We’ve put together a list of 85 absolutely-got-to-do things every Husky should check off before leaving campus. They’re the things you’ll remember most fondly about your time in the Copper Country—the 85 quintessential things that Michigan Tech tradition is based on.
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#1-20: High fives through pickled eggs
- High Five Blizzard T. Husky!
Go find Blizzard T. Husky at any home Husky sporting event!
- Walk across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge
Head down Sheldon Ave downtown Houghton until you get to the PLLB & walk across it!
- Visit campus during Winter Carnival All Nighter and try a new food
Head into Fisher Hall on campus and enjoy some unique refreshments during the Winter Carnival All Nighter.
- Try a thimbleberry jam or something made with thimbleberries
Be on the look out for Thimbleberry jam! A UP favorite, this is not something you'll want to miss.
- Check out the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum
Witness the raw beauty of the earth's minerals and discover how they were formed with a visit to the A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum.
- Cheer along with the Pep Band at an athletic event
The Pep Band is at every athletic event! Learn the fight song so you can cheer loud for the Huskies!!!
- Attend K-Day
K-Day, short for Keweenaw Day, is a tradition at Michigan Tech held on the Friday of the week of Labor Day. Each year on K-Day, classes release at noon so students can celebrate their beautiful surroundings in the Keweenaw Peninsula and learn about ways to get involved and connected. K-Day typically sees around 3,500-4,000 students attend, so be sure to check out this amazing event so you don't miss out!
- Ski, board, tube or hike Mont Ripley
Take a trip over to Hancock to experience the Mont Ripley ski hill!
- Run, bike, or walk the Tech trails
Michigan Tech's trail system is located right across the street from the Student Development Complex, or the south end of the campus on MacInnes Drive. The 35 kilometers of trails are nationally recognized for quality, variety of terrain, and maintenance.
- Play or watch broomball
Form a team and gear up in the winter time for some broomball on Walker Lawn! You can also enjoy a hot chocolate and watch the action.
- Learn the correct pronunciation of sauna and then take one!
Warm up and improve your immune system with a hot SAUNA (hint:SOW-nahh)
- Take in a show at the Rozsa Center—there really is something for everyone
Go to the Rozsa center to experience a play, concert, comedian, magician, or any other event!
- Watch or volunteer at the Copper Dog 150
Take a drive up to Calumet in early March to watch an incredible dog sled race!
- Take a picture of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge
The widest and heaviest of its kind, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge is something you'll want to capture.
- Comment on how much snow we have this winter
It's no secret that the Keweenaw gets a lot of snow!
- Participate in the Copper Country Anthem or Chuck-aPuck at a hockey game
Learn the Copper Country anthem and sing along with Mitch's Misfits and the Pep Band at a home Hockey game Or grab a Chuck-a-Puck and toss it towards center ice for a chance to win an awesome prize!
- Shake hands with the University President
If you see President Koubek, be sure to shake his hand!
- Visit the Alumni House before graduating
Go visit the Alumni House, they might even have a gift for you!
- Play or watch an intramural sport
If you're finding yourself wanting to watch or play your favorite sport make sure to check out all of the intramural sport options!
- Try a pickled egg from the B&B or Doghouse
We dare you to go to the B&B Bar or the Doghouse to try a pickled egg!
#21-40: Live music through wildlife art
- Visit a local establishment and enjoy some live music
Make sure you keep your ears open to find out about live music in the area.
- Experience a multicultural event (like Diwali Night or Pride Week)
Support diversity by participating in multicultural events such as Diwali, one of the biggest festivals in India, or Pride week!
- Participate in a student organization philanthropy event
Go online to mtu.edu and click the giving button to see how you can support Tech.
- Climb the 'stairs' to nowhere' in the MUB
Head to the MUB to see if you can find the stairs to nowhere!
- Participate in Make a Difference Day
Make a Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others – a celebration of neighbors helping neighbors. Show your appreciation through participation.
- Walk in, or watch, the Parade of Nations
The Parade of Nations strives to promote worldwide culture and national awareness in Michigan's Upper Peninsula through a community-wide annual event that includes a parade and a multicultural festival.
