Published: Dec. 1, 2021

There are many activities happening on campus as the semester comes to an end. Take advantage of these free student events, ranging from preparing for finals, taking study breaks, game nights and more!

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December: Mental health is doing your best

 Through December Time varies Location varies
Whether it’s papers, presentations or exams, finals can be demanding on our minds and bodies. As you focus on the last few weeks of the semester, self-care may be one of the last things on our minds. Regardless of what your finals look like this semester, review upcoming events to focus on self-care and help you finish strong. 

Career workshops

 Through December  Time varies  Virtual
Are you looking for ways to grow your network? How about learning how to create a résumé or cover letter that will get noticed by employers? Career Services will host weekly workshops to guide you in your professional development. This month’s sessions include:

Preparing for Finals

 Dec. 1  3–4 p.m. Virtual
Attend this workshop to find the best test-taking strategy for you and learn how to create a study schedule for your final exams. This presentation is open to all students. Join via Zoom to prepare for your finals. 

CU Off-Campus Housing Fair

 Dec. 1  4–7 p.m.  Village Center, Multipurpose Room
Are you looking for a place to live for next year? Then attend the Off-Campus Housing Fair to meet with property managers and landlords, and learn more about what properties are available. Get tips for how to live off campus and enjoy some free food and giveaways while you’re there!

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Tournament

 Dec. 1  5–9 p.m. UMC, The Connection
Show off your skills at a video game tournament! Sign-up starts at 4 p.m. at The Connection front desk. Co-hosted by CU Gaming and The Connection.

Environmental Board Meetings

 Dec. 1, 8  6:15–7:30 p.m.  Eaton Humanities, Humanities Lobby
Want to learn how to help make our campus greener and more socially just? Then attend an Environmental Board (EBoard) meeting. As a member, you will help oversee activities, budget and programs of the nation's largest student-run environmental center. All while working directly with students and administrators to catalyze change.

Think About It Thursdays

 Dec. 2  1–2 p.m. Virtual
Take a break from school and join Thursday sessions where you’ll learn new things on specific topics. This month’s topic is how to celebrate safely as finals approach.

Guided Paint Class

 Dec. 2  7 p.m.  UMC 235
Join your fellow art aficionados to create a work of art even a beginner painter can be proud of. This is a great way to meet fellow Buffs while creating a snowy scenery to add to your seasonal decoration. Each event is limited to the first 50 students, and all supplies are included. Registration is required.

Karaoke Nights

 Dec. 2  7–9 p.m. UMC, The Connection
Here’s your chance to take your best rendition of “Billie Jean” or “Oops!... I Did It Again” to the people! Join this event for a night of great music and a fun time with friends. 

First-Gen Fridays: Hot Cocoa To Go Go

 Dec. 3  10:30 a.m. to noon  C4C, N320
It’s cold outside! Come warm up with the Office of First-Generation Programs & Enrichment in the Center for Inclusion and Social Change. Take a break from studying and have some hot chocolate or warm apple cider. Open to all first-generation students.

Feel Good Fridays

 Dec. 3  12:15–12:45 p.m.  CU Art Museum
Come learn about a work of art and then participate in a related mindfulness practice. Join in the museum galleries in person or virtually via Zoom. The powerful, guided meditation can undo stress, soothe the nervous system and help you feel relaxed and revitalized. All are welcome. Register in advance for virtual attendance. 

CU on Friday

 Dec. 3  4–6 p.m.  UMC, The Connection
Connect with your community at this fun UMC tradition! December’s theme is “Home for the Holidays.” Come decorate your own gingerbread house while enjoying a warm bowl of chili and cornbread! Plus, there will be half-price bowling and billiards during the event. 

Club 156 Winter Concert

 Dec. 3  6:30 p.m.  UMC, Club 156
Get in the holiday spirit with fellow Buffs and join Program Council for their winter concert! Enjoy performances by Branson and Trueth. 

Buffs After Dark: Glow-in-the-dark Basketball

 Dec. 3  8–10 p.m.  Rec Center
Come to the Rec Center for an evening of free glow-in-the-dark basketball! Don’t forget to bring your Buff OneCard to enter. 

Queer Cheer

 Dec. 6  10 a.m.–4 p.m.  C4C, N320
Take a study break with the Pride Office! Decorate a cookie, enjoy a warm beverage and pick up some self-care goodies. 

Fun Before Finals: Grab-n-Go Goodie Bags

 Dec. 6  1–4 p.m.  UMC 330
Stop by the Center for Student Involvement for your finals survival goodie bag. You’ll find fidget toys for stress relief, snacks and swag. Limit one per student while supplies last.

Mindful Mondays

 Dec. 6  2–3 p.m.  Wardenburg Student Health Center, West Solarium, Room 321
Finals are almost here! Join fellow Buffs for a meditation session to help you manage transitions and change, and learn mindfulness activities you can use over break.

Health Huts

 Dec. 7  2–4 p.m.  Norlin Commons
Ready to finish off the semester? Stop by to check out campus departments and organizations that can help support you through the end of the semester.

Transfer Tuesday Coffee

 Dec. 7  7:30–9:30 a.m.  Williams Village North, International Transfer Lounge
Enjoy your morning with a medium cup of coffee or tea. Make sure to wear your Transfer Buff T-shirt to get your morning beverage.

