The Final Countdown a guide to surviving (and thriving) during the final exams period at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

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 prepare!


Not sure when your exam is? The final exam period will last from May 3-9. Final grades will be posted on S.A.I.L. sometime between May 14-17.


SEE WHICH dining locations will be open to help keep you fueled during the final exams period.


All current students are encouraged to evaluate their instructors by completing a course evaluation. The survey period will remain open online through Friday, May 3. Survey results are anonymous and used to help faculty enhance and improve their courses.


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 Academic Student Achievement (CASA). See the link below to learn about available tutoring, supplemental instruction, academic mentorships, and the Writing Center.


Looking for 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 a day Monday-Thursday, with extended hours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday beginning the last week of classes through the end of the final exams period.

The Mary and Jeff Bell Library provides a Super Quiet Study Room on the building's second floor in Room 216B. This area can be used by library patrons that require an unobtrusive space to study and are willing to promote as noiseless an environment as possible for its users.

Students can also utilize the library's computer labs and private study rooms. Each floor contains white boards and smart boards, open study areas for individuals and groups, and knowledgeable staff ready to assist you with your questions. Students can use their SandDollar$ ID to reserve one of 15 study rooms at the Circulation Desk.

Ear plugs are also available at public service locations (Ask Us, Circulation, and Media) for those desiring a little extra quiet time to study.

You can even wish your fellow Islanders luck by writing on the Board of Motivation!

GROW Grad Suite

Graduate students can take advantage of the designated quiet area in GROW's large study room at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Room 220, from April 29-May 6. Grad students can also reserve a study room in advance. Free coffee is available, or you can bring your own K-Cup to brew! GROW will be providing complimentary snacks, flavored coffees, and hot cocoa all day for graduate students as they prepare for their exams.

Faculty Center

Need a quiet place to study that's in close proximity to Starbucks? Try the open study area located in the Faculty Center.

University Center

The University Center is a great place to grab some food to fuel you through those study sessions, as well as a place where you can purchase blue books, scantrons, and other supplies you may need for your exams. The Rotunda and Tejas Lounge make for great areas to meet with group members, classmates, or friends to get some extra study time in!

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Plaza

Take your study session outside and get some fresh air while studying in Dr. Hector P. Garcia Plaza!

O'Connor Building

The breakout rooms located on the 2nd floor of the O'Connor Building are the perfect place for individual or group study sessions!

Center for Instruction

The Center for Instruction courtyard is another great area to get a study session in!


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!

STRESS RELIEF YOGA WORKSHOP: Lower your stress levels through exercising your mind and body by taking part in the Psychopharmacology Club's Stress Relief Yoga Workshop happening on Wednesday, May 1, from 2-3 p.m. on the Bay Hall Lawn.

LATE NIGHT BREAKFAST: It's rough studying for exams on an empty stomach. Come enjoy a free meal (as well as giveaways and karaoke) on us Wednesday, May 1, from 9:30 p.m. to midnight at the University Center during Late Night Breakfast! Free for all TAMU-CC students with a valid SandDollar$ ID.

BOOKS & BAGELS: Enjoy free bagels, coffee, and giveaways, courtesy of the Islander Alumni Association, during Books and Bagels on Thursday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the Mary & Jeff Bell Library.

PAWS ON THE ISLAND: Take a break from studying and spend some quality time with a furry friend! Therapy dogs and lovable cats will be available for the campus community on Thursday, May 2, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the University Center, Lonestar Ballroom. The event is co-sponsored by the University Counseling Center, which will be on hand with fun and games to help lower stress levels as Islanders prepare for exams. The event is free and open to the campus community.

POP THAT STRESS OFF!: Join UCP on the University Center Sea Breeze Patio to Pop that stress off! De-stress by squeezing bubble wrap and enjoy free chicken quesadillas with your fellow Islanders on Friday, May 3, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

ICE CREAM FLOATS AND BEYOND THE LIGHTS MOVIE: I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream... err, just not that loud because we'll also be screening a movie! Take a break from studying and join UCP for Ice Cream Floats and Beyond the Lights movie at the University Center Tejas Lounge on Monday, May 6, starting at 11 a.m. while supplies last!

PAINT EXPLOSION!: Throw your cares away by tossing some balloons filled with paint at a big canvas to help us create an original Islander artwork during Paint Explosion! happening Tuesday, May 7, on the UC East Lawn from 1:30-3:30 p.m.

STUDENT PICNIC: The College of Science and Engineering invites all COSE undergraduate students graduating this spring to the Graduating Undergraduate c/o Spring 2019 Picnic happening Tuesday, May 7, on the Bay Hall Lawn from 2-4 p.m. Enjoy free food, lots of fun, and much more!

TREAT YOURSELF: Finals have you skipping that trip to the salon? No need to neglect those nails! Get your nails polished for free on Wednesday, May 8, from 2-4:30 p.m in the University Center Jetty Room!

HENNA TATTOOS: Stop by the University Center Rotunda on Thursday, May 9, from 11 a.m. until supplies run out for a free henna tattoo from a professional artist!

TAI CHI AND YOGA: Improve your mental health while increasing your physical health by taking free tai chi and yoga classes. Yoga classes will be offered on Mondays from noon-1 p.m. and tai chi classes will be offered Wednesdays from noon-1 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center (PAC).

MARY AND JEFF BELL LIBRARY: Take a break from the textbooks and enjoy coloring books, puzzles, games, and other fun activities available during final exams at the Mary and Jeff Bell Library!

SIGN UP TO USE TAO: Feeling overwhelmed? There's an app for that! Therapy Assistance Online (TAO) gives TAMU-CC students 24/7 access to mobile-friendly self-help and therapy tools. The service is accessible online via phone, tablet, or computer and made free of charge to TAMU-CC students through the University Counseling Center.

RELAXATION ROOM: Need to relax? The Relaxation Room is here to provide a quiet, peaceful space for students to develop and practice relaxation skills that can enhance their academic productivity and their sense of well-being. The Counseling Center's hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The center is closed daily from noon-1 p.m.

SLEEP POD: Feeling the effects of that all-nighter? Catch up on some Zzz's in the university's sleep pod, located in the Dugan Wellness Center (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. To reserve the sleep pod, contact the Dugan Wellness Center at (361) 825-2170.

Don't forget to touch the foot of 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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