The Final Lap

 

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Successfully cross the end-of-semester finish line! Open to all GW students, The Final Lap is designed to support student wellbeing prior to and during final exams. Final Lap happens the last two weeks of the semester. This year's Final Lap will start on Friday, December 1st and end on Thursday, December 14th.

 

 

 Event Highlights

Chair Massages
 

Drop in for a free chair massage provided by a licensed massage therapist from Eye Street Massage Therapy! These individuals are trained massage and bodywork professionals with a therapeutic focus.

 

Snack Break
 

Having a mid-afternoon slump? Stop by the HPE table for some yummy snacks to sustain yourself. We'll have wellbeing goodies, canned goods, and nutritious nourishment!

Therapy Dogs
 

Join People Animals Love (PAL) in the USC to rejuvenate with some professional therapy pups & enjoy some paws-itivity! You are never too old for a pup playdate.

Events Calendar

Friday, December 1
  • Vern Lights: It's time to light up the Mount Vernon Quad for the winter season. We'll celebrate with hot cocoa, s'mores, Vern swag, and more!
  • Thriving Minds: Anxiety & Wellness: 
    • Join CAPS for their Resilient Minds Series, where students will explore the connection between anxiety and overall wellness. Students will learn strategies to improve sleep quality, enhance nutrition for brain health, and incorporate movement into their daily routines.
    • 12 - 1:30 PM, University Student Center Room 405
    • Register here!
  • Yoga at the Museum: The GW community is invited to join free yoga sessions in the museum every first and third Fridays of each month during the fall 2023 semester. In partnership with the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, the sessions take place on the third floor in the gallery under Anne Lindberg’s installation what color is divine light? Yoga mats and stools for all sessions are provided for free by the museum!
  • Student Support Center Drop-In: Come hang out in the Student Support Center with board games, snacks, safe sex products, puzzles, coloring books, and more!
    • 9-5pm Monday-Friday, ground floor of the University Student Center
    • No registration required, drop-in welcome!
  • Capital Peers Recess: You never age out of the need to play, especially during stressful times like finals. Come join the Capital Peers for a Friday afternoon of play time. There will be games, crafts, music, dancing, and more! Never too old for recess.
    • 2-5pm in University Yard
    • No registration required
Saturday, December 2
  • DC Bouldering Project Trip with GW TRAiLS: Ever dream of being a rockstar!? Join TRAiLS at the DC Bouldering Project! Bouldering is rock climbing stripped down to its raw essentials. Leaving behind ropes and harnesses and just using climbing shoes and a bag of chalk over safety mats, your challenge is to climb short but tricky bouldering "problems" (a route, or sequence of moves) using balance, technique, strength, and your brain. It is a perfect trip for anyone new to climbing!
Sunday, December 3
  • Mario Kart Tournament: Registration to compete in Campus Recreation's Nintendo Switch Mario Kart eSports Tournament opens up on November 15th at 9 AM. The registration deadline is December 1st at 11:59 PM. This tournament will be held on the 4th floor of Lerner from December 3rd through December 8th depending on how many participants we have. We will be collaborating with the GW eSports Club and food and drinks will be provided.
Monday, December 4
  • Chair Massages: Drop in for a free chair massage provided by a licensed massage therapist from Eye Street Massage Therapy! These individuals are trained massage and bodywork professionals with a therapeutic focus.
    • 12-4pm in University Student Center 403
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
  • GW Art Therapy Clinic Virtual Open Studio: Drop in to join other adults from the DC metro community for artmaking & reflection!
  • Free Group Fitness Classes: Campus Recreation will be offering FREE Group Fitness classes from Dec 4-10. Classes range from yoga and pilates, to HIIT and BodyPump. Come take a break from the stress of finals and move with us!
  • Mario Kart Tournament: Registration to compete in Campus Recreation's Nintendo Switch Mario Kart eSports Tournament opens up on November 15th at 9 AM. The registration deadline is December 1st at 11:59 PM. This tournament will be held on the 4th floor of Lerner from December 3rd through December 8th depending on how many participants we have. We will be collaborating with the GW eSports Club and food and drinks will be provided.
  • Student Support Center Drop-In: Come hang out in the Student Support Center with board games, snacks, safe sex products, puzzles, coloring books, and more!
    • 9-5pm Monday-Friday, ground floor of the University Student Center
    • No registration required, drop-in welcome!
Tuesday, December 5
  • Snack Break: Having a mid-afternoon slump? Stop by the HPE table for some yummy snacks to sustain yourself.
    • 2-4pm in Kogan Plaza
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
  • Free Group Fitness Classes: Campus Recreation will be offering FREE Group Fitness classes from Dec 4-10. Classes range from yoga and pilates, to HIIT and BodyPump. Come take a break from the stress of finals and move with us!
  • An Hour of Power: Transformative Journey to Anxiety Relief, Energy Boost & Relaxation: Embark on an "Hour of Power" -- a transformative journey for anxiety relief, an energy boost, and deep relaxation. This won't be a lecture-based class. Instead, you'll dive into the world of mindfulness and peace through experiential learning. Practice and immersion will be your guides, making this journey an empowering and transformative experience. Discovery powerful techniques to calm your mind, revitalize your body, and find inner peace. Reconnect with yourself, embrace tranquility, and leave feeling recharged and rejuvenated.
    • 7:00pm (1 hour session)