Fun Before Finals: Pause for Paws (therapy dogs)

 Dec. 7  1–3 p.m.  UMC fountain area
There’s no better friend than a furry friend. Take a study break and stop by to pet a therapy dog.

Allyship: Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Workshop

 Dec. 7  1:30–3:30 p.m.  Administrative & Research Center, Room 346
Are you interested in becoming an ally? You can start by learning the three basic steps to defining your allyship journey. Learn how to define and leverage your allyship and walk away with a template to help guide your learning and steps for action.

RHA De-stress Fest: Mugs and Mocha

 Dec 7  5–6:30 p.m.  Kittredge Central, Multipurpose Room
All students are invited to take part in Residence Hall Association events. This de-stress activity is mugs and mocha.

DIY Nights

 Dec. 7  5–7 p.m.  In person
Let your creativity shine at DIY Night! Take a break from studying and come make your very own desk lamp. All materials will be provided, and each participant will need to register in advance. Space is limited, so sign up early.

Fun Before Finals: Coloring and Hot Cocoa

 Dec. 8  2–5 p.m.  UMC 330
Stop by the Center for Student Involvement to take a break and relax from studying for finals. Mindfulness coloring sheets, hot cocoa and tea will be available.

Wellness Wednesdays: Fueling your body

 Dec. 8  2–4 p.m.  Wardenburg Student Health Center, West Solarium
It's important to fuel our bodies to stay energized and focused. Learn how to maximize your food through finals week.

RHA De-stress Fest

 Dec. 8  5–6:30 p.m.  UMC 247
Join the Residence Hall Association and Health Promotion for an evening of aromatherapy and a body scan meditation to soothe your energy for finals. 

Low-cost events to check out

There will also be other low-cost events for you to check out:

Rescheduled Homecoming Concert: Peach Tree Rascals

 Dec. 9  7 p.m.  UMC, Glenn Miller Ballroom  $5
Enjoy an evening of music with the rising band Peach Tree Rascals and local supporting artist Mr. Mota. All tickets purchased for the Nov. 3 date will be honored at this rescheduled date. Tickets are $5 for CU Boulder students and $10 for the general public. If you have a ticket from Nov. 3 and cannot attend on the new date, you may request a refund. 

Extreme Bowling

 Dec. 3, 4  7–10 p.m. UMC, The Connection
Grab a couple of friends and get ready to have a great night at The Connection. Enjoy the fun of bowling with black lights, colored lane lights and color pins. It’s the only extreme bowling you’ll find in Boulder!

Fun Before Finals: Yoga

 Dec. 9  10–11 a.m.  Rec Center
Come relax and de-stress! Yoga mats will be provided, and you don’t need previous yoga experience. Remember to wear clothes that will allow you to move and stretch, and don’t forget your water bottle.

Mobile Food Pantry

 Dec. 9  2–4 p.m.  UMC, South Terrace Plaza
Are you experiencing food insecurity? The Volunteer Resource Center will have a mobile food pantry where you can receive up to 30 pounds of food at no cost. Drive-thru is not available at this mobile food pantry. If driving, limited parking will be available in the Euclid Parking Garage. A volunteer will be present at the entrance of the Euclid Parking Garage to provide additional information.

RHA De-stress Fest: Pizza & Painting

 Dec. 9  5–6:30 p.m.  Williams Village East, Multipurpose Room
Enjoy some pizza with other Buffs while painting with members of the Residence Hall Association.

Transfer Tabling: Fuel for Finals

 Dec. 10  8 a.m.–5 p.m.  CASE, Transfer Space
Stop by the transfer student table in the CASE building to provide feedback on your experience as a transfer student. You can also have your questions answered, write gratitude cards and fuel up for finals.

International Coffee Hour

 Dec. 10  4–5:30 p.m.  UMC North Dining Area (by the stage), across from the UMC Starbucks
International Coffee Hour is a space for international and domestic students, faculty and staff at CU Boulder to gather and celebrate culture and promote diversity and inclusion on campus. Everyone is welcome to attend. Free coffee and snacks will be provided. Come meet new Buffs and have a fun evening!

RHA De-stress Fest: Build Your Own Plush

 Dec. 10  5–6:30 p.m.  Village Center, Breakout Room
Give your mind a break, bring a friend and build your own plush. Join the Residence Hall Association with this activity for De-stress Fest.

Program Council Film Series: Malignant

 Dec. 10  7:30 p.m.  CHEM 140
Bring your popcorn and a friend and come watch Malignant. Follow the story of Madison, who is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders. Her torment worsens as she discovers these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; the film begins at 8 p.m.

I Love Mondays: Coffee Sips and Study Tips

 Dec. 13  2–3 p.m.  UMC, North Dining Room
Connect with other Buffs and start your week right. I Love Mondays highlights different campus departments, student organizations and events to help you become more connected on campus. Join today’s chat to learn about study tips as finals begin.

Breakfast for Dinner

 Dec. 13  4–7 p.m.  UMC, Alferd Packer Grill
Relax, take a break and re-energize from finals week. Stop by for free food at Breakfast for Dinner! Don’t forget your Buff OneCard.

Dean of Students office hours

 Dec. 16  10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.  UMC 308
Stop by the UMC and chat with the dean of students during office hours. Ask questions, connect with staff and learn about resources; no appointment needed.