Holiday Travel Plans: Final Exams Cannot Be Missed

As the semester is now well under way, many parents are anxiously awaiting the holiday season so they can have their students back home and hear all about their college experience!  Unfortunately, with so much anticipation, it is easy to get ahead of the university schedule and create travel plans that conflict with class or finals.  Here are some hints to help make holiday travel the best for you and your student:

  • Thanksgiving Holiday: Classes will be held November 20th and 21st—encourage your student not to leave for Thanksgiving any earlier because they might miss something crucial in their classes. Encourage your student to stay on top of homework assignments and even work ahead. A lot of classes have midterms or big assignments right before or after Thanksgiving break, and it can be hard to study at home with family and friends to spend time with.
  • Christmas Holiday: Final exams cannot be missed.  If you schedule a flight home for your student before they’ve finished their finals, their finals cannot be made up.  The last day of finals is December 21st, however, your student’s finals may or may not be done before then. University policy also prevents students from taking their finals earlier than scheduled; the only exceptions are serious illness or other uncontrollable circumstances. You can find the Final Exam Policy/Schedule here to ensure that your student won’t miss any exams to travel.
  • Zimride: If your student doesn’t yet know how they’ll be traveling for the holidays, Zimride is a great place to start. It’s a secure digital ride board that allows students to find other BYU students driving in the same direction and then pay a preset fee for a seat in the car! For the week of Thanksgiving there are currently rides offered from Provo to Rexburg, Phoenix,
    Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and more! Prices generally range from $20 - $60.

Holiday breaks are a great time to catch up with your student and continue to encourage them in their academic endeavors.  Follow these tips to make the best of the end of the semester and to get the most out of the holiday breaks!

Charlotte Shurtz works in the SAAS Executive Director’s Office and is the Parent Newsletter Editor.

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