By Megan Millard
Loyola University Chicago students put the books aside Tuesday night to attend the finals breakfast to enjoy food, music, and friends.
“I love finals breakfast,” said Alecia Riccio, a 22 year-old Theater and English major. “The whole university is here, it’s a nice end-of-the-year [activity].”
Hundreds of students gathered from 9:30-11:30 p.m. as university staff volunteers served eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, fruit, bread, and more. Many students saw the breakfast as an opportunity to relax after time spent studying for final exams.
“It’s a good excuse to leave the library,” said Kristen Trehearne, a senior majoring in Advertising and Public Relations.
“I love the finals breakfast because it’s a fantastic break from doing work, plus it’s a good time to see friends,” said Lauren Ahern, 22, majoring in International Studies.
While students seemed to enjoy the breakfast, university volunteers joined in on the fun as well. Gabby Mora, a 29-year-old resident director was a volunteer at the event.
“I did it last semester,” she said, “I like volunteering because all the students have such a good time here.”
“I think it’s a great program and it’s wonderful to be here,” she said.
Last night’s event was bittersweet for some Loyola seniors, for whom this was the last finals breakfast. It was the main reason Kerry Conway, a 21-year-old English and Psychology major attended.
“We’re seniors, it’s tradition, and it’s the last one,” she said. “It’s just something different, we’ve been doing it since freshman year.”
“It’s definitely a milestone for us,” Riccio said.
Trehearne was also sad about the year ending, but was optimistic for the future.
“I’m disappointed,” she said. “But I’m sure I’ll be able to come back and hijack some pancakes next year.”