interesting to read your thoughts from a different point in your life.

      #22 Pride parade? Not really for me, but whatever.

      #23 Vegas? Mmkay. But no sleeping around, you needy lil’ bunnies.

      #24 Learn to drive a manual car? I am actually. Guys think they’re hot? WHO THE F*** CARES. YOU DESPERATE COLLEGE GIRLS WILL TRY AND DO EVERYTHING THAT GUYS THINK IS “HOT.” “Ooh let me choke the chicken to you driving your stick shift.” FAIL. I’ll drive my 70s Volkswagen Beetle ‘cuz I want to, bro. Brobrobrobro

      #25 Donate blood? ‘Kay.

      Once again, you have proved to me that you college girls are just floating around campus by your heads full of hot air. Have fun hooking up with the college bro that doesn’t even attempt to get you off :D

    50. TheBitch says:

      I would like to say that this website is singlehandedly making me lose all faith in this generation. THIS is what the supposed “educated young women” are doing??

      #1 One night stand with random guy… screams to me “OH LOOK AT ME PUSHING THE LIMITS IMMA EDGY COLLEGE CHICK CUZ I CAN HAVE ANONYMOUS SEX WITH A BRO” Nevermind the fact that there is practically a 99% chance that the sex you have with that stupid college turd is going to be BAD. Trust me, okay? I’ve never had a one-night stand, but come on man. You won’t get off.

      #2 Do an illegal drug. Yeah, there is curiosity about them, but not enough to screw with my body chemistry and take that risk. But dang it, what if a high-school age girl is looking around to see what college girls are up to and finds this??

      #3 Living in another country at least once. Yes! I will have to do that :)

      #4 Eating cheap foreign food to get the runs? I’ll pass :D

      #5 Confronting a fear? Hey yeah, now you silly little college fairies are starting to make sense…

      #6 Sex with the lights on…? Wait. Wat. WAT. WHUT. Uhm, I have been having sex in full-on light ever since I lost my virginity. Be brave. Let him see your vagina! I know, shocking huh?! You also have an anus! Too much for him to handle, I know. GASP.

      #7 Good jeans= I agree! They go with anything and if they fit right make you feel great!

      #8 Apologize to someone you were mean to in middle school… uh, I was a peaceable lil SpongeBob-lovin’ gurl. No one was my victim. :)

      #9. Guy friend who is just a friend? Got ’em! Got a few good ones, actually. :D I don’t throw myself at anyone and only have relationships that I think are worthwhile.

      #10 Get a job working with food or clothes? Been there, done that, at least with the food. It’s hard, trust me. But have a good outlook and it helps.

      #11 Find a wine you like: Okay.

      #12 Roadtrip with friends? YES. OKAY. ALL FOR IT.

      #13 Exotic food? Cool.

      #14 College football? Well, there may be too many college Bros and Fairies there, and they tend to depress me… eh I’d rather be in parking lot blasting Journey from my 1971 Pinto

      #15 Broadway show? Okay.

      #16 24 hours media free? I probably need it! So yes. I’ll spend time with my friends.

      #17 Skinny dip? Eh not so much. With whom? I mean, I sort of, you know, have modesty n’ stuff. It’s a rare trait with you little fluffy college creatures, I know.

      #18 Give back to the community? Heck yes! :D

      #19 Do taxes and manage money? It can be tedious, but it needs to be done. :) Agree.

      #20 Take parents out to a nice dinner: HECK YEAH. They definitely deserve it. Cannot wait to be able to do that.

      #21 Blog? I sorta do that now. I agree– it is so interesting to read your thoughts from a different point in your life.

      #22 Pride parade? Not really for me, but whatever.

      #23 Vegas? Mmkay. But no sleeping around, you needy lil’ bunnies.

      #24 Learn to drive a manual car? I am actually. Guys think they’re hot? WHO THE F*** CARES. YOU DESPERATE COLLEGE GIRLS WILL TRY AND DO EVERYTHING THAT GUYS THINK IS “HOT.” “Ooh let me choke the chicken to you driving your stick shift.” FAIL. I’ll drive my 70s Volkswagen Beetle ‘cuz I want to, bro. Brobrobrobro

      #25 Donate blood? ‘Kay.

