150 Reasons to Love St. John's: The Final Push before Finals

Female student working on laptop

With the spring semester winding down, the focus around campus is on final exams. While the weeks leading up to finals can be stressful, there are myriad ways for students to blow off steam and take a break from studying.

Reason 11.

Food for Thought

Whether you’re looking for a quick slice; a decadent dessert; or a traditional, home-style, Italian meal, alumni-owned Aquista Trattoria is only a five-minute walk from campus.

Two miles away is the popular Max and Mina’s Ice Cream, where you can find unexpected homemade flavors such as Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Cotton Candy Pop-Rocks, as well as standards like chocolate and vanilla.

Reason 12.

If you’re crunched for time but still craving a treat, you can always find something special on campus. St. John’s offers a wide range of options for food, including popular food franchises including Dunkin’Taco Bell, and more.

Students in the DAC Living Room

Reason 13.

The University is also home to not one but two Starbucks locations! One is located adjacent to the Law School Café, while the other can be found on the top floor of the D’Angelo Center (known to Johnnies as “The DAC”). Students often grab a fresh-brewed cup of Joe and then head to the DAC lobby, where they can study or sit around the grand piano and fireplace.

Reason 14.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame.

Kaiser Baseball Stadium field

Sometimes, you just need to take a break from your books to decompress. If you’re a fan of America’s pastime, right now is a great opportunity to catch a few innings of a baseball game at Jack Kaiser Stadium, home of the Red Storm Baseball team. If softball is more your speed, the St. John’s Softball team plays its home games at Red Storm Field, adjacent to the Residence Village.

Reason 15.

If you’re looking for Major League Baseball action, Citi Field—home of the New York Mets—is a short drive away. In 2009, St. John’s actually played the first game at CitiField, two weeks before the Mets played their first-ever regular season game there.  

Reason 16. A Helping Hand

Small class sizes are just one benefit of a St. John’s education. With a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, students enjoy classes where professors know their names. Some, like Meghan J. Clark, Ph.D., have even been known to bring cupcakes to class.

Reason 17. On Top of Your Academic Game

The University Learning Commons (ULC) offers peer and professional tutoring, plus tips for general study skills as well. ULC can prepare you for exams and finals.

Reason 18. Supportive Services

Sometimes, it can feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, and when it does, the Center for Counseling and Consultation can help see you through it.

Reason 19. Wellness Matters

Wellness is important during finals (and the rest of the year, too) and St. John’s offers a wide range of services.