Whether it takes the traditional four years to graduate or the more increasingly common six, most students enter into college with an expectation of achieving great things, both academically and personally.
Elliot Darvick, co-founder of Unbucket.com, wants to help people do just that.
He and his friend and co-founder Brian Berman met as undergraduates at Washington University in St. Louis and later on decided to start building a website that would help people achieve goals they had and create an online bucket list to get them motivated to get offline and accomplish them.
“Unbucket.com is an application for people to create lists of things to do with those they care about most,” Darvick said. “It’s planning future experiences through collaborative lists.”
Whether it’s a list with a friend on campus, a family member or a fiancé, Unbucket.com gives the tools to make everyone’s bucket list come to life.
It also acts as a storage place for memories. Already completed activities can be added and checked off, pictures can be uploaded to each item on the list and videos can be stored to relive each memory later on.
“It comes from our desire to use technology to get people offline,” Darvick said. “So they’re living life with each other and just using technology as a facilitator of that.”
While Unbucket is not only for college students, they believe that it’s a great tool for the college demographic, as time usually escapes students in the short time they are there.
“There’s so much to do as an undergrad,” Darvick said. “But yet there’s so little time and often we get distracted by what we’re there for, like internships and studying, but having a list, making sure we do the things we want to do before we graduate, we think that’s crucial.”
Darvick and Berman have been working on the project since the summer of 2011 and it was officially released in the summer of 2012. Thousands of lists have been made since then and already about 20 percent of the items are currently marked as complete.
If Boise State students are interested in using the site, they can visit Unbucket.com and use the code “Bronco.”
Some Broncos spoke out on what they would like to do before they graduate:
Ben Sinsel, junior mechanical engineering major
“I would like to go to Europe. I’m half Irish and there’s a castle in Ireland with my mom’s maiden name on it that I want to see.”
Monique Porter, sophomore Elementary Education major
“I’ve always wanted to take a gender-related class. I’ve heard they are really interesting and I think I would enjoy it.”
Kelsey Wilkinson, junior pre-med major
“I want to skydive. I’ve always wanted to, and now my parents aren’t here to tell me no.”
Colin Sesek, junior kinesiology major
“I’d like to climb Mt. Borah. It’s the tallest peak in Idaho and I have Idaho tattooed on my leg.”
Aubrey Stephan, junior physical education major
“I want to participate in an Ironman. I would like to get myself disciplined enough and I think it would be a great accomplishment.”