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Issue 8: May 4, 2011

Congratulations!

Congratulations on completing your first year at the University of Minnesota! Making the transition to college is an important stage in your life. On behalf of the University community, we wish you continued success in your academic pursuits.

THINGS TO DO

  1. Course Registration
    Fall Course Registration began April 14th. If you have not registered yet, make sure you prepare to register for your classes by visiting the One Stop Web site. You are also now able to register for May and Summer courses. This is a great time to meet with your adviser and utilize the Graduation Planner to ensure graduation in four years.

  2. Housing Move-Out Information
    The end of spring semester means that many students will soon be moving out of University Housing. Housing & Residential Life publishes lots of helpful information regarding the move-out process. If you haven't yet seen this information or have any questions, please ask your Community Advisor or the Residence Director in your building.

  3. Create a Summer Savings Plan
    Before the semester ends, take some time to figure out how you are going to build your savings this summer to cover needed costs next school year.  For helpful hints on budgeting, saving and 2011-2012 school years costs visit the One Stop website.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

End of the Semester Stress
With the end of the semester around the corner, students are finishing end of semester projects, writing papers, and getting ready for finals. Visit the student mental health website to learn about the ins and outs of managing stress.

Finals Week
The University's last day of instruction is Friday, May 6th, 2011. Final exams will be administered May 9-14. Check out the full final exam schedule online. The university offers several resources to help students prepare, study and relax for their final week. University Counseling & Consulting Services offers services related to academic stress, as well as counseling for individual learning and academic skills. In addition UCCS offers a variety of workshops, podcasts, and presentations to help you.

Commuter Final Schedules
As a commuter student be sure to check on your finals schedule now so that you can make the appropriate accommodations for travel with your schedule. Tips from commuter students include: bringing extra snacks for studying, getting to class early, and being aware of night and weekend finals. The Commuter Connection will provide healthy snacks for commuters during finals week, so feel free to stop by Room 236 in Coffman Memorial Union for some snacks! For transit schedules visit Metro Transit online.

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.

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.

Summer School Housing
Summer school housing is available through Housing & Residential Life. If you are still in need of a place to live this summer during classes you can go online for more information.

 

Engagement

First-Year Photo Project Exhibit
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 is currently on exhibit and can be viewed in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater Gallery.

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!

Student Unions Summer Concert Series
Throughout the summer, University of Minnesota students will perform over the lunch hour at the St. Paul Student Center. Listen to acoustic performers outside on the Garden Terrace while you relax and grab a bite to eat. For a complete list of performers, please look online.

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!

Protect Your Online Identity and Your Inbox
Phishing attacks, or fraudulent e-mails designed to steal personal information from unsuspecting e-mail users, are on the rise. Learn more about how to identify a phishing attack and protect your identity.

 


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