    • Registration required!

    • *Since the event is virtual, cameras and mic do not have to be on, only if you would like.*

  • Mario Kart Tournament: Registration to compete in Campus Recreation's Nintendo Switch Mario Kart eSports Tournament opens up on November 15th at 9 AM. The registration deadline is December 1st at 11:59 PM. This tournament will be held on the 4th floor of Lerner from December 3rd through December 8th depending on how many participants we have. We will be collaborating with the GW eSports Club and food and drinks will be provided.

  • Student Support Center Drop-In: Come hang out in the Student Support Center with board games, snacks, safe sex products, puzzles, coloring books, and more!
    • 9-5pm Monday-Friday, ground floor of the University Student Center
    • No registration required, drop-in welcome!
Wednesday, December 6
  • Therapy Dogs: Join People Animals Love (PAL) in the USC to rejuvenate with some professional therapy pups & enjoy some paws-itivity!
    • 2-4pm in University Student Center 403
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
  • Snack Break: Having a mid-afternoon slump? Stop by the HPE table for some yummy snacks to sustain yourself.
    • 2-4pm in Kogan Plaza
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
  • Free Group Fitness Classes: Campus Recreation will be offering FREE Group Fitness classes from Dec 4-10. Classes range from yoga and pilates, to HIIT and BodyPump. Come take a break from the stress of finals and move with us!
  • Mario Kart Tournament: Registration to compete in Campus Recreation's Nintendo Switch Mario Kart eSports Tournament opens up on November 15th at 9 AM. The registration deadline is December 1st at 11:59 PM. This tournament will be held on the 4th floor of Lerner from December 3rd through December 8th depending on how many participants we have. We will be collaborating with the GW eSports Club and food and drinks will be provided.
  • Student Support Center Drop-In: Come hang out in the Student Support Center with board games, snacks, safe sex products, puzzles, coloring books, and more!
    • 9-5pm Monday-Friday, ground floor of the University Student Center
    • No registration required, drop-in welcome!
Thursday, December 7
  • Free Group Fitness Classes: Campus Recreation will be offering FREE Group Fitness classes from Dec 4-10. Classes range from yoga and pilates, to HIIT and BodyPump. Come take a break from the stress of finals and move with us!
  • GW Late Night Presents: Winglobes: Do you like wings? Do you like snow globes? If the answer was yes or even maybe, come to Winglobes!
    • 6-8pm in USC Continental Ballroom
    • Registration preferred, but not required
  • Mario Kart Tournament: Registration to compete in Campus Recreation's Nintendo Switch Mario Kart eSports Tournament opens up on November 15th at 9 AM. The registration deadline is December 1st at 11:59 PM. This tournament will be held on the 4th floor of Lerner from December 3rd through December 8th depending on how many participants we have. We will be collaborating with the GW eSports Club and food and drinks will be provided.
  • Student Support Center Drop-In: Come hang out in the Student Support Center with board games, snacks, safe sex products, puzzles, coloring books, and more!
    • 9-5pm Monday-Friday, ground floor of the University Student Center
    • No registration required, drop-in welcome!
Friday, December 8
  • Snack Break: Having a mid-afternoon slump? Stop by the HPE table for some yummy snacks to sustain yourself.
    • 2-4pm in Kogan Plaza
    • Drop in crafts & goodies with the GW Art Therapy Clinic
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
  • ExamZen: Organize, De-Stress, Relax
    • Join CAPS during finals season to cultivate tools to cope with the anxiety and stress that usually accompanies final exams. This session will incorporate activities to help you stay organized, de-stress, and find relaxation amidst the exam frenzy. Say goodbye to exam jitters and embrace a more centered and confident approach to conquering finals!
    • 12 - 1:30 PM in the Student Health Center
    • Register here!
  • Free Group Fitness Classes: Campus Recreation will be offering FREE Group Fitness classes from Dec 4-10. Classes range from yoga and pilates, to HIIT and BodyPump. Come take a break from the stress of finals and move with us!
  • Capital Peers Present: Recess!!!: You never age out of the need to play, especially during stressful times like finals. Come join the Capital Peers for a Friday afternoon of play time. There will be games, crafts, music, dancing, a bouncy house, and more! Never too old for recess.
    • 1-4pm in Square 80
    • No registration required
  • Mario Kart Tournament: Registration to compete in Campus Recreation's Nintendo Switch Mario Kart eSports Tournament opens up on November 15th at 9 AM. The registration deadline is December 1st at 11:59 PM. This tournament will be held on the 4th floor of Lerner from December 3rd through December 8th depending on how many participants we have. We will be collaborating with the GW eSports Club and food and drinks will be provided.
  • Student Support Center Drop-In: Come hang out in the Student Support Center with board games, snacks, safe sex products, puzzles, coloring books, and more!
    • 9-5pm Monday-Friday, ground floor of the University Student Center
    • No registration required, drop-in welcome!
Saturday, December 9
  • Free Group Fitness Classes: Campus Recreation will be offering FREE Group Fitness classes from Dec 4-10. Classes range from yoga and pilates, to HIIT and BodyPump. Come take a break from the stress of finals and move with us!
Sunday, December 10
  • Free Group Fitness Classes: Campus Recreation will be offering FREE Group Fitness classes from Dec 4-10. Classes range from yoga and pilates, to HIIT and BodyPump. Come take a break from the stress of finals and move with us!
  • Basketball Knockout Tournament: The registration is currently open for Campus Recreation's Basketball Knockout Tournament. Participants have until December 7th at 11:59 PM to register. It will be a single-day tournament held on the 4th floor of Lerner on Sunday, December 10th from roughly 6-8 PM. Registered participants will be split in half for two heats with only the last 5 remaining players from each heat advancing to the final/championship heat.
Monday, December 11
  • Chair Massages: Drop in for a free chair massage provided by a licensed massage therapist from Eye Street Massage Therapy! These individuals are trained massage and bodywork professionals with a therapeutic focus.
    • 12-4pm in District House B114
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
  • Midnight Breakfast: Midnight Breakfast is an annual GW tradition that invites students to take a break from preparing for final exams, reconnect with friends, enjoy some food, and participate in a variety of engaging activities. We'll also be giving away some incredible prizes, like GW merch, an iPad, and so much more, including limited-edition Midnight Breakfast t-shirts! Follow @StudentLifeAtGW for event updates and details!
    • 9pm-12am in the University Student Center
    • Registration required
  • GW Art Therapy Clinic Virtual Open Studio: Drop in to join other adults from the DC metro community for artmaking & reflection!
  • Flu Shot clinic: Stop by the Student Heath Center for your flu vaccine, no appointment needed!
    • 1-4 pm, ground floor of the University Student Center. 
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
    • *Cost : No charge for students with Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), $25 if not under SHIP
  • Student Support Center Drop-In: Come hang out in the Student Support Center with board games, snacks, safe sex products, puzzles, coloring books, and more!
    • 9-5pm Monday-Friday, ground floor of the University Student Center
    • No registration required, drop-in welcome!
Tuesday, December 12
  • Snack Break: Having a mid-afternoon slump? Stop by the HPE table for some yummy snacks to sustain yourself.
    • 2-4pm in Vern Quad
    • Drop in crafts & goodies with the GW Art Therapy Clinic
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
  • Yoga Under the Stars:  Join GW Campus Recreation and the Health Promotion & Education office for a yoga class in the City View Room! Often considered GW's best view of DC, the City View Room is an incredible place to prioritize yourself and your body during finals. All attendees will be entered to win a raffle prize. This class will be accessible to all levels.
    • Check-in starts at 7pm; class begins at 7:30pm; class ends at 8:30pm; raffle prize winners will be selected after the class ends.
    • Register here! Limited spots available.
  • Flu Shot clinic: Stop by the Student Heath Center for your flu vaccine, no appointment needed!
    • 1-4 pm, ground floor of the University Student Center. 
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
    • *Cost : No charge for students with Aetna Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP), $25 if not under SHIP
  • Student Support Center Drop-In: Come hang out in the Student Support Center with board games, snacks, safe sex products, puzzles, coloring books, and more!
    • 9-5pm Monday-Friday, ground floor of the University Student Center
    • No registration required, drop-in welcome!
Wednesday, December 13
  • Snack Break: Having a mid-afternoon slump? Stop by the HPE table for some yummy snacks to sustain yourself.
    • 2-4pm in Shenkman Hall Lobby & Thurston Hall Lobby
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
  • ExamZen: Organize, De-Stress, Relax
    • Join CAPS during finals season to cultivate tools to cope with the anxiety and stress that usually accompanies final exams. This session will incorporate activities to help you stay organized, de-stress, and find relaxation amidst the exam frenzy. Say goodbye to exam jitters and embrace a more centered and confident approach to conquering finals!
    • 12 - 1:30 PM in the Student Health Center
    • Register here!
  • Student Support Center Drop-In: Come hang out in the Student Support Center with board games, snacks, safe sex products, puzzles, coloring books, and more!
    • 9-5pm Monday-Friday, ground floor of the University Student Center
    • No registration required, drop-in welcome!
Thursday, December 14
  • Snack Break: Having a mid-afternoon slump? Stop by the HPE table for some yummy snacks to sustain yourself.
    • 2-4pm in Potomac Hall Lobby & District House Lobby
    • No registration required; first come, first serve.
  • Yoga at the Museum: The GW community is invited to join free yoga sessions in the museum every first and third Fridays of each month during the fall 2023 semester. In partnership with the Lerner Health and Wellness Center, the sessions take place on the third floor in the gallery under Anne Lindberg’s installation what color is divine light? Yoga mats and stools for all sessions are provided for free by the museum!
  • Student Support Center Drop-In: Come hang out in the Student Support Center with board games, snacks, safe sex products, puzzles, coloring books, and more!
    • 9-5pm Monday-Friday, ground floor of the University Student Center
    • No registration required, drop-in welcome!