- Try a pasty—meat or vegetarian
A Upper Peninsula tradition, the pasty is traditionally made with meat, potatoes and veggies but you can find all sorts of varieties to try throughout the Keweenaw!
- Join a student organization or club
Get involved with an organization or club that interests you! A great way to do this is through K-Day or Involvement Link!
- Put your toes in the Portage at Princes Point
Located by the Rozsa, Princes Point is a great way to experience Portage Lake, especially if you live in the dorms!
- Get a Career Fair Portrait
- Take a class that seems interesting—even if it has nothing to do with your major
Learn something new by taking a class in something that sounds interesting to you. It doesn't have to involve your major, and you never know, it just might count towards your degree.
- Visit the War Memorial Walls in the MUB, which honor fallen Michigan Tech alumni
Pay your respects to fellow Huskies dies in service to our country.
- Watch a Film Board movie in Fisher Hall
Keep an eye on the table tents and advertisements around campus to learn what the Film Board is featuring every week!
- Buy a Michigan Tech sweatshirt from the Campus Bookstore or University Images
Show your Michigan Tech pride by snagging a sweatshirt or any apparel from the Campus Bookstore or University images! They are also great places to find gifts!
- Attend the University Welcome during Orientation
Welcome Week is an on-campus experience that kick-starts every fall semester. It's jam packed with social activities, food, entertainment, and much more including the special University Welcome!
- Visit the KBC for a beer or root beer
Go to the KBC for a cool refreshing craft beer or root beer! Fun fact, the owners are Michigan Tech Alumni!
- Eat breakfast at Suomi or Kaleva
Enjoy a great local breakfast at the Suomi in downtown Houghton or Kaleva Café in downtown Hancock.
- Participate in Safe House
Participate in the fun Halloween tradition of decorating the dorms for local kids to enjoy!
- Respond to a tweet from Les Cook, vice president of student affairs and advancement
Get on Twitter to check out and respond to one of Les Cook's tweets!
- Take in the exhibits at the Wildlife Art Gallery in the Noblet
More than 100 limited edition prints and original watercolors by three nationally renowned wildlife artists are on display. Head up to the U. J. Noblet Forestry and Wood Products Building to check it out.
#41-60: Polar bear plunge through boulder garden
- Take the plunge (or just watch) the Polar Bear Dive during Heikinpäivä
Head down to the portage to see people test their limits in the cold Portage Lake during this annual Finnish winter festival!
- Make a snow angel
Whether it's during the first snow of the year or the last, be sure to take advantage of the winter by making a snow angel.
- Take a tour of Quincy Mine or Adventure Mine
Have an adventure and tour a local mine and learn some history about the copper country!
- Read the Lode from cover to cover
Grab ahold of the Lode and read the whole thing!
- Get a pizza or sandwich at the Ambassador
The Ambassador has many awesome food options to choose from! Tostada Pizza anyone?
- Take a picture at your favorite Lake Superior beach
From Brunet park all the way to the breakers, there are so many beaches to enjoy. Try to see every one and pick your favorite!
- Participate in Career Fair
Go create opportunities for yourself at our huge career fair featuring over 300 companies!
- Visit the top of Brockway Mountain and take a photo of Lake Superior.
Head up to Copper Harbor and take a hike or ride up Brockway Mountain drive. This is a must-see way to enjoy the beauty of the Copper Country.
- Help someone get their car unstuck from the snow
Whether you're pushing them out or digging them out, you're bound to see someone in need of a helping hand this winter!
- Attend Spring Fling
Enjoy the spring weather (hopefully) and attend the fun events at Spring Fling.
- Eat at one of the residence halls
Go to Wads, McNair, or DHH for a great meal provided by the Michigan Tech dining services.
- Be part of Relay for Life
MTU Relay for Life is affiliated with the American Cancer Society. Help support this incredible cause!
- Help build or take a picture of a statue for Winter Carnival
Take part in Winter Carnival by building or capturing the snow statues!
- Meet the Dean of Students (and get the button to prove it)
Meet Bonnie Gorman at Orientation and get a button!
- Take in a Mindtrekkers event
Michigan Technological University's Mind Trekkers road shows mission: to uncover the mysteries of science, technology, engineering and mathematics ( STEM). We encourage you to go on a trip or visit them at an event to get the full Mind Trekkers experience!
