Best Places for ACES - Finals 2015 Edition

Best Places for ACES - Finals 2015 Edition

Dec 8
Katie Burns, Junior in Agricultural Leadership and Science Education

It’s that time of the semester again -- finals are fast approaching! It’s important to find the best study spots that are quiet and give the best snacks to keep us focused.

I asked a few of my friends to suggest their favorite places to study.

ACES Library: Of course! The library is incredibly spacious and has big desks so you can spread your work all over them. As an added bonus, you can schedule a room for a quiet group study environment. Also, there is a big computer lab downstairs for getting those final project PowerPoints completed. 

IGB Cafeteria: Located in the Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology on the ground floor, this area is reasonably quiet and is full of natural light.

Bevier Café or Bevier Commons: Both rooms are located on the second floor of Bevier Hall. They are great places to stop during the day to study or work on a project. Plus Bevier Café always has a great dessert selection every day. Stop by for lunch (and dessert) from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

I know the deeper we get into finals week, the harder it becomes to find the motivation to cook. So I have compiled a list of great places to eat where you can get the extra bang for your buck.

Papa Del's: The lunch special is $3 for a huge slice of pizza. You can also order the breadsticks for $5, which come with two dipping sauces. It’s worth the money, and I guarantee leftovers for your next meal. 

Antonio's: Another great pizza place on campus where you can buy by the slice -- all day. I recommend the Mac N' Cheese pizza or the Chicken Bacon Ranch. You can’t go wrong either way. Plus, if you buy two slices, you get the 3rd free.

Culver's: Located just off campus, you can use your iCard to get 10% off your order. The frozen custard is the just the sweet treat you need to continue studing.   

Pandamonium Donuts: Open at 7:30 a.m., stop by on your way to your 8 a.m. final to grab a donut. Follow them on Instagram (@pandadoughnutcu) and see the amazing creations they come up with. They are usually located on the corner of Goodwin Avenue & Oregon Street, directly in front of the Krannert Center for Performing Arts & Expresso Royale.

Need a place that’s open late?

Jimmy John's: Freaky fast and freaky good. Enough said. Most locations are open until 3 a.m., and they deliver anywhere on campus. Keep studying. Have it delivered.

Insomnia Cookies: Open until 3 a.m., feed that hankering for a triple chocolate chip cookie! Better yet, they deliver! Make sure you have milk. What is a cookie good for without milk to dunk it in?

Merry Ann's: With multiple locations open for 24 hours, check out this local favorite. The waitresses always keep filling your coffee or water. Plus, who doesn't love good breakfast food?! 

Finally, as my grandma always said, “This too shall pass.” Finals will come to an end, and we will be ready for the much needed winter break. Good Luck Illini! Study Hard!

ACES Library