The Final Countdown a guide to surviving (and thriving) during final exams at TAMU-CC

It's that time again, Islanders: the semester is coming to a close and final exams are quickly approaching! But, don't worry - we're here to help! From exam times, to study locations, to where to enjoy some free food, pet some therapy dogs, and more, we've compiled it all here to help you get prepared!

WHEN ARE EXAMS?

Not sure when your exam is? The final exam period lasts from May 4-10. Final grades will begin to be posted on S.A.I.L. between May 15-19.

COURSE EVALUATIONS

All current students are encouraged to evaluate their faculty by taking a course evaluation. The survey period will be open online through Wednesday, May 3, with prizes being given away daily to thank students for completing their course evaluations and providing thoughtful feedback. Survey results are anonymous and used to help faculty enhance/improve the design and delivery of their courses.

NEED HELP STUDYING?

VISIT CASA: Want someone to proofread that final paper? Need help preparing for the big exam? For no additional charge, you can take advantage of the services provided by our Center for Student Academic Achievement (CASA). See the link below to learn about available tutoring, supplemental instruction, academic mentorships, and the Writing Center.

WHERE TO STUDY

Need a place to study and prepare for those exams? We've got you covered!

Mary and Jeff Bell Library

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library will be open 24 hours Monday-Thursday, with extended hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning Wednesday, April 26, through the end of final exams.

University Center

The University Center will become the "Study Center" May 3-10, with extended service hours, study areas, free food, and more. See below for complete hours.

GROW Grad Suite

Graduate students can take advantage of the designated quiet area in GROW's large study room from May 3-10.

NEED A BREAK?

Amidst the chaos that can accompany final exams, it's important to pace yourself and take the occasional break when needed. That's why we've got a great lineup of opportunities for you to unwind between study sessions so that you can maximize your success!

WALK THE LABYRINTH: The Counseling Center and College of Nursing and Health Sciences will provide a moment of mindfulness and relaxation for students ahead of exams on Tuesday, May 2, from noon to 3 p.m. on the University Center East Lawn. The event is designed to help reduce stress levels and improve performance in time for final exams. For more information, contact Ini Inyang at einyang@islander.tamucc.edu; or call X2270.

PAWS ON THE ISLAND: Take a study break and spend some time with a furry friend! The Mary and Jeff Bell Library and Paws Up, Inc. have partnered once again to bring therapy dogs (and new this year: kittens!) to campus on Tuesday, May 2, from noon to 3 p.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom. The event is co-sponsored by the Counseling Center, which will be on hand with fun and games to help lower stress levels as Islanders prepare for exams. Free and open to the campus community. For more information, call Alison Marks at ext. 2703; or email Alison.Marks@tamucc.edu.

FINALS FRENZY: Grab your SandDollar$ ID and make your way to Curlew Plaza (outside the Islander Dining Hall) on Tuesday, May 2, from 9 p.m. to midnight for CAB's Finals Frenzy! Enjoy inflatables, music, activities, and more - all for free! For more information, call ext. 2363.

LATE NIGHT BREAKFAST: It's rough studying for exams on an empty stomach. Come enjoy a free meal (as well as karaoke and prizes) on us Tuesday, May 2, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight in the Islander Dining Hall during Late Night Breakfast! Free for all TAMU-CC students with a valid SandDollar$ ID.

BOOKS & BAGELS: Come join our Islander Alumni Association for a little bit of stress relief on Wednesday, May 3, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library. Students will enjoy complimentary snacks, bluebooks and scantrons.

EXTREME PB&J: It's peanut butter jelly time! Nosh on some free PB&J sandwiches with all the trimmings on Wednesday, May 3, from 3-5 p.m. in the University Center Tejas Lounge. Free and open to all TAMU-CC students.

TREAT YO SELF: It's time to treat yo self, Islanders! Enjoy free manicures on Thursday, May 4, from 2-5 p.m. in the University Center Jetty Room.

MAY THE 4TH BE WITH YOU - PAINTING PARTY: Our Jedislanders can unwind by painting a free, custom Star Wars/TAMU-CC themed painting while also enjoying popcorn, games, and more on Thursday, May 4, from 10 a.m.-noon in the University Center Oso Room. Advance RSVP required.

PATIO RELAXATION: Ease into the weekend with some free, relaxing activities on the University Center South Patio on Friday, May 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

HAMMOCK HANGOUT: Come veg on free snacks and hang out in our hammocks available for free rental by the hour on Monday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Center Palm Court Plaza (near the Anchor statue).

YOGA ON THE LAWN: Research shows that practicing yoga can help relax both your body and your mind by releasing tension that accumulates in the muscles and calming the brain. Free your mind and keep the positive energy flowing through finals on Monday, May 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the University Center East Lawn. Free and open to the campus community.

CEREAL BAR AND CARTOONS: Who said cereal and cartoons were restricted to Saturday mornings? Come grab from our free cereal bar and kick back with some cartoons on Tuesday, May 9, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the University Center Tejas Lounge.

HENNA TATTOOS & MASSAGES: What better way to release some tension than with a massage? Partake in just that, as well as henna tattoos, as we wrap up final exams on Wednesday, May 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center Rotunda. Free and open to all TAMU-CC students.

COLORING SHEETS: Sleep deprived from those all-night study sessions? Mentally exhausted from flipping through flash cards and reading test reviews? Have no fear! Our Islander-inspired adult coloring pages can offer you a bit of stress relief!

BREAKERS GAME ROOM: Boasting billiards, air hockey, video games, and more, Breakers Game Room is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is a great place to blow off steam between exams. Located on the first floor of the University Center, all games are free to play for TAMU-CC students.

SLEEP POD: Feeling the effects of that all-nighter? Catch up on some zzz's in the university's sleep pod, located in the Island Hall gym (between the Grace and Power rooms)! A quick power nap can make you more alert, increase mental performance, and improve your memory - all important things to consider during final exams.

Don't forget to touch your foot to Dr. Hector P. Garcia's statue for some extra luck on those exams!

Wishing all of our Islanders continued success now through the end of final exams!

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