“Closing time, open all the doors and let you out into the world.”
When the song “Closing Time” plays, a gear starts turning in the college student’s mind and a flashing alarm light goes off in the brain, fit with siren and all, to give one message: leave. A grand exodus occurs, often with little to no communication. A few goodbyes can be heard, a couple people will say “well, I guess it’s time!” but by and large — even when some will, of course, choose to linger — the patron or partier will make for the exit without question. The casual laughs and conversations will continue as they migrate, but people don’t have to talk about leaving. They just go.
This psychological conditioning happens late at night every weekend on campuses across the country, and it also happens every May.
“Closing time, turn all of the lights on over every boy and every girl.”
The switch is flipped automatically in the beginning of every summer: the lights come on and we immediately head for the exit doors.