We have a tradition around here that is actually quite nice. It's called Maine Day. Maine Day is held every year on the Wednesday during the last week of classes. It's a day that's supposed to be about service. Notice how I used the word service. I'm not sure the actual number of people who do service, but it's likely a small percentage of people. Because the real appeal of Maine Day is that we don't have any classes (unless your class only meets once a week on Wednesdays and your professor is a big meanie and makes you go to class). My professor was nice so I don't have my four hour lab class today. Score!
There are also traditions such as the Maine Day Parade (the marching band all gets up early and plays really loudly around campus to wake everyone up) and Oozeball (volleyball in the mud). And I'm sure the is copious amounts of alcohol consumption occurring as well.
I have never participated in the service projects on campus because my department always holds their awards ceremony on Maine Day. I do, however, help our administrative assistant to setup for the awards ceremony. This year I received an award for outstanding graduating senior in our department from the Maine section of the American Chemical Society. It even came with a little money.
And later, my friend and I celebrated our last few days of college with a trip to Marshall's to find dresses for graduation. Then we celebrated our success a Marshall's with a trip to Gifford's Ice Cream (Maine made baby!). It's really all starting to sink in that it's coming to an end. I'm trying to just soak up every second of it! Happy Maine Day everyone!