Final Lap FAQ's

We asked students in the University Student Center for their most pressing questions during finals! 

What is a “make-up day” on the academic calendar?

A make-up day is held to allow the university and/or an individual faculty member to offer a make-up class for any unanticipated class cancellations or disruptions related to weather, emergencies, or a change to the class schedule. The Provost Office and/or the instructor will provide an update prior to Thanksgiving break (fall semester) and March 30 (spring semester). If the make-up day is not utilized, this is considered a reading day and there are no classes held.

What is a “designated day” on the academic calendar?

A designated day, such as a designated Monday, is when classes that are traditionally held on Mondays will be held to make up for the two missed university holiday Mondays, for example. So if a designated Monday falls on a Tuesday at the end of the semester, you would go to all your Monday classes two days in a row instead of your Tuesday classes.

Where can I find information about my final exam?

You can click here for the Fall 2023 final exam schedule and search the class by its subject, and you can click here for more FAQs about exam locations and rescheduling options. You can also check your syllabi and ask your professors/TAs for more class-specific information!

Where can I get help with a final essay?

The GW Writing Center offers free, peer-based support for all stages of the writing process in their consultation appointments, which are available through December 8th. After December 8th, however, Writing Center and Academic Commons appointments are no longer available, so make sure to plan ahead!

Are all Final Lap events free?

All Final Lap events sponsored through the GW office of Health Promotion and Education are free. However, some student org events (i.e. TRAiLS trips) do require a fee to attend. All event descriptions on our website will identify whether or not a fee is required to participate.

Will the Snack Breaks be allergen-free/vegetarian/vegan/gluten-free?

At every snack break, we will have at least one or two items of food or drink that persons with any food allergies or preferences can defer to. However, we do pass out food on a first-come first-serve basis, so we may run out of specific items, especially as the day progresses.

 Are there rain dates/locations for the outdoor events if it rains or is too cold?

Most final lap events are indoors, except for our snack break tabling. In the event that it is too cold or rainy, you can find us on the first floor of the USC right in front of the elevators.

Do I have to register for the Therapy Dog events?

For all therapy dog events, we do not require registration, but rather we operate on a first-come first-serve basis. We do put a cap on the number of students who can enter so as to not overwhelm our volunteers, so students may be asked to wait a maximum of 5-10 minutes when entering the space.

I’ve never done yoga; are the offered classes beginner-friendly?

Yes! We welcome students at all levels to participate in our yoga classes. Our instructors are encouraged to provide a plethora of modifications, so you should feel right at home & welcomed!

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