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Reading Day and Finals Week Events

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Counseling Resources

The Counseling Center is accessible for same day appointments and consultations. Contact them at (217) 333-3704.


Study Locations at the Illini Union

The Illini Union is turning several building areas into dedicated study spaces on Reading Day and into Finals Week:

Thursday, December 12 - READING DAY
Courtyard Cafe, Pine Lounge, President's Lounge, South Lounge, Illini Rooms ABC

December 12-20
Signs will be up throughout the Illini Union indicating study spaces. There will be several dedicated to studying every day.


The end of the semester can be tough. Deadlines, late nights, concern over grades, and worries about summer plans can add up to a lot of stress. The good news is we're here to help you take care of yourself during this hectic time. Check out these events and resources for opportunities to recharge and de-stress.

Also, use #FinishStrong on Facebook and Twitter to share your tips for managing end-of-the-semester stress.


December 11 - Reading Day Eve

Midnight Breakfast

Location: Ike Dining Center and LAR Dining Hall
Time: 11pm-1am


RSO Late Night Breakfast

Location: Student Organization Complex
Time: 9pm-Midnight
A social gathering for all RSOs! Enjoy a buffet of breakfast food catered by Einstein Bros Bagels. There will be video games and board games.

December 12 - Reading Day

Reading Day at KCPA

Location: KCPA lobby and Stage 5
Time: 10am

Looking for a casual place to study on Reading Day? Krannert Center has got your back: plenty of seating with charging stations, delicious food and beverages from Intermezzo cafe, and more.


DeStress Fest at the UGL

Location: upper level of the UGL
Time: Noon-11pm
Take a break, de-stress, and refresh at the UGL. Enjoy gaming, trivia, vintage video games, crafts, stress management strategies, research and writing help, and more!



Reading Day at the ARC

Location: Activities and Recreation Center (lobby)
Time: 11am-1pm

Join us for a afternoon of fun, games, free food, and giveaways! There will be Jarling's Custard Cup, Jimmy John's, Salad Meister, Insomnia Cookies, and more!



Snyder Hall
December 12-18 (24 hours a day/7 days a week)

This is the longest running tradition at University Housing. For one week, anyone from around the world can call the phone lines, 24/7, and request any holiday song, then we'll do our best to sing our hearts out. The best part? It's completely FREE. Call: 217-332-1882.


Finals Week: December 12-22

Bowl Off Steam Finals Week Special

Need to blow off some steam after your finals or just need to take a break in between? Stop in the Rec Room for a deal guaranteed to relieve your stress. Your choice of rates - $2.70/game/person or $16/hour/lane (prorated for the time you bowl).

Location: Illini Union Rec Room
Time: 11:30am-Close - click here for hours
Price: $2.70/game/person OR $16/hour/lane

Contact the Illini Union Rec Room at for more information.