      Once again, you have proved to me that you college girls are just floating around campus by your heads full of hot air. Have fun hooking up with the college bro that doesn’t even attempt to get you off :D

      1. laura says:

        get over yourself…you cant judge people and ask them to 'trust' you on your vast knowledge of one night stands when you've never had one yourself…ive been having one nighters since i was 16 and not really any regrets there aswell as the drug thing – woo big deal…im a straight A student with a scholarship to Yale, who's had a happy and fulfilling youth and actually done EVERYTHING on this list already and im 18. you sound exactly like our typical boring, boffin, rejected girl….its reallllyyyy obvious from your desperate attempts to ridicule college girls that you have resentment for the prettier girls…who had more fun.

      2. your annoying says:

        Holy fuck you are annoying, no one wants your opinion on every single item on this list!

    51. Raquel says:

      19/25 and I still have 5 years to go. Yay me!

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    53. Lee says:

      Okay, everybody chill the fuck out. It is just a list, and no one is expected to do everything, so if you don't believe in illegal drugs, don't try them. But honestly, trying weed once (or twice – if you want any effect!) will not kill you, or even mildly hurt you. It doesn't invalidate the list as a whole (or the writer, or the website… way to make a small point condemn years of articles – and I'm saying this as someone who has a lot of problems with collegecandy).

      The only thing I thought was stupid was the apologizing thing. It is worthless at this point. If people who were mean to me in middle school messaged me to apologize, I'd tell them what I didn't have the courage to say in middle school – fuck you, you were an evil hag and you are not forgiven. Go to hell.

    54. Lee says:

      As a clarification – I am not as bitter as the last part of my post made me seem.

      What really got me going was the tone of the author's suggestion – you'll "brighten the day" of some girl you made fun of, by messaging her? Really? How self-absorbed. "Once I deign to speak to her nicely, her self worth will skyrocket!" The author seems to believe that the girl was crying all these years, hanging on for some nod of approval from her past tormentor. Most likely the girl has moved on and something like that would only dredge up unpleasant memories. She probably would never like to hear from the author again. Plus the move seems to be only for the authors own self-gratification and "look at me aren't I noble?" sentiments.

    55. Maddie says:

      The problem is College Candy is a blog that walks like magazine. You shouldn't say that you give advice to college aged women when it's bad advice.

    56. Emily says:

      I think the point of the list is that why you are in college or your early twenties you have very little to lose. So why we have this awesome time of freedom and very little responsibility we can do things like spend the night with someone you'll never see again, not necessarily a one night stand, but it is freeing to get to know someone you won't see again. Or being a little reckless and smoking weed while your in amsterdam. You only get to have this sort of freedom once in your life and these are some suggestions of how you can live it up. So lets all get the sticks out of our asses and have a little fun.

    57. Sherry says:

      #2

      While I understand you might want to experience an illegal drug, I think it's insane that you would teach it to your children. If I ever had a kid doing illegal drugs, they sure as hell would not have learned it from me.

      I think it's fine if you were in Amsterdam or somewhere and did it LEGALLY, but that's about it.

      I'd rather be a good mom than a fun one.

    58. Matt says:

      24 is true.

      -guy who drives stick

    59. jen says:

      god, calm down about the sex and drugs. if it's not your thing, don't do it. but how is saying a one-time one night stand could be fun is giving all college girls a bad name? same thing with the illegal drugs. if you think it's wrong, if you think it's dangerous, don't do it. but really, i don't think anyone who has smoked pot is an immoral, uneducated idiot.

    60. Kaili says:

      One night stands and casual sex are terrible. Making love to someone you want to be with and can’t imagine your life without is unparalleled.

    61. B says:

      I think it's hilarious that people would be worried about our generation, when the baby boomers, who are now the leaders, CEO's etc. were in college during the sexual revolution, and GASP used some illegal substances.

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    64. steph says:

      all those bitching about #2…smoke a little bit of weed once or twice in your life. don't bash unless you've tried it. have a little thrill once in a while. also, smoking pot once or twice in college (or many more times, even) will not make you a bad parent. you can have a little fun now and still be a good parent! you people are so silly.

    65. Lauren says:

      "TheBitch" sounds like a bitter loser who was left out in high school..get off your soapbox lady. If this post bothers you so much then don't read it.

