Successfully cross the end-of-semester finish line! Open to all GW students, the Final Lap is designed to provide stress reduction opportunities both prior to and during final exams. Check out our full list of events and resources!
December 7 | 7:00 PM EST | Webex
The creative arts can be a great tool for dealing with mental and emotional stress, which is especially crucial at this time of the year. Join student interns from the GW Art Therapy Clinic who will lead us in a creative, stress break art activity that will be energizing, engaging, and fun. No artistic talent is required. Bring your favorite basic art supplies (paper, markers, colored pencils, etc.) and tune in!
December 7-11 | Virtual and In-Person
Midnight Breakfast is an annual fall semester tradition that invites students to take a break from studying for final exams to enjoy some food and fun!
December 7-18 | Zoom
Classes are free and open to all GW students, faculty, and staff! If you have any questions, email [email protected].
December 9 | 4:00 PM EST | Webex
Mental Health Discussion Series is a weekly, hour-long discussion designed for students to collectively meet with a counselor and discuss various topics Whether you struggle with your own well-being or are a concerned GW community member, you are welcome to drop into this free virtual group discussion - no registration required!
December 9 | 7:00 PM EST | Webex
“Come As You Are” is a space designed for GW Black and Brown women to provide community support, reflection, and direction. Virtual sessions will take place once a month with a series of topics including: identity exploration, intersectionality, societal expectations, and more.
December 14 | 10:00 AM | Foggy Bottom
Stop by for free breakfast items as you head into exam week! While supplies last. Pick-up locations include:
December 14 | 7:00 PM EST | Hybrid
The creative arts can be a great tool for dealing with mental and emotional stress, which is especially crucial at this time of the year. Join student interns from the GW Art Therapy Clinic who will lead us in a creative, stress break art activity that will be energizing, engaging, and fun. No artistic talent is required. If you are on campus, you can reserve an art supply kit and receive some interesting art media to work with. You’ll be able to keep your artwork to remind you of the experience!
December 16 | 5:00 PM | DC
Take a virtual tour of the Fords Theatre and see locations that most of the public doesn't get to go. See the Presidents Box from Lincoln's perspective as well as the backstage areas that only the Fords company usually get to see.
Preparing for finals can challenging. Students can access Counseling and Psychological Services at the Colonial Health Center 24/7 by calling 202-994-5300. CAPS clinicians will provide emotional support for students.
Emotional Well-being is the ability to navigate life’s stressors in emotionally adaptive ways through increased cognitive flexibility, a sense of agency, and emotional regulation.
1. Stick to a consistent sleeping schedule.
2. Avoid caffeine later in the day.
Maintain a routine that has a work-life balance. Include even just a few minutes each day of an activity that brings you joy and contentment.
3. Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed.
4. Evaluate your bedroom environment.
5. Reflect on your sleep quality.
1. Find something you love to do.
2. Visit Lerner Health and Wellness Center.
3. Set S.M.A.R.T. goals.
4. Remember, exercise is just one way to be physically active!
5. Find little ways to incorporate physical activity into your day.
Learn more about Lerner Health and Wellness Center.
Learn more about Intramural and Club Sports.
Learn more about the TRAILS program.
We would like to extend our gratitude to the following offices for making Final Lap possible: