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Issue 5: February 3, 2011

Welcome back to campus! You have completed your first semester at the University of Minnesota, it is now time to start thinking about your goals for spring term. The Class of 2014 Newsletter will give you a monthly list of action items for you to accomplish. In addition to these action items, specific resources and opportunities around campus are highlighted in each issue that will help address your needs at that time in the semester.

If you are a new first-year student at the University of Minnesota this is your first Class of 2014 Newsletter for the semester. You will be emailed this semester approximately once per month, informing you of important action items, deadlines, hot topics and resources that will help you succeed at the University of Minnesota.

THINGS TO DO

  1. Get your tax information ready. If you worked on campus you should have received a W-2 in the mail by the end of January. All students should receive a 1098 form in the mail. This outlines your University expenses that can be used as a federal tax write-off.
  2. Take a look at all of your class syllabi. Make note of any important dates and write them in your Gopher Guide or planner as a reminder.
  3. Set up an appointment with your Academic Advisor. Though it is the beginning of the semester, an early advisement appointment might help you plan out your steps for next semester.
  4. If you need classroom accommodations you should contact Disability Services as soon as possible.
  5. Plan out your finances. Your first tuition payment is due on February 16, 2011. If you still need financial aid for this semester contact One Stop for assistance.
  6. If you are planning on living in an on-campus apartment or residence hall next fall, take some time and review the deadlines at the Housing & Residential Life website to ensure you receive on-campus housing next fall.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Get Personal Academic Assistance Training
Start out on the right foot this semester! Most students find the academic demands of the U very challenging, even students who have excellent high school grades. Student Academic Success Services (SASS) helps students bring their academic abilities up to a University level of competence. Any student can get personalized academic assistance by contacting University Counseling & Consulting Services.

Managing your Assignments
If improving time management is one of your goals for 2011, check out the Assignment Calculator on the University of Minnesota Libraries website. If you enter the day your paper is due and the subject of your paper, the calculator will give you a timeline to use. You can even sign up to receive email reminders to keep you on track! Remember to use this as soon as you get your assignment so that you do not fall behind on your paper!

Technology help at OIT Tech Stop
Tech Stop is your first point of contact for computer, Internet, and campus telephone support. Walk-in help for these and many other technology issues is available at the Office of Information Technology's Tech Stop in Coffman Union.

It's Time to start Planning Your Summer Abroad
As the winter drags on, take time to plan for an enriching summer abroad. It won't disrupt your four-year plan and the Learning Abroad Center has options all around the world. Check out your options.

Health & Wellness

Health Care On-Campus
All University of Minnesota students are eligible to use Boynton Health Service. Students who pay the Student Services Fee and have health plan coverage from any health plan carrier receive most services at Boynton Health Service at no out-of-pocket cost or at reduced. For minor illnesses, stop by the Gopher Quick Clinic's three convenient locations for walk-in service.

Want to Improve Your Relationship with Your Roommate this Semester?
Many students have some initial difficulties living with a roommate. Communicating with your roommate is critical and the roommate agreement you were provided is a great tool to help. If this isn't working for you, please consider contacting your Community Advisor or other residence life staff. There are other resources to help you out!

Commuting To & Getting Around Campus
In addition to being familiar with the Campus Shuttle times for spring semester, remember to plan out your route to campus before the first day of spring semester using the Metro Transit Trip Planner. Figuring out the best ways to get to and around campus will help start your spring commute on a positive note!

Secure Your Personal Computer
Get your computer ready for the University network by following these steps. Don't forget to download and install Symantec AntiVirus (SAV).

 

 

Engagement

Become A Welcome Week Leader
Did you enjoy your transition to the U? Are you looking for a fun way to gain leadership experience? Become a Welcome Week Leader for fall 2011. Applications are due February 23, 2011.

Learn about campus, win great prizes... Participate in Kick It!
The Spring semester Kick It! program has begun. Participate in this four week program where you can learn about everything the campus has to offer from the comfort of your own computer! Hundreds of prizes given out every week! Log on to the MyU portal and click on the Kick It! icon.

Look for New Involvement Opportunities with Engage! search
The beginning of a new semester is the perfect time to look for new opportunities to get involved. Use Engage! to find something that fits your major, personal interests or something that just sounds fun. Talk to your friends, advisers, career counselors or faculty about ways to get engaged at the University of Minnesota.

Join the Homecoming 2011 Committee
Help coordinate one of the largest campus-wide activities! Become a committee member for Marketing & Communications, Competitions & Royalty, Public Engagement & Service, Parade, and Campus-Wide Activities. Applications are open until Wednesday, February 9. Visit the Homecoming website for more information.

Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment
Now that your first semester at the U is done, it is time to think about additional ways to get involved on campus. Fortunately, it is not too late to "Be Greek"! Most fraternities and sororities on campus will be recruiting during the spring semester. Log onto begreek.org for more information!

Finances

Apply for scholarships
Now is a great time to search for scholarships for the current and upcoming terms. Go to the university's Scholarship Search to view an individualized list of scholarships for which you may be able to apply. Brief scholarship descriptions, and links to where you can learn more are provided. Be sure to check your matches throughout the year.

Find a Job on Campus
Short on cash? Work on campus! Look for a part time job on campus that works with your class schedule. For more information, to view available jobs, or to fill out an application you can get started at the Office of Human Resources website.

Renter's Forums
Thinking of renting an apartment? Know what your rights and responsibilities are BEFORE you sign a lease. Renter's Forums will address issues and concerns student renters must be aware of before they rent, including community involvement, obligations, and responsibilities in neighborhood housing. The workshops are at the following times and locations

  • February 9 in Coffman room 303 (Noon)
  • March 3 in the Van Cleve Park Multipurpose Room, 901 15th Ave SE, (6pm)

For event information or additional legal services please check the Student Legal Services website.


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