University Housing helps students cope with stress throughout finals

By Emily Sokolik

To help students cope with a difficult final exam schedule, University housing provides residents with a number of perks throughout the week.

“During finals, we offer snack breaks on all floors for our residents,” said Kirsten Ruby, assistant director of marketing for University Housing.

Residence halls can be loud and chaotic during most days of the year, Ruby said. But during this week, students can come home to silence. Ruby said all residence halls enforce 24-hour quiet periods that start at the beginning of finals week. University Housing also strives to make residence halls a place where students can feel comfortable cracking open the books.

“We have a lot of common rooms here in student housing that are used by student groups or are reserved for meetings,” Ruby said. “They’re all open during finals so anyone who needs a quiet place to study can go there.”

Final exams cause high stress levels for many students. Ruby said most resident hall advisers plan special floor activities to keep residents anxiety-free.

“Resident advisers often do some kind of stress-relieving programs and schedule a few study breaks,” she said. “We want to make sure everyone is getting through in a good mood.”

Allen Hall, 1005 W. Gregory Drive in Urbana, offers students several opportunities for relaxation. In between studying, residents are invited to attend free yoga classes or informal movie nights.

“We really have a lot going on,” Ruby said.

Students living in private certified housing are also accommodated during final exam week. Brittany Mitacek, freshman in AHS, is a resident and front desk employee of Bromley Hall, 910 S. Third St. in Champaign. She said resident advisers in Bromley Hall also plan opportunities for de-stressing.

“Depending on your floor, there are a few different events going on to help students,” Mitacek said.

Quiet hours are also imposed during all times of the week, similar to University Housing.

“If students want to study here, our cafeteria is open from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m,” Mitacek added.

While residence halls strive to accommodate students during finals, off-campus locations are often popular studying choices. Many students enjoy cramming at coffee shops, said Jennifer Iversen, manager for the Espresso Royale located at 602 E. Daniel.

Residence halls may present students with advantages like free food, but don’t count on those kind of deals everywhere.

“As far as drink specials, we don’t really have much going on,” Iversen said.