December 4, 2020

Dear Students,

I hope the fall break provided you opportunities for reconnection, rest and reflection, as we head into the final weeks of the semester.

As the majority of courses have shifted online for the remainder of the semester, you may be trying to re-adjust to new learning environments and schedules. I know you can do it!

Throughout this unpredictable year, I have seen you all continue to persevere. We have all had to learn new ways of navigating often unfamiliar terrain; and now is the time to solidify your plan to tackle finals, tapping into the same grit and tenacity you brought into the start of the fall semester. And of course, Student Affairs staff are here to support you if you are struggling to find your stride.

Please remember to practice self-care as you make your study plans. Building in little breaks throughout your day to get fresh air, stretch, text a friend or watch an episode of your favorite show can serve as motivation and provide a needed moment to recharge.

If you follow the news, you have likely heard from national health experts’ predictions that December and January will be peak months for the next wave of COVID-19, with cases spiking in many places. With that in mind, it is imperative you continue healthy behaviors including wearing a mask and limiting travel. If you are already back at home for the month, I highly encourage you to remain there and not return to Gainesville for a “fun weekend” or the LSU game on Dec. 12. By doing this, you can help prevent unintentional spread of the virus and protect our most vulnerable communities.

If you are currently in Gainesville and planning to travel soon, you can still schedule a free test at, and it typically takes no more than 72 hours to get results.

In the coming weeks you will also receive more information on spring semester health screenings, testing plans and the promising arrival of vaccines at UF. I recognize that everyone is eager to learn more about what 2021 has in store, and I will be sure to keep you in the loop as plans develop.

Be safe, be well, and as always – Go Gators!
Dr. D’Andra Mull
Vice President for Student Affairs

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