Entering into the last week of classes, students on USC’s campus are preparing for the impending onslaught of final exams. Here are all the things you should know going into the exam season.
There are numerous spots on campus students flock to during the end of the semester to accommodate for their studying needs.
For students looking for a quiet place, Leavey Library, the only 24-hour library on campus, is silent and has cubicle-like desks available on four floors. King Hall, located above the Starbucks at Café 84, is another popular spot that has individual rooms and makes for a quiet atmosphere to set up camp for a productive study session.
“My favorite is probably just Leavey,” USC freshman Eliza Beyers said. “It is where I can be most productive because nobody talks and I can’t talk to other people without feeling judged.”
USC junior Chandler Lawn said Doheny Library is her favorite place to study.
“There’s so many different areas to choose from, and there’s a cafe right next door,” Lawn said, referring to LiteraTea, a coffee shop which serves everything from matcha lattes to boba.
Doheny’s main hall resembles a classic library setting and is always packed by students towards the end of each semester, but there are many more obscure spots to be found in the library that are just as conducive for productive student work. The building also includes the Music Library and the East Asian Library.
Some facilities extended their hours to accommodate the larger demand for study space during finals weeks. Doheny will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. starting from Saturday, Dec. 7 to Tuesday, Dec. 17. Hours for all of the libraries on campus can be found on the USC Libraries website.
The Ronald Tutor Campus Center also extended its hours on study days; the Forum, the Franklin Suite, conference rooms and lounges will be open from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Dec. 10-12 and Dec. 15-17.
With this time of the semester being stressful for many students, it is also important to keep mental health a top priority while studying for exams and finishing up projects.
One resource that students can utilize is USC Libraries’ Study On! event which will take place during study days, Dec. 9-11 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Students will be able to go outside Leavey Library for a mindful break indulging in free snacks and beverages, study tips and stress-relieving activities.
The Ronald Tutor Campus Center scheduled a string of events, dubbed “Well-Being Wednesdays,” “Thriving Thursdays” and “Feel Good Fridays,” all geared towards aiding students with any feelings of stress and anxiety. “Thriving Thursdays,” the newest installment of the three, is led by Counseling and Mental Health Services, which is a division of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the USC Keck School of Medicine. This particular session is designed to assist any feelings of grief and loss students may be feeling from their experiences over the school year, according to the event’s description on the USC Event Calendar.
The Office of Religious Life planned its own events to aid stress during finals season as well. Yoga sessions will take Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Friday, Dec. 6 in the University Religious Center, and another will be in the Fisher Museum on Thursday, Dec. 5. The People of Color Meditation Practice Group will also be meeting in the University Religious Center meeting every Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. until the end of the semester.
GEN-ZiNE, a student-run publication, organized a health and wellness discussion which is planned to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4 with their staff and readers around “topics ranging from toxic masculinity, binge-drinking, hook-up and diet culture, and how they manifest on a college campus, and [their] consequences,” according to their event description.