Staycation week, The Sink vouchers and Senior Memory Books for sale
Staycation week, The Sink vouchers and Senior Memory Books for sale
Tufts Student Life
PARENTs & Families NEWSLETTER
April 22, 2021
Dear Parents and Families,
This will be the last newsletter for this academic year. We wish your student a great end of the semester! In this issue, we are featuring the Staycation week that took place last month.

Staycation Week

In lieu of the traditional spring break, the Tufts University Social Collective (TUSC), the primary programming board on the Medford/Somerville and Fenway campuses, and Tufts Community Union (TCU) Senate organized a Staycation Week full of over 100 fun in-person, grab-and-go, and virtual events aimed at relaxation and wellness. 
Events ranged from tie-dyeing (pictured) to dialogue sessions to axe-throwing. "Over the weekend, we had lawn games, a lemonade stand, and a hammock lounge on top of Tisch Roof where people could look out at the Boston skyline. It was a really good, relaxed atmosphere. People were happy to be out and about enjoying the weather but also just hanging out with friends," said Sean Lim, a sophomore and member of TUSC who worked on planning the week.
"We tried to have in-person events as much as possible and as safely as possible. There was social-distancing whenever we had lines. For kickboxing and other small-group things, we only had 10 people, including the instructor, and we provided them with masks," said Amber Asumda, a junior who was the lead student coordinator from TUSC.
Popular giveaways included plants and movie-watching kits. There were also creative virtual events, such as sculpture and crochet crafting nights.
The concept for Staycation came about in response to the TCU Senate's Fall survey results, which showed that students were feeling high levels of stress and were looking for more ways to socialize with other people. A team from TUSC met regularly with members of the TCU Senate, faculty, and staff from various departments to brainstorm ideas. Volunteers contributed over 100 hours to execute the events over the course of the week. "A lot of people took part and were excited to do so. There was such a great turnout and so much community involvement," said Asumda.
"All these ideas kind of centered around rejuvenation and relaxation. From the event reports, we've gotten the sense that people really appreciated what we did and that it was a good time for them to step away from their work for a few days," said Lim.

The Sink Student-Run Coffee Shop is Now Selling Vouchers!

The Sink Coffee Shop is Tufts' only student-run café in the Campus Center. The Sink is a hub for student life on campuswith great coffee, bumping music, and incredible vibes. You can find students at the Sink during all hours of the day meeting up with friends, studying hard for exams, or drinking one of our signature specialty drinks. Buy your student a voucher to keep them well-caffeinated this semester while supporting our student-run business. Vouchers are sold in blocks of $10 and do not expire. After you add the voucher to your online cart, you will be able to choose the dollar amount of your purchase ($10, $20, or $50). You are also welcome to purchase any combination of our voucher options. Your student will be able to pick up their voucher on campus at the Sink coffeeshop. Please email tuftssink@gmail.com with any questionsand thank you for your support!

What's Happening Academically?

The Exceptional Pass/Fail deadline is on May 5. Students who missed the EP/F workshops can view the recordings. Review the Academic Residence Requirement with your student. Eligible students cannot enroll part-time or graduate early until completing it. Students who attempted a full-time semester in Fall 2020 are eligible for a shorter residence requirement. Students can contact their Advising Dean in advance if interested in their eligibility for early graduation or part-time study.

Purchase a 2021 Senior Memory Book

Class of 2021 parents and families! Order your copy of the 2021 Senior Memory Book now. The book will include 64 color pages in a coffee table format celebrating the Tufts Class of 2021. The book will include the traditional senior portrait section and other campus and community highlights from this special year. Books will be completed following commencement weekend and be mailed to addresses provided during the ordering process in mid- to late July 2021.

Dates to Remember

April 23 – Advising Period ends
April 26 – Fall 2021 registration for graduate students, postbacs, diploma students, and all engineers
April 27 – Fall 2021 registration for BFA and SMFA and NEC combined-degree students
April 28 – Fall 2021 registration for rising LA seniors including 5th-years
April 29 – Fall 2021 registration for rising LA juniors
April 30 – Fall 2021 registration for rising LA sophomores
May 5 – Classes end
May 5 – Last Day for Graduate AS&E Students to WITHDRAW from Courses and Receive a Grade of W
May 5 – Substitute Friday's Schedule on Wednesday
May 5, 3 p.m. – Last Day for Undergraduates to Select Exceptional Pass/Fail (EP/F) Option
May 6 – Reading Period
May 6 – Review Boards begin
May 7 – Final Examinations begin
May 14 – Final Examinations end
May 14 – Review Boards end
May 15 – Residence halls close at noon for all students, including graduating seniors
May 17 – Degree candidates' Spring term grades due online by 9 a.m. (48 hours after final)
May 17 – Senior Week begins
May 21 – Senior Week ends
May 21 – Remaining Grades Due Online by 9 a.m.
May 23 – Commencement
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