Exam Slam

A scene from a past Exam Slam at First United Methodist Church

Students looking for a quiet place to study off-campus during finals week will have some help from a local church.

First United Methodist Church of Starkville will host its Exam Slam, an outreach ministry to all college students, during the week of Dec. 5 through Dec. 11.

The church has been hosting the event geared toward college students at its Connection since fall 2017. The Connection is located at 101 West Lampkin Street, and is the home of FUMC’s contemporary service.

During this week, FUMC says the Connection will be transformed into a quiet study area with additional study rooms where students can freely come in and out to study for their exams.

The study event is made possible by local businesses and volunteers.

FUMC said students will be provided with three free meals a day, snacks, and endless pots of coffee.

Apart from Sunday, Dec. 8 and Wednesday, Dec. 11, study hours are 9 a.m. until midnight.

The week will wrap up that Wednesday, with a community dinner at 6 p.m. and a “clean-out of food” at 7 p.m.

Event coordinator Elizabeth Williams said this is the fifth Exam Slam and over those semesters of hosting, FUMC has had students from Mississippi State University, the Mississippi University for Women, East Mississippi Community College and surrounding community colleges.

“We’ve had undergraduates preparing for exams and graduate students working on their thesis,” she said. “We have even had college professors utilize our quiet space for grading papers and meeting students.

“Between food donations and our massive collection of hospitality hosts, this project is an absolute village effort,” she added. “In addition to the many loving church members of FUMC, we greatly appreciate the donations from our community sponsors; Modern Woodmen, T.E. Lott, Shipley’s, Hardees, Strange Brew, Coca-Cola Company, United Produce, The Veranda, The Book Mart Café, Oby’s, Peppers, Restaurant Tyler, and The Grill.”

FUMC then said last semester, over 2,000 studied hours were logged by students.

“Students come in waves throughout the day, and we have some students who log as many as 13 hours in one day,” Williams said. “On average, we have approximated 150 cups of coffee consumed in a single day. But one thing we simply have not been able to calculate is how many times we hear the students say, “thank you.”

If you have any questions or would like to get involved with Exam Slam, email Williams at elizabeth@first-umc.org

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