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Need Help to Finish Strong? Ask the Deans of Students Transcript

Hello Nighthawks. I'm Dr. Michelle Brown, Dean of Students at the Oconee campus of UNG.

It's almost here. Spring semester is almost over. The Deans of Students are here with a few words of wisdom, direction, and encouragement to help you finish the semester strong.

Number one: Focus. Spend some time to develop a plan to prioritize your course work for the remainder of the semester. Be sure to share that plan with your family and friends, especially those that you're living with. So that they can help you achieve your goals.

Balance is still best. Now is not the time to neglect those basic things that help us be our best. So make sure that you're taking time to get some good sleep, exercise, and fuel with good nutrition.

Number three: Mindset Matters. Our actions follow what we believe so take some time to reflect on your thinking. If what you're thinking about is negative, quickly reframe, so you don't find yourself stuck in "Stinking Thinking."

So what if you find that you're unable to complete your Spring 2020 courses? The Dean of Students is available to help you explore options. If you get sick or you experience an issue that prevents you from participating in your classes remotely, the Dean of Students Office can assist by sending an excused absence notice to your instructor, letting them know to provide some flexibility in your assignment deadlines.

The Deans of Students can also help with hardship withdrawals, partial withdrawals from one course or two courses, or full withdrawals.

If you've experienced grief from the loss of a loved one, a job loss, anxiety and depression, you may want to check out the hardship withdrawal policy at the Dean of Students website.

This semester, the Dean of Students will consider challenges with online instruction and hardship withdrawal requests.

Please note students are not eligible for hardship withdrawals if they complete the final exam or project. This crisis is temporary and we know we will get through this. Albert Einstein once said, "In the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity."

For some students, summer may present the opportunity to both make up or even get ahead with academic work in classes. If so, we encourage you to reach out to your academic advisors and to Enrollment Management to register for summer school, and to look ahead to the fall.

We wish you the very best of luck with the last days of class and with final exams. The Deans of Students are behind you.

We know you will do well.

Finish strong Nighthawks.

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