Celebrating finished finals


During the school year, students drain themselves pouring over books, studying for tests and trying to be successful, but as finals come to a close, they find ways to celebrate their hard work.

Julia Cabe, a communication disorders major, knows exactly what she is going to do to celebrate the end of the school year. She and her roommate will head over to the Cannon Center for a no-limits pig out. The only rules are to eat and not judge.

“At the end of every semester for finals my roommate and I go to the Cannon Center, and we eat as much as we want or whatever we want,” Cabe said. “We support each other in it and (are) not allowed to judge. It’s almost like a competition … we celebrate by eating food and a lot of it.”

Tyler Smith and his friends shoot at their old notes to celebrate the end of the semester (photo courtesy Tyler Smith)
Tyler Smith and his friends like to shoot at their old notes to celebrate the end of the semester. (photo courtesy Tyler Smith)

While Cabe is eating her heart out, business major Trevor Perkins will be preparing to go to a midnight movie with his roommates.

“I guess it’s a tradition,” he said. “It’s usually just an idea that happens to happen every finals week.”

Tyler Smith, a genetics and biotechnology major, also likes hanging out with his friends after finals, but instead of watching a movie he goes shooting and uses his old notes from the semester as targets.

“I’ll usually bring milk jugs and bottles to shoot,” Smith said. “But you can also bring (notes), like stacks of them together and you just grab a target or draw one on and shoot holes in the paper … it’s like confetti almost, depending on what you shoot it with … then my old roommates and mission buddies will go get all-you-can-eat sushi until you need to roll us out on stretchers.”

Sometimes shooting down school notes is not enough. Some students prefer to have a bonfire that is fueled by old school assignments. Jessica Richards, a BYU student from Florida, said in a Facebook post that she has had this type of bonfire several times.

“I have done that on a number of semesters,” Richards said. “Get roommates and such together, and throw anything they’re willing to burn: assignments, textbooks they can’t sell back, etc … (It’s) an assignment bonfire. Throw all of your notes and papers on the flames.”

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