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a Nostalgic Moment: St Andrews Soakings

19 May, 2011

The Author, who is experiencing an onslaught of Nostalgia for university, would like to channel said Nostalgia by celebrating one of the many wonderful traditions of the University of St Andrews: the End of Exams Soaking.

Just as a 4th year student finishes the final examination of his/her Academic career, relishing those first exhilarating moments of being relieved of all Academic responsibility forever*just as this student steps out into the typically nippy May air, he/she is doused in water, which is poured from bottles, tossed from buckets, shot from water guns and burst from balloons, by a group of his/her loving friends.

St Andrews soaking tradition 2

It can be a chilly experience, but it never dampens One’s euphoria.

St Andrews soaking tradition 3

Some soakers are kind and fill their buckets with warm water.

Others are unrelenting.

St Andrews soaking tradition*pending exam results and the possibility of Graduate school

Photos pilfered from the well stocked library of MC

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. 20 May, 2011 11:02 am

    Ahh, happy days! When I went on from St.A’s to Oxford, I discovered that in the south they do it with champagne. This sounds more glamorous and Bridesheady, but is in fact (a) more expensive (b) a lot more smelly and (c) a shocking waste of champagne.

  2. 23 May, 2011 7:08 pm

    Brideshead-y indeed! The sensible points about expense, smell and waste quelled my brief rush of envy. For practicality’s sake, I’d choose water for the soaking and save the champagne for later.

  3. Anonymous permalink
    19 June, 2011 11:10 am

    I didn’t know I had graced your blog! Hoorah!

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