By Andrew Kent — 

Finals week is here and Ekstrom Library is packed with students prepping for the final exams and taking care of last minute assignments.

The east wing of the library (where the majority of the computers are) stays open until 2 a.m., while the west wing is open 24 hours a day to students.

The two weeks following Thanksgiving break are always stressful for students because of the large amount of assignments due before finals.

In the coming weeks, students utilize the library from morning until the wee hours of the night.

Procrastination reigns true in some circumstances, as you see certain students scrambling to finish out assignments. Some, on the other hand, have spent the semester staying on top of their assignments and exams.

“I try to prep for finals week by studying as much as I possibly can. I don’t want to overdo it and add on to the stress, but most importantly, I like to make sure I have enough rest and coffee to add on,” U of L senior Taylor Endler said.

Coffee is a strong component in the realm of finals week and it comes in no short supply. Starbucks is now in Ekstrom Library and it stays consistently busy throughout the day and night.

“Honestly, I always just go get a coffee from Starbucks and find a desk in the corner of the library, put in my headphones and go into my own world,” U of L senior Abbie Chambers said.

Caffeine and solitude seem to be right at the forefront of every student’s ritual for the end of the semester.

With all of the updated campus amenities, there are vast amounts of locations in and around Ekstrom to grind out the last chunk of coursework.

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