Mason Family Flash

Supporting your student during final exams

Students study at a table outside Founders Hall at Mason's Arlington CampusFinal exams for the fall semester will begin on Wednesday, December 13 and conclude on Wednesday, December 20. This time can be stressful for many students, but there are a few ways you can help them be successful and finish the semester strong.

Care Packages
Show your student some extra love during this demanding time of year with a Cram Session care package from Campus Survival Kits! This special package includes an energy shot and various school supplies in addition to the usual handpicked selection of snacks designed to satisfy every appetite. Campus Survival Kits also offers subscription plans that will automatically deliver a Mason-themed box to your student each month. Visit for more information.

Study Locations
Many students are spending long hours studying and writing papers during this hectic time of year. Encourage your student to utilize the extended hours of the libraries and Johnson Center as safe study spaces on campus. Students can also reserve group study rooms in the libraries and the Johnson Center online at If your student lives off campus, encourage him or her to visit the 24-hour Off-Campus Finals Study Lounge December 11-15. The location is being determined and will be announced soon.

De-Stress Fest
Every year, the Office of Student Involvement hosts a week of events to help students de-stress before finals. This year, De-Stress Fest is December 4-8. Visit for more information on the week’s events and encourage your student to attend! There are several opportunities for free refreshments, exam kits, and fun ways to relax before exams. They are also using the free app, Sched, which will list all activities happening across campus.

Although this time of year can be stressful, the conclusion of the semester means your student will soon be able to enjoy winter break. For a full list of resources available to students during final exams and throughout the year, visit

Lindsey Conner
Project Coordinator
Orientation and Family Programs and Services