AU helps students prepare for finals week

Phillips Library will extend its hours prior to and during final exams week.

Phillips Library will extend its hours prior to and during final exams week.

With finals week approaching (December 9-13), the Aurora University community will continue its tradition of helping students prepare for final exams and offer opportunities for much-needed study breaks.

“Study and Snack” will return in Phillips Library December 2-5 and 9-10, beginning at 7:00 p.m. each evening. The Office of Alumni Relations and Sodexo will sponsor the events which will offer students cookies, hot cocoa and other free treats. In addition, the Phillips Library staff will be providing free coffee to students who need a pick-me-up throughout finals week and the library will have extended hours of operation. Phillips Library will remain open until 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, December 6-7. And Monday-Wednesday of finals week, December 9-11, the library will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

The Office of Student Activities also will be hosting a variety of activities. On Tuesday, December 3, students are invited to participate in “Massage on the Go and Meditative Coloring” from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Dunham Hall Atrium where they can relax with a free massage and calm their nerves by channeling their inner child with meditative coloring. On Thursday, December 5, students are encouraged to head over to the cafeteria and enjoy free pancakes for the semi-annual “Pancake Night” from 10:00 to 11:45 p.m.

To help relieve stress, the Wellness Center began a series of activities in early November that will continue throughout finals time. Students are invited to stop by and relax while coloring, playing with Play-Doh, making holiday ornaments, solving puzzles and playing games.

Several student organizations will also host events throughout the next week, including the AU Animal Rights Organization who will have Therapy Dogs in the Dunham Hall Atrium Thursday, December 5 and Friday, December 6 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Research shows that interacting with pets can help decrease stress hormones, so all are welcome to stop by and visit these playful pets.

Visit SpartanNet for more final week activities and details.