By Derek Devine
As the stress builds and finals week quickly approached, New College students gathered Dec. 5 for a night of full of great food, fun-filled activities and engaging conversations. Snowflakes and twinkling lights turned Hamilton Center into a winter wonderland as a late-night breakfast was served. The night featured food and activities with a Frozen theme.

New College students pose in a photobooth during the Late Night Breakfast Dec. 5.
New College students pose in a photo booth during the Late Night Breakfast Dec. 5.

More than 220 students enjoyed treats based on the popular Disney film, like Swedish breakfast meatballs, smoked salmon on bagels with cream cheese, veggie and cheddar cheese quiches, blue velvet cupcakes, hot cocoa and much more. They played in a kiddie pool of snow, made slime, posed at a photo booth and played pin the tail on the Olaf. And of course, no Frozen breakfast is complete without playing and singing the famous Frozen soundtrack throughout the Hamilton Center.
Bill Moore, general manager of Metz Culinary Management, said the turnout was the best he has seen during his time at New College.
“This is the most successful late-night breakfast we’ve had in my five years on campus,” said Moore. “The students were so excited, and the participation was unbelievable tonight.”
If there was one thing that topped the incredible food and activities, it was the number of volunteers who came out to support the late-night breakfast. Staff, faculty and even some students came out to serve food, manage the long lines, and connect with the student body. President O’Shea even made a guest appearance to test the hot cocoa and interact with students and volunteers.
Admissions Coordinator Emily Gruber said opportunities to serve on campus are a big reason she chose to work in higher education.
“I love working and interacting with students,” said Gruber. “I know New College students are stressed with finals, so it was nice to volunteer at an event that gave them an opportunity to have fun and enjoy time with their peers.”
The late-night breakfast was a collaboration between Student Affairs and Metz Culinary Management with support from  the New College Foundation, which funds student programming throughout the year.
— Derek Devine is the social media manager at New College of Florida.

Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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