Posted by Nicole El Chami on May 9, 2022
Everyone told me it would be the fastest four years of my life – they were right. As graduation nears, I can’t believe how far I’ve come since I moved into my dorm in August 2018. I entered college majoring in economics and stayed on down this path for two and a half years before realizing it wasn’t for me. We entered a pandemic, I changed majors, and became more and more grateful for the environment Binghamton gave me.
Back on campus during my freshman year, I began to explore all that Binghamton had to offer. Now that my time as an undergrad is coming to an end, I wanted to share my personal list of things to do before graduation. From restaurants and walking trails to beautiful parks, here’s a checklist of things to do before starting your next chapter.
1. Salt Springs State Park
Although it’s not in Binghamton, if you’re up for a 30 minute drive in Pennsylvania, Salt Springs State Park is a must. Beautiful walking paths and huge 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 challenging routes along the trail. I took my dog to Salt Springs for a hike last week and when the more strenuous path got too difficult we easily found a more relaxed route. Go at your own pace and admire the beauty of nature!
2. Blake (Nathaniel Cole Park)
On a nice day, pack a picnic and head to Nathaniel Cole Park, commonly known as the Blake: Binghamton’s lake-beach! I love going to the Blake to sunbathe, have lunch with my friends, take photos and walk my dog. You can even rent kayaks and canoes to get out on the water between Memorial Day and Labor Day!
3. Nature Reserve
If you don’t have a car or are looking for something closer to home, head to our very own 190 acre nature reserve. With over 10 trails to choose from, there’s no end to what you can experience.
4. Binghamton Rumble Ponies
As the weather warms up, this is the perfect opportunity to go see a Binghamton Rumble Ponies game at the Mirabito stadium! If you love baseball, the Rumble Ponies are the Double-A affiliate team of the New York Mets. Get a hot dog and a drink while enjoying the game with your friends. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online!
5. Uncorked creations
If you’re looking for a creative outlet, take a class at Uncorked Creations. There are so many ways to let your inner Picasso out, whether you’re painting your own canvas, taking a class, or working in their ceramic studio! They have one Event calendar online so you can choose the one that best suits your interests.
6. Restaurant PS
In my four years in Binghamton, I can confidently say that I’ve eaten almost everywhere. If you’re looking for amazing food in the city center, I recommend going to PS-Restaurant. The chicken satay with Thai peanut sauce is an amazing appetizer and I always get the scampi with prawns – I wouldn’t recommend anything more. It’s a bit more expensive, but in my experience, it’s still worth it.
7. Burger Mondays
On the subject of food, Burger Mondays is a restaurant that I would have liked to discover earlier. Not only do they have the best burger in Binghamton, they offer it on Mondays for only $5! You have to sit at the bar or the bar side table to get this offer, but for a casual meal this is the place to be.
8. Binghamton University Museum of Art (BUAM)
During my freshman year at Binghamton, I took two classes in the Fine Arts building: Italian and Drawing I. I walked past BUAM every morning, peering through the glass, curious to know what was had inside but not sure if it was open to students. This semester, I covered BUAM through my internship and learned a lot more about it! In January, I saw the exhibition “The World After Us”, and was mesmerized by the use of sculpture to provoke reflections on the production, use and waste of media by humanity . 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 has a degree in English and is doing an internship in the Office of Marketing and Communications at Binghamton University. She is excited to begin her graduate studies in the fall, where she will work towards her career goal of becoming an English teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys painting and walking with her dog.
Have questions, comments, or concerns about the blog? Email us at [email protected]