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Taking a Break
 
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Hello Graduate Student,
 
You’re into the home stretch of Finals Week! Take a moment to reflect on all your accomplishments and what you’ve learned. Once your work for the term is done, it is time to take a well-deserved break and enjoy some down-time. The break is also a great time to get a head start on some tasks as there are fewer distractions. Check out our blog on using your Winter Break, and remember that play is a productive use of your time too.
 
 
 
Campus Spotlight
 

The Undergraduate Library is not just for undergraduates. They also have novels, audio books, and movies that you can check out. See their blog for tips on things you can access during a break.

Dial-a-Carol is a great tradition in the Illinois housing community. This year, the Dial-a-Carol lines open at 12 AM on December 13th, and they will be answering calls and singing for an entire week until 11:59 p.m. on December 19.

 
 
 
Community Spotlight
 

Now is a great time to continue to explore your wider community. This could mean holiday light displays, community art spaces, music and food, or outdoor activities. Your local community activity guides are a great source of information. For Champaign-Urbana, here are some good sources for local listings:

 
 
 
Next Steps
 

Final grades will be available on December 29 via Self-Service.

If you would like to start planning for spring, here are the key dates on the Registrar’s Calendar for Spring 2019.

Many campus offices will be closed from December 24 through January 1. Some offices and services may also have limited hours before instruction begins. If you need a question answered, we encourage you to visit the office/service website to check their winter break hours to plan your visit.

In October, we included a highlight on Campus Recreation. Both the CRCE and Ice Arena will be open over winter break, but check the hours before heading over.

For more fun, come visit Board Game Day in Grainger Library Room 433. The Counseling Center will host two board game sessions, one on Thursday, December 20, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and the other on Friday, January 11, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

 
 
 
 
 

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