Hi shiloh. I work at a university, albeit on the research rather than teaching side, so I do hear the waves of semesters crashing in the distance. They used to make themselves known by the presence or absence of undergraduate students. The corridors, coffee shops and nearby pubs would be fuller or emptier depending on the time of year (although those of us working there all year 'round always knew somewhere quiet to go!)... but now semesters are even more muted as I work from home.
Still, I hope you made headway on your essay as well as your pint! They have a good house stout here. When I lived in the US I used to enjoy stouts and porters by Deschutes (Obsidian Stout, Black Butte Porter) and Heretic (Chocolate Hazelnut Porter) - not sure I've ever had one from Florida though!