Late Night Breakfast
At 10p.m. on Monday night, the student center dining hall was over crowded with students. People came from near and far. From dorm rooms, to study carrels and even empty classrooms, studying the night away and into the early morning for final exams. The reason was not due to dinner (dinner had already been served), but it was due to a little Saint Mary’s tradition called Late Night Breakfast. Every semester, there is a semi-annual celebration that allows all Smicks to take a break and let their hair down. Late Night Breakfast is probably the only truly great thing about finals week. Here, students gather in the dining hall at late night hours to be served breakfast by their professors in celebration of a successful semester. Seats always fill up quickly by students eating bacon, eggs, doughnuts, and hash browns. There is also hot chocolate and plenty of caffeinated beverages to sip on. However, Late Night Breakfast is not just your average meal. During the feast, there are speakers that are set up to play radio music and a DJ will take song requests. There are also club organizers giving away free T-shirts, basketballs and Frisbees. Since I have been here and experienced two of these breakfasts, I have witnessed plenty of lip-synced solos and duets by girls standing on their chairs for the rest of the hall to see and cheer them on. During the stress of finals week, it is really relieving to be able to go somewhere late at night and celebrate with others to the sound of loud music and good pastries. It is really humbling to see a Saint Mary’s tradition unfold before you. It helps you look forward to the many years to come. At the end of the day, though exams may be stressful, nights like these prove to you that these exams do not define who you are. There are bigger things in the world to worry about and more things that should be celebrated instead of stressed over. Because isn’t that what college is all about? Making memories and friends is something that is going to carry you to your fullest potential after four years-not necessarily if you aced your Bio exam or not. When I’m most stressed or I feel like I’m not having a good time I think about this motto: “No one ever remembers the nights they got plenty of sleep or were up studying for a test”. If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that that saying couldn’t be truer.
~Emily R. ‘17