    66. Danielle says:

      1. Have a really good one-night stand. [x]

      2. Do an illegal drug. [x]

      3. Live in another country. [x]

      4. Travel on the cheap. [x]

      5. Confront a fear. [x]

      6. Be brave and be bold and have sex with the lights on. [x]

      7. Splurge on an awesome pair of jeans that fit you really well. [x]

      8. Apologize to someone you were mean to in middle school. [I don't think i was mean to anyone in middle school…. so I guess thats a x]

      9. Make a real guy friend who is really just a friend. [x]

      10. Get a job working with food or working with clothes. [x]

      11. Figure out what kind of wine you actually like. [x]

      12. Take a roadtrip with your friends. [x]

      13. Try an exotic food you can’t pronounce. [x]

      14. Go to a college football game and go all out. []

      15. See a Broadway show. [x]

      16. Go 24 hours media-free. [x]

      17. Skinny dip. [x]

      18. Give back to the community. [x]

      19. Learn to do your own taxes and how to manage your own money. []

      20. Take your parents out to a nice dinner. [x]

      21. Start a blog about your life and update it regularly. []

      22. Go to a Pride Parade. []

      23. Go to Vegas and let go. []

      24. Learn to drive a manual car. [x]

      25. Donate blood. [x]

      5/25 isn't bad…. I'm only 20 so I have some time to get those done lol

    67. TheBitch says:

      I'm not a bitter loser, Lauren… I just think that there's more to life then what you've smoked or how many random, pointless hookups you had in college. That's all I see on this site, too… "How To Have Sex With Some Guy You Met An Hour Ago!" "Spit Or Swallow?"

      It's just… OH LORD. D: I hope this isn't all you guys think about… get some substance, why don't you?

    68. Dr. West says:

      lol, this list was funny. I especially like the have one night stand and possibly contract an STD like HIV, followed up later with donating blood. That's a swell idea.

    69. guy man says:

      You can combine 1, 2 and 15. Get hopped up on coke, bang a guy and get pregnant. Forget the plan B pill. Abort the pregnancy and take your aborted fetus to the Broadway play. Then you will be truly super awesome like to the genius staff at CC. F'n morons!

    70. TheBitch says:

      @ guy man: Your comment. Is amazing. I bow to you, my friend. :D

    71. Margaritak says:

      Really, do we need another list telling us what we should be doing? And why do these lists all include hot sex with an anonymous stranger or strangers? Can it really be true that people under the age of 30 don’t have an appreciable fear of STDs?

      I know AIDS is not the killer it was 15 or 20 years ago but living with an incurable, highly transmittable STD for life: HIV, herpes, genital warts is still not a picnic. The hot sex with the foreign exchange student will not seem so hot or fun or necessary at 30 or 35, especially if it left you with a lingering reminder that requires daily medication, a long and awkward conversation with all sexual partners (if any are willing) and/or the possibility of high risk pregnancies, if you can get pregnant at all.

      Plan B is pregnancy prevention, not a “get-out-of-jail-free” card for stupid, irresponsible sexual behavior. Be smart and brave, use condoms each and every time you have sex and don’t sleep with strangers because you think it will make a fun story in 20 years. In 20 years, it will probably be more regrettable than cool to have slept around with random, anonymous strangers.

    72. In High School says:

      you guys are lame

    73. G says:

      Pretty OK list. Too bad many people under 25 (and some over) can't afford to do nearly half the things on here: backpacking, road trip, live in a foreign country, expensive jeans, drugs, foods – who has the money for that? …Can you tell me where I can get some?

    74. Katlyn says:

      This list made me laugh. I am married so sorry I am not having a one night stand (yes im a married college student, im 21). Random sex just isnt safe, condoms dont always prevent STDs and what if it breaks? yea plan B will help the baby situation but not the STD! Illegal drugs… yup I really want to take a risk to lose my scholarship for a one time fun fling with something that could kill me, hurt me or hurt someone else.

      AT LEAST donate blood before you have a one night stand so you can actually donate it, just incase you

    75. Joe says:

      Great people need to do these things,

      in life we need to have some moments that have to be chearished.

    76. SavannaLizabeth says:

      13/25

      and i'm only 16, guess i'm doing pretty good :)

    77. Samantha says:

      To everyone that is going insane about this author mentioning illegal drugs, calm down and think about the statistics.

      How many people have died from alcohol poisoning? How many people get a hangover the next day after getting drunk? How many people go out and do crazy things while they're drunk?

      Now a comparison – How many people have died from being high on marijuana? How many people have any sort of sickness after being high on marijuana? How many people do anything other than just sit on a couch while they're high on marijuana?

      Marijuana is given to cancer patients and eating disorder patients to restore their appetite. It's helping thousands around the world, yet you think it's so terrible.

      Fun fact: I've never had alcohol and I'll be 21 by the end of the month. I have no desire to drink alcohol. I used to smoke marijuana several times a day while I was in high school and only stopped because it was costing too much money.

