During Finals Week, it’s easy to forget those last few things on your to-do list.
1. Take a Study Break – Make these last few days on campus before the semester ends worth it.
If your summer is going to be anything like mine, your days are limited until work, internships, summer school, awkward reunions with hometown friends and cheesy family vacations take over your life. While you’re still here, take some time to hang out in the arboretum on a sunny afternoon, play frisbee in Polk Place or have a night out with friends. With all the stress of exams, it’s hard to remember that it will be a solid three and a half months before most of us get to come back to the Hill.
Here are some events happening around campus to help you prepare for your exams:
- Finals Boot Camp, April 24-May 3 in SASB North. Stop by the Learning Center for snacks, quiet study areas, raffles and mini-workshops.
- P.A.S.S. Exam Support Fair, Monday, April 29, 6-8 p.m. in the Union Great Hall. This event includes massages, craft stations, gaming stations, blue books, scantrons, make-your-own trail mix bar, pizza, Med Deli and much more! Sponsored by Student Wellness and Housing and Residential Education.
- Reading Day Stress Relief with Campus Rec, Monday, April 29 in the SRC. Zumba: 4-5 p.m., Cardio Blast: 5:15-6 p.m., Muscle Cut: 6:15-7 p.m., Bliss Down Yoga: 7:15-8:15 p.m.
2. Keep it Quiet (at least sort of) – 2 a.m. dance parties? Ain’t nobody got time for that. Finals Week is obviously a really stressful time. Just be respectful and keep the noise to a minimum so that everyone can study and get a good night’s rest. Mandatory quiet hours will begin Friday, April 26 at 9 p.m. and will end Wednesday, May 8 at 10 a.m.
3. Change Your Address – Mail is NOT forwarded after you move out! Residential mail delivery ends on Friday, May 7, so don’t forget to change your address directly with your family and friends, bank, credit cards, cell phone provider, magazines, newspaper and other important places of business to ensure you receive your mail after the semester ends.
4. Spring Cleaning – It’s always the absolute worst part about moving out. The sooner you get it over with, the better. Before you leave, make sure your side of the room is the same way it was when you first moved in. If you don’t have cleaning supplies, there are plenty available for you to check out in your residence hall’s community office.
Here’s a basic checklist:
- Return any checked-out spare keys and enhancement items.
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org for any repairs or maintenance requests.
- Double check all drawers and closets for personal items.
- Defrost your refrigerator at least 24 hours ahead of time.
- Clean the bathroom.
- Wipe down desks, dressers and window sills.
- Take trash to the dumpsters and recycling to the blue bins.
- Lock all windows and close blinds.
- Remove hooks and tape residue from walls and ceilings.
- Sweep and mop floors.
5. Don’t ditch it. Donate it! – (Insert your own clever, obligatory “Thrift Shop” reference here.)
You know all that stuff you find mysteriously hidden in the back of your closet when you’re packing that you completely forgot about for months? Why not donate it? Drop your gently used items at the collection station in your residential community. Proceeds from donation or recycling of the items will benefit TROSA, American Greenz and Paws4Ever.
In 2012, students diverted nearly 28 tons of waste (about 15 full dumpsters) from the landfill. This year, we’re aiming for “16 DUMPSTERS!” to beat our numbers from last year.
It takes the same amount of effort to take a rug to the collection station as it does to throw it in the dumpster, so help us divert #16dumpsters’ worth of items from the landfill. Donation stations will be open starting Monday, April 29, 2013.
Here’s what you can donate: Clothes, shoes, books, appliances, household items, imperishable food, school supplies, electronics, and furniture that isn’t broken. Carpets – even dirty, gross ones – can also be donated at the collection station. Take your broken futon frames outside by the dumpster and place them in an area marked “bulky waste.”
6. Summer Storage Made Easy – It beats lugging it all home instead! Consider summer storage with Campus Carriers, a new partnership service from RHA. They’ll pick up your stuff at your residence hall when you move out and deliver it to you when you come back to Chapel Hill. This is an especially great option for out-of-state students!
7. Check Out – It’s sad now, but you’ll be back in Chapel Hill before you know it. After your room is clean and your belongings are completely moved out, go to your residence hall’s community office. An RA will go with you to check your room to make sure it’s clean and there are no damages.
If you have a roommate, only your side of the room must be completely cleared out and cleaned in order for the RA to check you out of the room. Once an RA has checked you out of your room, make sure to sign your Key Card and turn in your room key/flex pass.
8. Don’t Get Fined – Avoid getting a $25 improper check-out fee. As long as you make sure to thoroughly clean your room, check out with an RA and turn in your keys/flex pass, you’ll be ok!
9. Move Out on Time – For all non-graduating students, residence halls will close at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 (or Monday, May 13, 2013 at 4 p.m. for all students transitioning to on-campus summer housing). You must move out of your residence hall within 24 hours of your last exam. Applications for Summer School housing will be accepted until May 1 at 11:59 p.m.
10. You’re Done! – Have an awesome summer 🙂