Taking care of your well-being during your first finals season with CL&E!

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Hey Campus Life & Engage,


Can you believe that your first classes are almost over? Where did the time go? Luckily for you, we have two more FY-5 newsletters to support you through your first finals season! The FY-5 is a semi-monthly e-newsletter for first-year students with fun tips and tricks and memos for you to be aware of during the academic year. This week, you can find out about official exam dates, de-stress activities available during the exam season, and how to make time for yourself.




Last day of classes


Monday, December 7 is the last day of classes for the Fall 2020 term.


Official exam dates


Please take note of the final exam schedule. Tuesday, December 8 is the first day of the exam period and exams last until Tuesday, December 22 (included). Due to the pandemic, final exams will be held remotely. For more information, please visit the December 2020 Exams COVID-19 page.


Course Evaluations


Mercury Course Evaluations opened on November 12 on Minerva. By completing your Mercury course evaluations, you can help improve courses and teaching at McGill. For more information on course evaluations and how to provide constructive feedback, visit the course evaluation webpage.





Relieving stress through movement


Moving your body is a great way to improve focus and relieve your exam stress. McGill Athletics is hosting athletics classes online, which you can take live or access through their on-demand gallery.


For students at the Macdonald campus, McGill Macdonald Athletics is offering safely distanced activities in the gym and the arena. If you prefer to get active outdoors, the Morgan Arboretum offers trails for walking, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.




Support resources


It’s important to acknowledge the effects of a remote final exam period on your well-being. A great way to take care of yourself is by reaching out and connecting with your close friends and family. If it isn’t always possible to do so, check out these talk-based McGill mental health resources:


  • keep.meSAFE is a mental health counselling service offered 24/7 access to licensed counsellors through telephone and mobile chat.
  • Chat one-on-one with a trained student peer supporter at the Peer Support Centre.
  • Need to talk? McGill Students’ Nightline is an anonymous, non-judgemental, and confidential student-run service that will listen.





Student Wellness Hub Workshops


The Student Wellness Hub is offering workshops throughout December to help you make the most of your study breaks. Taking breaks can boost productivity, help you focus, and reduce stress!


You can also follow Healthier McGill on Instagram for daily wellness updates.


Zen in 10


Join Healthier McGill on Facebook Live every Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. EST for a quick guided meditation led by the Local Wellness Advisor team!


Meditate with MORSL


The McGill Office of Religious and Spiritual Life is offering meditation workshops this month: Exam De-Stress Meditation on December 10 and 17, and Exam De-Stress Yoga Off-The-Mat on December 8 and 15.


For more resources to help you take care of your well-being during finals, check out the Exam Self-Care Support page.






How do I defer an exam?


If you are unable to write your final exam due to a serious health or wellness condition, or any other extreme circumstance, you may be eligible to apply for an exam deferral.


Make sure to consult your academic advisor first to see if this is a good choice for you. Applications to submit requests for deferral are open Minerva and will close January 8, 2021. Be sure to check the Exam website the week of February 1, 2021 for the deferred exam schedule, which will take place March 1, 2, and 4, 2021.

We hope that you have found this email helpful! You can visit our First-Year website for more details about the first-year experience and, if you have any questions about student life, contact firstyear@mcgill.ca. We either know the answers or know someone who does!


Best of luck with exams!


Gilbert Lin

Manager, Orientation & Student Engagement, Campus Life & Engagement | McGill Student Services




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