      Of course cocaine and heroin are awful things to do, and this new meth nonsense. If you're going to do something illegal, try some marijuana.

      Marijuana is not a danger to your children, to yourself, or to anyone. Alcohol is physically a POISON that you are putting in your body. Marijuana is a plant. A plant that God put on earth…. why not smoke it?

      1. laura says:

        you idiot. marijuana causes severe mental illness. my dad committed suicide when i was 8 after taking marijuana. it turns people into wasters and makes people feel more inclined to experiment with heavier drugs. im 18 and starting smoking it couple of years back…i took coke and other crap whilst under the influence of marijuana whilst my judgement was impaired…not saying i really regret it but just telling you you're really wrong and stupid in this area, its so typical you feel obliged to judge people on cocaine and heroin – calling them awful compared to marijuana, and then alcohol is a POISON haha – cocaine comes from the cocoa bean – is that not a plant!? god forbid American's take biochemistry. this just exudes bloody American ignorance. do us a favour and stay outta england.

      2. poop says:

        Put some thought into your words before you speak them and call others ignorant and stupid. I highly doubt your father committed suicide as a result of using marijuana, and I guarantee you alcohol makes people more inclined to commit sucide than marijuana. And yes, alcohol is in fact a poison for our bodies. You're the ignorant one to categorize Americans as ignorant

      3. Tania says:

        Uhm cocaine doesn´t come from cocoa beans from the cacao tree, thats chocolate. Cocaine comes from coca plant. Also marijuana doesn´t cause mental illness, if any it may make you a bit more distracted and forgetful. If you did coke it was because you were manipulable enough to try it, not because of marijuana. And finally, marijuana relaxes you, alcohol is a depressor, it´s more likely someone would hurt oneself and other under the influence of alcohol than marijuana.

      4. Chris says:

        I'll give you that Marijuana is safer than probably every recreational drug in the world, legal or illegal and proven to be better than a lot of prescription drugs but here's a fun fact:

        They didn't say "Marijuana" at all in this list; not once was it mentioned. Not even did it say "an illegal drug" It says "illegal drugs" go look at the faces of meth website and tell me that's an appropriate thing to say.

        Plus the reasoning behind it "Your kids will think you're totally lame" makes me want to kick somebodu in the vajeen. First of all who the fuck cares, you don't raise kids to have some people to think you're cool for smoking pot and doing smack, you're supposed to be raising responsible, productive, well-rounded adults without substance issues.

        Second, they're your kids, they literally think what you've raised them to think and no matter what they'll think you're lame sometimes. You're SUPPOSED to teach them that drugs are poison and they don't need to chemically alter themselves to have a fun/awe inspiring life experience. And that all they need is unstifled creativity, a fearless attitude toward life, and to know they have complete control over their own minds.

        They may or may not experiment later on but at least they'll have the right idea in their head and return to that instead of "You know, when Mommy was 24, she fucked a total stranger and hit a crack pipe while she was pregnant with you, isn't that cool?" Besides, a LOT of things God put on earth will fucking kill you. example: Australia

        I hope to never accidentally impregnate either of you.

      5. Karissa says:

        Actually, Marijuana IS a DANGER to your children.
        – It has a relationship to low birth weight and prematurity in babies
        – prenatal marijuana is linked to sleep, attention, and memory difficulties in childhood
        – it is also linked to problem-solving performance in adolescence

    78. Joshua Cho says:

      I don't agree with the first 2 things..

    79. […] way for us lit majors to actually make good use of our degrees. A while ago I read this list of 25 things to do before you’re 25, and most of them were exceptionally stupid, but volunteering is one that people our age […]

    80. astrology compatibil says:

      Except the first one, I think all are pretty kool.. I have done likke 80% of them.. I hate the first one cozm it just sucks to have sex without love..

    81. BettySue says:

      You have to be a filthy, degenerate whore to have written this.

    82. jellyjam says:

      i count my list as 22 becuz a few things im not that interested in doing but so far 5/22 and 9 years to go

      i not sure though if this counts i didnt count it but there is this one girl in middle school i was mean to and i never really said sorry, but now we're cool. ahaha if so 6/22 wooh

    83. Jo Mama says:

      My girlfriend says youre effin we Todd did.

    84. […] as a “N Things I Should Do Before I Turn 25″ (where N>=10) just like the one in college candy minus the one-night stands and the illegal drugs. But since I’m just few days away from […]

    85. Andy says:

      It is disgraceful that you encourage numbers 1 and 2, you really should be ashamed. Terrible list, you are clearly an idiot.

    86. […] 25 things to do before you’re 25 … you can do them after, I guess, but it won’t be as easy when you’re wearing depends […]

    87. Thomas Sullivan Magn says:

      this is such a terrible list, you sound like you were probably a loser in college.

    88. CSDFJ says:

      lol @ all the negative comments. No one's saying you have to participate, if you dont like the ideas, well then dont fucking do them, no need to start throwing around phrases like "filthy, degenerate whore". Really, its not that difficult to comprehend.

      1. Morgan says:

        This is such a good list! Don't give in into all of the negativity people are saying on here. They are obviously just internet bullys! All BARK, NO BITE! I'm glad someone knows how to have fun around here, GEEZ! GIMME A BREAK.

      2. MeMyself&I says:

        Well, honestly, if the writer of this article thinks that their kids will be impressed with their illegal drug activity, then they're gonna get a kick out of the STD they caught having sex with a random stranger… oh sorry.. i mean having sex with a random stranger WITH THE LIGHTS ON….. Ohhhhoohhhh special…. i mean wtf? this list is horrible, degrading and supporting a negative attitude that the media has so kindly created. It makes me sick. no one has to participate, but no need to give them the idea! Besides, at 25 you should only just be starting to have sex, if that. Not sleeping around with crazy wack jobs.. God I feel bad for you… you must be a 40 year old man with no life to think taht this list isn't a joke. ok thats all. byee

      3. desigdrinkingbud says:

        Thank you :)

    89. Ally says:

      Yay number 1!! Seriously, those of you who are hating on this, don't knock it if you haven't tried it. Or seriously, just mind your own business. The best sex I've ever had was with a complete stranger (beautiful I might add) and it was so good I can't even imagine regretting it later. :)

    90. Dani says:

      My roomate followed your list and got an STD on her first ever one night stand. :) Thanks for ruining lives.

    91. […] a repost from College Candy. After all, I only have few months left before I turn 25. Read away (trust me, it’ll be […]

    92. gregoryb says:

      Wow. I can't believe you're 25. You sound like a teenager. You're the product of a sheltered life, and you probably still live off your parent's money. Sad. You can do these things at any age you know. You remind me of the people who list "10 books to read before you graduate" like books stop becoming readable. Wow.

    93. Matt says:

      You all need to calm the fuk down. This whole 1 night stand thing is not a big deal. You need to get the pole out of your arse. It also doesn’t say that you wouldn’t use a condom. It says about taking Plan B ‘just in case’. So surely all it’s doing is implying to take extra precautions. And this whole illegal drug thing. Yes coke and meth and what not are illegal drugs, but like what others have been saying weed is an illegal drug. It’s not telling to get get hooked on a drug, just try any once. Because 1 joint won’t fuck you up, and weed isn’t physically addictive, I joint won’t cause mental health problems. Maybe you all wouldn’t be so uptight if you went to bun a zoot.

    94. Chris says:

      Is it weird that this list makes me want to punch you in the face? Almost, everything on this here is either unbearably boring or unbearably stupid with a little bit of overlap.

      Don't think you're adventurous and fun just because you do some self-destructive shit you see in movies and porns. Take a long-ass road trip, create street art, permanently stop being crippled by fear just because you think its feminine, explore abandoned buildings, stop using sex to shape your identity as a woman, do something fucking imaginitive! At least flip number 1 and number 25 because you can't donate blood AFTER you get AIDS.

      Also who the fuck doesn't donate blood and has sex with the lights off? Who the fuck is MAJORLY turned on by a chick who cand drive stick shift? "Oooh girl, you can use three pedals? You know what that does to me, baby?"

    95. Tiffanny says:

      I love this! Thanks for the inspiration!

    96. kinky says:

      wht the FUK is wrong wit somepple…..?????

      Nobody put a gun on your head 2 do this things it’s just a suggestion!!!!

      If u’ve got ‘BETTER MATURE IDAES’,make u’r own blog……If u’re above 25 (u’re too old……so shut the fuk up i’ts nt meant 4 you…..)If have kids,this isn’t u’rs it’s 4 u’r kids whn thy grow up so go visit Mummies/Daddies site..:…..

    97. Jax says:

      71. Find somebody who did the whole list ! and ask him about his feeling !

      1. Awsome101 says:

        71?