- View the northern lights or pick rocks at the Breakers
Head North to Breakers and check out the aurora and find some rocks to bring back with you!
- Check out one or more of the local waterfalls
Waterfalls are some of the coolest things to experience in the Keweenaw. Finding them makes a great day trip, just remember to be safe!
- Go smelting or fishing
Fish for some smelt or northern pike, trout, walleye in the great UP waters!
- Climb the stairs to the top floor of MEEM
Burn some calories climbing all 11 flights of stairs in the MEEM!
- Sit in the Boulder garden
This rock garden is a great place to read, study or even meditate! Don't forget to take advantage of this great space.
#61-85: Copper Country cruising through graduation
- Go Copper Country cruising on a fall day
When the leaves turn, hop in the car and go enjoy the fall colors!
- Use late night study hours
The library makes a great place to focus, especially during exam week. Don't forget that they're open very late for your convenience.
- Have lunch or dinner on the Downtowner deck on a nice day
Go get some great food and great views of the Portage on the Downtowner deck!
- Visit one or more of the local copper gift shops
From the Keweenaw Gem and Gift in Houghton all the way to Copper Harbor, there is no shortage of shops to find unique gifts.
- Go to the Homecoming cardboard boat races
Participate or watch the cardboard boat races during Homecoming in the fall!
- Keep an eye out for campus legends
Search for the Walker pool, keep an eye out for the albino squirrel and don't forget to listen for the wind harp on a windy day!
- Check out a study room on campus
Study rooms make a great place for meetings, phone interviews, or quiet study spots!
- Buy a beverage at the Library Café, Aftermath Café, or Coaches Corner
Re-energize with a refreshment from any of our excellent coffee spots on campus! They are conveniently located in Fisher Hall, the Library and the Student Development Complex.
- Take a fitness class at the SDC
Sweat out stress from the semester with a fitness class at the SDC.
- Visit the Jampot in Eagle Harbor
On your way to copper harbor, stop by and get some homemade goods from the Jampot in Eagle Harbor.
- Look for the Paulding Light
This mysterious light appears in a valley outside of Paulding, Michigan, near Watersmeet off US 45.
- Rent some gear from or participate in an Outdoor Adventure Program (OAP) activity
The OAP offers rental gear for every activity from camping to snow shoes. Try something new thanks to the OAP today!
- Visit the Michigan Tech Archives
Learn something new about Michigan Tech's history from the archives!
- Volunteer on campus or in the community
Volunteer in the community or campus for the greater good!
- Take a picture at the place that meant the most to you on campus
This could be where you spend the most time, where you have the best memories or somewhere that just makes you happy every time. Take a picture and keep the memory even after your time at Michigan Tech comes to a close.
- Check out social media
- Try a winter sport
What better way to take advantage of the snowy months than to get out there and play!
- Visit the Calumet Theatre
Take a trip up to Calumet and visit the historic and possibly haunted Calumet Theatre.
- Visit where the first Michigan Tech classes were held
Find out where the first Michigan Tech classes were held and even more about the early days of our University.
- Visit the Husky statue
- Try a local coffee shop
- Tech vs. Northern
- Connect with Michigan Tech alumni on LinkedIn
Make sure you create a LinkedIn profile to stay connected to professional contacts, including Michigan Tech Alumni!
- Participate in the Class Tribute Program
The Class Tribute program offers you the opportunity to publicly recognize and honor someone who has played a special role in your life and in your Michigan Tech education. AND support student scholarships.
Walk across the stage and celebrate all your accomplishments during your time at Michigan Tech. Congratulations, you are a Michigan Tech Alumni! And now for your next adventure....
- Download the app from Google Play, add https://bucketlist.mtu.edu to the home screen of you your Apple device or visit the Bucket List webpage:
- Plan your attack. Depending on your strategy, you might be able to complete the list in a short period of time, or it could take several years (or decades!) to complete.
- Complete each item in the app or record on the paper list
- Get your friends to do the bucket list with you.
- Have fun!
Incentives along the way like food, discounts, and gear will help keep you exploring!
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