My BBYO Bucket List

February 28, 2020
Jessica Budin

Delray Beach, Florida, United States

Class of 2020

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Being a second semester senior in BBYO is genuinely something that has been creeping up on me since I joined. This period of time has a stigma, itā€™s when people donā€™t really ā€œcareā€ about their chapter anymore, and burn out. I like to think I havenā€™t burnt out yet. When I first joined BBYO and started to figure everything out, I made a bucket list for things I had wanted to accomplish before I became ā€œold and irrelevantā€ in BBYO.Ā 

I made this list because I wanted to see how much I could do with the time I had. I joined December 7, 2016, so my three year anniversary with BBYO was just a little while ago. Honestly, when I first made this list three years ago, I didnā€™t think Iā€™d accomplish most of these things. To write this article, I had to find this list in the depths of my computer and retype it because it looked all warped with bad handwriting. However, looking at what I wrote, I was pleasantly surprised with myself and how much I had accomplished during my years in BBYO.\

When I first wrote the list, it was not organized in any way. When I updated and went through the list I broke it down into sections. These were things I have done once (highlighted in yellow), something I have done more than once (highlighted in green), and things I have not done (not highlighted). An example of a situation that would be highlighted yellow would be ā€œBecome a chapter/regional/international inducteeā€ since thatā€™s something that only happens once in a BBYO lifetime. A green bucket list item would be ā€œGo to a convention,ā€ which I have done plenty of times by now. Something that is not highlighted is something I was not able to accomplish.

An example of this is going to CLTC. The summer I that I wanted to go to CLTC, I was going on a college program and going to sleepaway camp. There was simply no time to go on CLTC.

One of my favorite yellow-highlighted items was going to ILTC at Perlman this summer. Those three weeks I spent there, becoming an international inductee, a bat mitzvah, and a better leader truly will be one of my favorite memories of BBYO. It showed me what it means to be a leader in my chapter, region, and in the order. I enjoyed making friends with people from all over and forming connections that have already proven to help lead my chapter and region.

Things I have done once:

  • Stay in BBYO until senior year #2020onTOP
  • Go on ILTC
  • Fill up my closet with BBYO clothes
  • Coordinate a convention
  • Be in a mock chapter
  • Regionally inducted
  • Internationally inducted
  • Become a bat mitzvah through BBYO
  • Have some type of position at IC
  • Do something internationally besides summer program
  • Run for regional board (win or lose, at least try)
  • Become close with members younger than me
  • Become close with members older than me
  • Become close with members that are the same age as me
  • Take something from a convention that someone left behind but they didnā€™t realize they left it behind
  • Win a regional award
  • Make friends in BBYO outside of my chapter
  • Make friends in BBYO outside of Gold CoastĀ 
  • Make friends in BBYO outside of the United States
  • Be a BBYO poster child
  • Get a regional big
  • Get an international big/little
  • Become a regional big
  • Become an international big

Things I have done more than once:

  • Get a BBYO lanyard for my car keys
  • Go to a convention
  • Steer a convention
  • Be on chapter board
  • Go to ICĀ 
  • Go to someoneā€™s life ceremony event

Things I have not done:

  • Go on CLTC
  • Go on Kallah
  • Go on Ambassadors
  • Go on ILSI
  • Go on MOTL
  • Hold a position in that mock chapter
  • Chapter inductee
  • Become chapter Nā€™siah
  • Win a chapter award
  • Win an international award
  • Get a chapter big
  • Become a chapter big
  • Give chapter life
  • Give regional life

Jessie Budin is a BBG from Acharit BBG #2543 in Gold Coast Region #51 and she had her Bat Mitzvah at Perlman Camp.

All views expressed on content written for The Shofar represent the opinions and thoughts of the individual authors. The author biography represents the author at the time in which they were in BBYO.

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