    98. knd says:

      who cares the outcome, you live once, and that all that matters these things might not be on your list but consider them or you may regret it

    99. basilisk says:

      this is a really dumb list made by a very hideous mind….and my advice to u is 'go try urself'…

    100. […] post on 25 things do to before you are 25. This does sound like one of those common posts that people write for fun, and read for fun! I read […]

    101. #3 and #4 can be taken care of with STUDY ABROAD! Best thing I did before I was 25!! And for #21 I would check out http://studentsgoneglobal.com which is a blogging platform just for student travelers. Leaving the country and experiencing new things can do wonders.

    102. Awsome101 says:

      THIS IS USELESS GET OUT AND GO ON WITH YOUR LIVES PEOPLE!

    103. goas says:

      Comments in a nutshell: YOU HAS DIFFRENT OPPOINION THAN ME ON WUT I DO B4 25!!!!!!!!!!
      YOU ARE IDIOT!!!!!!!

      instead of bashing this person for writing this list, howbout some constructive critisism, or better yet, make your own list

      and anyone who thinks that this list is encouraging people to do bad stuff. ANYONE who goes out and does something their told without thinking about it first themselves is a tool.You can't blame the author for something somebody else does. That's rediculous. Blame the somebody else.

      Also the somebody else is their own person. By bashing this list because it may make people do something on the list. Your not even giving the them the dignity of being able to make his/her own decision.

      If you don't agree with the list, don't do it, but don't bash the list cause you think somebody else might.

    104. Phumi says:

      I like all your idea its cool,25 things to do before you turn 25 ooh i like it,and im 23yrs

    105. […] get me wrong…I am ready to have fun. I want get a head start on the “before 25″ bucket list and live to write the blog post. I want to leave the East Coast for a few months and be an urban […]

    106. ANNA says:

      CANT BELIVE THIS THIS AUTHER IS SO NOT SERIOUS ABOUT ALL THIS STUFF HE WROTE, YOUNG ADULTS WILL THEN THINK THERES SOMETHING WRONG WITH THEM IF THEY DNT PRACTICE ALL OF THIS CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      1. BDavis says:

        Jesus are you really that idiotic that you think when we see a list somewhere we instantly fall to are knees and scream " nooooo I've never learned to drive a stick shift my life is terrible and I'll never amount to anything woe is me D: " It's this individuals' personal opinion they aren't going out and shoving ecstasy down peoples throats its meant as a thought provoker.

    107. Nomnomnom says:

      Ive got 8/25 and I’m only 15! :D 10 more years to do the other 17 things. :3

    108. Isla Marie says:

      personally i wouldn't smoke drugs, but whats worng with alcohol as long as you don't go too far with it then you'll be fine. Drugs can ruin peoples lives but what some of you are forgetting is that alcohol is a drug too and can be harmful if abused like any other drug. But I suppose it's their own lives and they can live them as they please, I mean, whats wrong with enjoying life and living while you still have the chance?

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    110. I personaly wouldn't do half this stuff but That dont mean you cant go for it man! GO FOR IT!

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    118. Justin says:

      I totally agree with the "living in another country" post. 23-26 is the perfect age to do this. I moved to Prague to take a TEFL Certification course last year at the age of 24 and I've been living and working here ever since! While I'm working, traveling, and being surrounded by a cultural totally different than my own, I always think to myself "I'm glad I did this now – now is the time." You don't get wrapped up any mundane routines, and you have the entire world at your fingertips when you are an expat living and working abroad. The program I went through was TEFL Worldwide Prague. I'd definitely recommend checking them out. http://www.teflworldwideprague.com

    119. Rachael says:

      Got 18/25 and I have 8 years to go. I think I’m well on track except the college ones will be difficult since I will be going to university and I don’t know if mine has a football team that is like tha American rallies etc.

    120. Ruby says:

      Thank you! :) Will try to do as much as I can.

    121. gio says:

      What? The first and second one are totally wrong. My kids wont think that I'm lame 'cause I didn't try drugs… they will think I'm smart… and I don't want them to try drugs! what the hell…

    122. Ardz says:

      What an utterly pointless list of trivial garbage, one and two – basically encouraging young people to have sex with strangers and take drugs? What the f**k is the benefit you get from that? Seriously, the people who write some of these articles are complete sh*t for brains morons.

      1. heyheyheythisisaria says:

        My exact thoughts when I read this.

      2. cheeky says:

        Me too…glad some people around here have some self-respect and brains.

    123. mike says:

      This is the worst 25 before 25 ever – I hope you enjoy the rest of your life because if your banking on this your going to be disappointed

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