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Issue 7: March 29, 2011

As the end of the school year is quickly approaching, a common struggle for first-year students is gauging the number of things that must be done in the amount of time there is to do it.  While trying to make decisions and meet deadlines, allow yourself closure time for your first-year.  Try to take time this month to solidify your summer and fall semester plans so you can enjoy the final few weeks of your first-year with those friends that you have made on campus.

THINGS TO DO

  1. If you have not met with your Academic Adviser yet to solidify your Fall semester course registration you should make an appointment soon.  To make the most out of your advisement appointment, review One Stop's Advisement Preparation resources.

  2. Your third and final spring 2011 bill will be due on April 13th. Go to Pay the University to see all the ways you can pay your bill, as well as future billing dates and deadlines. Contact One Stop Student Services with any questions regarding billing and payment. 

  3. If you are planning on taking May or Summer Term courses, registration begins April 12.  May and Summer courses are a good way to get general education course requirements completed.  Talk to your Academic Adviser about course possibilities that may help you.

  4. If you are taking May or Summer Term courses and need housing during that time, Housing & Residential Life offers short term housing for students at this time.  Look online for deadlines and eligibility.

  5. Now is a great time to find a summer job or internship.  If you have an employer at home, consider contacting them now to arrange your start date.  If you are staying in the Twin Cities this summer, consider looking for a job or internship on Gold Pass.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Study Abroad Starts With The First Step
Take the first step toward an exciting education abroad experience. The Learning Abroad Center now offers online First Step Meetings to get you started. If you need a break from studying, check out the online First Step Meeting or stop by the Learning Abroad Center for some personal attention.

Center For Writing
It is not too late to get help with your writing. If you have any final papers to turn in this semester, or if you have a final exam that is a paper, stop by the Center for Writing! Services at the center include face-to-face consultation and help in creating your writing revision strategies.

SMART Learning Commons
If you are struggling with your courses this semester take a look at how SMART Learning Commons can help you.  A wide variety of services are offered from tutoring, assistance with study skills and group study sessions for specific courses.

Health & Wellness

Moving Back Home
For those students moving back home for the summer, this transition may be just as important as moving into your first residence hall. It is important to realize that while you have been away, both you and your family may have changed. In the past, some students have found it useful to discuss expectations and considerations with their parents/guardians before returning home. The University’s Office for Student Affairs offers a podcast to make the transition home a comfortable experience for the whole family.

Summer Healthcare
Wondering where you can receive health care over the summer? Students who paid the spring Student Services Fee who need care in the summer are covered by Boynton Health Service through mid-August whether you are taking classes on campus or not. You can go online to the Boynton Health Services website for more information on your healthcare coverage.

Traveling Abroad This Summer?
Boynton's International Travel Clinic provides travel consultations, immunizations, International Certificates of Vaccination, and other health-related travel information. Call early for an appointment!

Engagement

First-Year Photo Project Gallery
Last summer eleven incoming students were chosen to participate in the First-Year Photo Project. For the last two semesters they have been creating a photo documentary of what it means to be a first-year student at the U of M. Their work can be viewed after April 15 in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater Gallery. The opening reception will be on April 15, 2011 from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater Gallery.

Your Band Can Be An Opening Act At Spring Jam 2011!
Got what it takes to open for a nationally known performer? Battle of the bands will feature a Student Division and a Greek Division. In the Student Division any band with at least one currently registered student will be able to perform. Email springjam@umn.edu by Thursday April 7th at 3pm with an electronic press kit to be considered for the Student Division.  More details are available online.

Fraternity and Sorority Recruitment
It is not too early to register for Fall Recruitment. This is the only time of year that all sororities and fraternities will be recruiting on our campus. Learn how to register for Greek recruitment online!

Finances

Do You Need Financial Aid For Summer Classes?
You will automatically be considered for all available funding when you register half time or more for course work in May session and/or summer term and have a 2010-2011 FAFSA on file with One Stop Student Services.

Fall 2011 Financial Aid
Fill out your 2011-2012 FAFSA online now to make sure you get your financial aid before the start of the semester. Returning students will receive an e-mail in July asking you to respond to your financial aid awards for the upcoming school year.

Financial Counseling
Boynton Health Service and Lutheran Social Service Financial Counseling offer trustworthy financial counseling help with debt management plans, free budget counseling, and information about credit and consumer protection. Make an appointment now to find ways of saving money this summer!

 


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