Thursday 22 March 2018

That student who finished his essay in a nightclub has only gone and got a first

Lawrence Kemp was filmed finishing his assignment in time for the deadline while on a night out with his friends.

By Zaina Alibhai

A university student who went viral after being filmed finishing an essay in a nightclub has revealed he got a first for the assignment.

Lawrence Kemp, 21, a second year business management student at the University of Gloucestershire, had been trying to finish the 2,000-word project hours before the deadline last week while his friends prepared for a night out.

Footage filmed by his friend Danny Cotter, 22, showed Lawrence trying to write the essay while others partied around him before eventually tempting him to get involved.

After some time, he was convinced to take his laptop to a popular student night in Cheltenham, where he was shown on camera armed with his laptop and attempting to finish his work in time.

The clip then showed him submitting it one minute before the midnight deadline, to big cheers from his friends.

Another friend, Eddy Hedley, 23, then edited the footage and uploaded it to Facebook, where it has since been viewed more than 100,000 times on his page, while also receiving millions more views elsewhere.


Several days later, after receiving his results, Lawrence, described by friends as a “good” and “professional” student, told the Press Association: “I’ve only gone and got a first.”

Admitting he was “delighted” with his score of 81, he added: “To be perfectly honest, I had started a few days prior, but I left my last 750 words and editing to last minute.

“I fully intended on going out as I hadn’t been out in a while, but the assignment took longer than I thought.

“So I was reluctant to join my mates until I finished, but I knew I was capable of editing work and enjoying the night,” he said.

Danny, a film student, explained the night’s events: “As you can see in the video, we persisted to pester poor Lawrence until he cracked, until he joined in. A few drinks later and it wasn’t too hard for us to convince him the club had WiFi and he could complete it there which of course, it didn’t.

“He got the laptop into the club through one of our friends working there.

“Once in, he discovered there was no WiFi and had to ‘hotspot’ his laptop through his mobile.

“Needless to say, we’re all taken back with the success of the video,” he said.

“It’s nice to see so many students relating to Lawrence, and giving them something to laugh at amidst all the deadline stress they’re under.”

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