Tara Hunt '12 | December 18, 2014
I may have procrastinated the last paper of my college career. It may have been 2 a.m. and I may have been sitting at a large table across from an equally cranky classmate on the second floor of the library cursing the loud, giggly sophomores two tables down, loathing our friends who sent a string of text messages urging us to abandon the assignment and meet them at the bar with our sacks full of turn-of-the-century fiction in tow, and, most intensely, resenting ourselves for pushing this off until the very last night of our academic careers.
If we turned in half of the assigned 25 pages, would he actually fail us? we wondered. Would that be worth one last night in the Feve basement? No, on both counts, we decided.
And so we sat, for eight, nine, ten hours, letting our putrid prose reek as we scribbled some of the most poorly formulated essays higher education has ever seen. But looking back, those eternal moments spent slaving over a laptop and The Picture of Dorian Gray are one of my clearest college memories. I remember a young woman walking around barefoot on the dusty, grimy library floor. And a young gentleman obviously trying to woo his female study partner over an organic chemistry book. And the squeak of the wooden return carts hauling fragrant leather-bounds across the floor.
It was this now-fond memory that brought me to the library yesterday as they hosted their “Farewell to the Floor” event, a way to kick off the first phase of the Hesburgh Library Renovation. The makeover is scheduled to start Monday, December 22, and will begin with a new north entrance and then a two-story entrance gallery that will run through the center of the library.
Read more at Notre Dame Magazine.