First Year Connect Newsletter: Edition 5

Hey Spartans!

You can find the following content in this edition: 

Thanksgiving Break | Academic Skills Workshop: Face Your Finals | LDOC & First Finals Fest: Relaxation Edition | Last Day of Classes & Final Exams | Apply to be a 2023 Peer Academic Leader (PAL)! | FYE 101: Succeed at the G | YFY Success Planner Survey | 2023-2024 FAFSA | Upcoming Dates 

Thanksgiving Break

Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday, November 23-25

Thanksgiving break begins this Wednesday, November 23; be sure to enjoy some of your favorite foods and show your thanks to those who matter to you! UNCG offices will be closed November 24 – 25. Offices will open and classes will resume on Monday, November 28.

Academic Skills Workshop: Face Your Finals

Monday, November 28

3 – 4 p.m.


The Academic Achievement Center is excited to announce their last workshop of the Fall 2022 semester, Face Your Finals! This virtual workshop will be on Monday, November 28 from 3 – 4 p.m. and will include 3 key topics: maximizing your study time, building test-taking confidence, and avoiding burn-out and last minute cramming.

To register for this workshop, click here.

LDOC & First Finals Fest: Relaxation Edition 

Wednesday, November 30

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

EUC Cone Ballroom

We are only a FEW days away from our last event of the year, First Finals Fest! We want to celebrate you all completing your first semester at UNCG. 

Join us on Wednesday, November 30 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the EUC Cone Ballroom! The first 250 students will receive a FREE cupcake. Students will also receive FREE finals kits that include blue books, scantrons, and highlighters! The YFY team will also be hosting a candy bar for first year students. See you there!

Last Day of Classes & Final Exams 

LDOC: Wednesday, November 30

Mark your calendar – Wednesday, November 30 is the last day of classes! The following day, Thursday, December 1, is Reading Day which is a full day for you to dedicate to preparing for final exams. Offices will still be open, but there will be no classes. To ensure your success, we suggest you begin studying for your finals well before Reading Day. 

Final Exam Week: December 2-8

Give yourselves a round of applause because you’ve finished the semester! Final exams begin on December 2 and go until December 8. You can view the Fall 2022 Final Exam schedule here. Look closely because the final exam schedule is different from your semester’s class schedule. If you have any specific class questions, reach out to your instructors for more information. 

Apply to be a 2023 Peer Academic Leader (PAL)!

Application deadline: Sunday, January 29 at 11:59 p.m.

Are you looking to lead at the G? The application to be a Peer Academic Leader is now open! You can apply for the role on Handshake using the job code #7149525. This is a great paid student leadership opportunity to continue your professional development and make an impact on your UNCG community! PALs support new students by serving as mentors, advocates, and teaching assistants for FYE 101: Succeed at the G, a MAC Foundations course. Click here for more information about being a PAL! If you have any questions, please reach out to Mackenzie Radford at

FYE 101: Succeed at the G

Do you still need to complete your MAC Foundations competency course this spring? If so, enrolling in FYE 101: Succeed at the G can help you fulfill this requirement while also fostering academic success, engaging in personal development, and connecting with the UNCG community.

If you have any questions, please reply to this email and include your UNCG ID in the response!

YFY Success Planner Survey and Focus Group

Your First Year is looking for feedback on the 2022-2023 YFY Success Planner. Please complete the following survey to share your thoughts and opinions about the Planner. This survey is anonymous and the information you share will be used only to further improve the YFY Success Planner for the 2023-2024 school year. 

File your 2023-2024 FAFSA

The priority period to file your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) has begun for the 2023-2024 academic year. You must file a FAFSA every year for financial aid consideration, and the sooner the better. Read through these Tips for Filing the FAFSA or make a virtual appointment with a Financial Aid counselor using Starfish if you have questions about FAFSA or financial aid. 

Upcoming Dates

11/23 – 11/25: Thanksgiving Break 

11/30: Last Day of Classes & First Finals Fest

12/1: Reading Day

12/2 – 12/8: Final Exams

Follow YFY on social media to stay in the know about what’s happening on campus. Also reach out to us through our texting line with any questions you might have at 1-336-541-6939.

Text YFY: 1-336-541-6939

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