After the last final is taken, Exeter becomes a different place. The dorms reminisce over the past year, have cookouts, and honor the seniors. Boarding students cram their lives into two large plastics bins, several smaller bins, and suitcases, scattering their possessions across not only campus, but the world. Goodbyes are said as students depart on the final day. Parents flood into town, maneuvering possessions into the trunks of their mini-vans like tetris tiles. Yet one event remains constant in the craziness that is the final day: Dunkin Donuts.
After the traditional all-nighter many students pull, Exonians drag themselves to Dunkin Donuts, located about 1 mile from the school. We race their to see who will beat the line, some leaving as earlier as 4:30. (Don’t worry parents, most of us received permission from dorm fac.) I’ve seen kids sprint there on bike, on longboards, even running. To beat the crowd is a skill, because, if you beat the crowd, you can get a coveted table inside of Dunkin instead of waiting outside in the parking lot.
Everyone waits in line for their donut, muffin, and/or coffee that will help sustain them through the 8 remaining 25 minute class formats. This meal is the first of two breakfasts for most. Many of us will trudge back to our dorms to nap before going to D-Hall, Rogan’s, Me & Ollie’s, or St. Anthony’s for breakfast.
P.S. Those are all restaurants I encourage you to visit in the fall if you have time when you come to Exeter. I can’t wait to meet all of you new students next year, and to tour all of those interested in the Academy!
Have a lovely summer!