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After taking more traditional (standardized) tests as students, we tend to rely on such forms of assessment as teachers. Over the years, I have been trying to find alternate forms of assessment that afford my students a richer “exam” experience that is also more enjoyable. Ultimately, I want my students to form deeper connections between something they know really well and/or enjoy very much and the material we are covering in class together. So I, as a mathematics professor, started transitioning my traditional final exam to a final project instead. In this paper, we will go through my journey creating and adapting assessments that promote and encourage student creativity. I will share rubrics and samples of student work as well as suggestions for creating effective rubrics.