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How to Survive (and Thrive) During Finals Week These helpful resources will make this finals week as stress-free as possible.

The holidays are so close but there’s one hurdle left to conquer: finals. If finals week is your nemesis, have no fear. Chapman University offers excellent quiet study spaces and relaxation resources that will keep you ready to tackle the curveballs this last week throws at you.

Pro Tip: Be sure to bookmark the Fall 2019 finals schedule.

Beyond that quick lifesaver, here’s what we’ve got to help you.

Take Advantage of Leatherby Libraries’ Extended Hours

Leatherby Libraries is officially open 24 hours a day now through Friday, Dec. 13 at 10 p.m. During the late-night hours, the following services will be available: circulation services, bookable study rooms and print and copy services.

For a quick sugar break, check out the Cookie Study Break tables located on floors 1, 2 and 3. Vegan and gluten-free cookies, as well as some healthy snack options, will also be available at the circulation desk for students upon request.

Now through Thursday, Dec. 12, there will be coffee available on the 1st floor of the library.

Public Safety will make rounds periodically throughout the night and the security monitor stationed on the Rotunda will also be on duty. Students using the library can contact Public Safety for an escort to their vehicles or back to the residence halls.

Study at the Student Union and the Cross-Cultural Center

If you’ve had your fill of the library, check out the Student Union, open 24 hours a day now through Friday, Dec. 13. The Student Union stage area has been converted into a relaxing space with additional tables and seating for students to de-stress and study. Also, the information desk is handing out free scantrons.

Einstein Bagels will have extended hours of 7–1 a.m. starting on Tuesday, Dec. 10 through Thursday.

Please note that Monday, Dec. 9, the Student Union will close at 3 p.m. in order to accommodate Midnight Breakfast.

For a change-of-scenery, check out the Cross-Cultural Center, open 24 hours a day now through Friday, Dec.13 at 5 p.m.

Take a Break at Midnight Breakfast

University Program Board invites you to a long-standing student tradition, Midnight Breakfast, on Monday, Dec. 9, from 10 p.m. to midnight in the Student Union. Enjoy free breakfast, watch performances by talented student groups, hang out with your friends and chat with Dean Price and other administrators. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available as well.

Relax and Refocus With Open Labyrinth Walks

Labyrinth Walks will be offered on Monday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Take a break from studying and enter into a spirit of contemplation and relaxation with this meditative experience.

Get Moving at the Rec

Throughout finals week Fitness and Recreation Services will be continuing the Barre, Pilates, Cardio Kickboxing, and Spin GroupX fitness classes. The finals week schedule is as follows:

  • Barre
    • Monday,  Dec. 9, 5–6 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 3–4 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m.–noon
  • Cardio Kickboxing
    • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 6–7 p.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 12, 11 a.m.–noon
  • Pilates
    • Monday, Dec. 9, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
  • Spin
    • Monday, Dec. 9, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 10, 1:30–2:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7–7:30 p.m.

Stay Focused, Stay Safe

Download the Panther Guardian app to keep yourself safe during those late-night study sessions. The app allows you to set a safety timer that will notify people you trust to check on you if you are alone or in an unfamiliar place. If you feel unsafe or are in trouble, it’s easy to call Public Safety or text tips—including photos—if you see something suspicious.

Operation Saferide is a service provided by the University to escort students, faculty, staff and visitors around Chapman University. It’s free of charge and easy to use. Simply call (714) 997-6680 if you need a ride near campus. The hours of operation are Monday through Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m., Thursday, 7:30 p.m. to 1:45 a.m., and Friday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to 2:15 a.m.

Remember to keep an eye on your personal belongings as you take breaks from studying. Consider registering your laptop, cellphone, tablet or other devices with the Office of Public Safety. Serial numbers on these devices uniquely identify them, which helps authorities identify your property more quickly if your devices are lost or stolen.

Remember to Return or Sell Your Books to the Bookstore

If you have not yet sold your books back to the Bookstore, now is the time. You can receive back up to 50% of new book prices on titles that will be used during interterm and spring 2020. Prices will be based on condition, market value and campus requirements. The Bookstore will buy your books back, no matter where you bought them.

Saturday, Dec. 14 is the final day for rental check-in or rental-to-purchase conversions. If you check in your fall rental titles by Saturday you will incur no additional fees.

Bookstore hours this week are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (Thursday open until 6 p.m.), and Saturday 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

You’re Almost There!

The @lifeatCU Twitter and Instagram will also be providing helpful tips for Finals Week! If you have any questions or need any more information regarding the specified events, please feel free to contact those listed above.

Stephanie House