You have achieved much in your studies, research, and activities this semester, and we commend you on your focus, drive, and accomplishments, both in and out of the classroom. Your dedication contributes significantly to our community and university, and you should feel proud.
With final exams rapidly approaching, you may be feeling heightened stress or anxiety. Academic resources remain available to you to help you finish the semester on a high note, including Academic Commons, the Office for Student Success, the Writing Center, and Disability Support Services (DSS).
As you focus on completing your coursework, we strongly encourage you to also prioritize your well-being and attend to your physical and mental health, including eating well, maintaining a regular sleep schedule, and taking breaks. There are a variety of activities taking place leading up to and during finals to help you maintain balance and focus. The Final Lap webpage lists a series of well-being events and tips for maintaining a healthy balance and managing stress. Lerner Health and Wellness Center will remain open with normal hours through Dec. 22. Counseling and Psychological Services has walk-in hours Monday through Saturday from noon to 4 pm at Foggy Bottom and Sundays from noon to 4 pm at the Mount Vernon Campus. Additional links for well-being resources are at the bottom of this email.
Finally, we encourage you to continue showing empathy and support for each other during this busy time. Though you are juggling many competing priorities, we hope that you will reinforce your commitment to maintaining a positive campus environment and supporting each other through the end of exams, finishing the semester responsibly and with great success.
We wish you the best for a productive end of the semester and a restful winter break.
Christopher Alan Bracey
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law
Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students