Students sit at a library table studying
Students take advantage of the quiet of the library to prepare for finals. Photo by Lee Choo

Final exams are approaching, but luckily, at CSUN, they’re also accompanied by a variety of events designed to offer support, some supplies, a snack, a breather or even just a laugh. Read on for details of resources on campus to help you through the tests and deadlines.

“Crunch Time” in the University Student Union is a tradition that is not to be missed! It includes two weeks of activities designed to help ease the stress of exams. Painting, popcorn and play time with puppies are just some of the offerings for Matadors who need a break from the grind. 

This year, Crunch Time events begin on May 6 and continue through May 9, in the University Student Union (USU) Plaza del Sol. The week’s focus will be on relaxing events, including canvas and tote bag painting, flower bouquet making and a puppy petting session. Week 2 begins on May 13 and runs through May 16 — its focus is fueling students with fabulous food — including continental breakfast and chilaquiles. 

During both weeks, free supplies, like pencils, pens, notebooks and Scantrons will be available. See below for dates and times. 

Additionally, there will be study rooms available in the USU’s East Conference Center during the next two weeks from 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Week 1: 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., University Student Union, Plaza del Sol

*All week: create your own “snack pack” to keep your energy up for studying!

Monday, May 6: Painting projects: Paint a tote bag or a canvas.

Tuesday, May 7: Make your own floral bouquet.

Wednesday, May 8: Aroma-blending with the Oasis Wellness Center and chakra readings.

Thursday, May 9: Puppy party and bracelet making! Pet some playful pups, bedazzle yourself with a bracelet and de-stress.

Week 2: 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., University Student Union, Plaza del Sol

Monday, May 13: Continental breakfast

Tuesday, May 14: Food and drinks from Porto’s

Wednesday, May 15: Chilaquiles

Thursday, May 16: Breakfast burritos

But Wait, There’s More! Check Out the University Library:

Extended study hours in the library:

May 7-16: 7 a.m. to 2:45 a.m.

May 17: 7 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.

PLUS: The University Library is hosting “The Finals Countdown” with fun events starting May 7

Tuesday, May 7: Button-making, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., courtesy of the Creative Maker Studio and Goat Therapy from 4:30-6:30 on the Bayramian Lawn (west of the University Library).

Wednesday, May 8: Origami, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., Build-Your-Own Finals Survival Kit, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Button Making, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. 

Thursday, May 9: Origami, 1 p.m.-3 p.m., and Build Your Own Finals Survival Kit, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.

Friday, May 10: Build Your Own Finals Survival Kit, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Mother’s Day Card Making Station

Saturday and Sunday May 10 and May 11: Mother’s Day Card Making Station

Monday, May 13: Build Your Own Finals Survival Kit, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

In Addition: 

If you just need a laugh, Associated Students is hosting “Finals are a DRAG” on May 9 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the USU, featuring performances by drag queens and kings. There will be supplies and snacks for students, as well as a bingo game with prizes.

You got this, Matadors! Now, go to it!

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