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For many Central Michigan University students, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most exciting days of the year.
For other students, it draws more of a “meh” feeling.
Senior Kaitlin Ciampa goes out on St. Patrick’s Day every other year to places like Main Street. For the opposite years, Ciampa stays in.
“Generally, it’s been an every other year thing. It’s not something I would go and waste money on for a green shirt,” Ciampa said. “One year, I went to Main Street. The other years I didn’t go out, I just stayed at home and watched Netflix.”
Ciampa said celebrating St. Patrick’s Day can get old after doing it year after year.
“I kind of don’t want to go out that much this year because I’m over it. People have done it over and over, and I’m sick of it,” she said.
Other students like senior Cameron Clark do like St. Patrick’s Day, but also understand that many students who celebrate the holiday, do not understand what it is about.
“Anybody likes it just for what it symbolizes to college kids — going out and all that fun stuff,” Clark said. “I feel like many of the students don’t know what the holiday is for besides drinking.”
Clark noticed the people in the community who are not fond of St. Patrick’s Day are the students living next to the loud parties, and teachers who can tell which students are celebrating the holiday.
“It’s professors, especially ones who have kids coming into their classes drunk or not coming in at all,” Clark said.
Senior Joe Meeks does not enjoy St. Patrick’s Day for the drinking and partying, but the indication that spring is on its way.
“I usually enjoy it for the warm weather because it kind of means spring. A lot of my friends are always outside playing football if it’s nice,” Meeks said. “A lot of my friends are really into it, but I don’t have that kind of motivation for it. Plus, I have class. I have responsibilities, so I can’t be drinking all the time.”
Other students are not into the holiday simply because they have not been around Central Michigan long enough to know what the parties during that time are like, like freshman Rebecca Jokinen.
“Most of my friends are not into it, but I have a couple of friends who are really into it. We’re all freshmen and we really haven’t partied that much yet,” Jokinen said. “Maybe this year, I’ll enjoy it more than I ever have. I don’t know. I haven’t gone to a college party yet.”
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