lucubration.

\ loo-kyoo-BRAY-shun; loo-kuh- \  , noun;
1. The act of studying by candlelight; nocturnal study; meditation.
2. That which is composed by night; that which is produced by meditation in retirement; hence (loosely) any literary composition.
I spent the weekend with two dear friends from college.  Now that I’m working on my college campus, I reminisce often, but being with them makes the memories come back in large doses.  I have a handful of lucubration memories.  But most are of avoiding the lucubration.  They’re about blowing out the candle, leaving Microsoft Word to autosave the document, and heading to IHOP at 2 am.  Inside jokes and caffeinated beverages and late night chats.  The lucubration was necessary to finish up the degree.  The laughter was necessary to make the pursuit worth the money.   

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