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Issue 10: April 13, 2012

As the end of the school year is quickly approaches, first-year students often struggle with gauging the number of things that must be done in the short of time. Use the "Things To Do" items below to keep yourself on track. 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 friends 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 registration preparation resources.

  2. Registration for May or Summer term courses began April 10. 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.

  3. If you are taking May or Summer Term courses and need housing during that time, Housing & Residential Life offers short-term housing for students. Look online for deadlines and eligibility. Space is limited, and registration for summer housing is currently available.

  4. 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 or the Student Employment website.

  5. UMatter: Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey Share your university experience by completing the SERU undergraduate campus-wide survey! Your responses will help improve existing student services, enhance the student experience, and create new programs on campus. You could win one of sixty $50 campus bookstore gift certificates! Learn more or take the survey online.

  6. If you have not already looked at your final exam schedule for the semester, you can review your exam schedule on the One Stop Student Services website.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

End of the Semester Research Paper Help!
Feeling the crunch? University Libraries can help! Chat with a Librarian 24/7 to get help with library research. Try a tool like Zotero or RefWorks to create in-text citations and your bibliography in seconds.

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 to talk to someone about the process.

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 including tutoring, assistance with study skills, and group study sessions for specific courses.

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 2011-2012 FAFSA on file with One Stop Student Services. Summer financial aid will be awarded beginning the second week of May.

Fall 2012 Financial Aid
Fill out your 2012-2013 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 questions about financial aid awards for the upcoming school year. Contact One Stop Student Services with any financial aid-related questions.

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 to save money this summer!

Health & Wellness

Moving Back Home
If you are moving back home for the summer, the transition home 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
Are you wondering where you can receive health care over the summer? If you paid the spring Student Services Fee and need care in the summer, you 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 Apr. 17 in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater Gallery. The opening reception will be Apr. 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater Gallery.

Spring Jam 2012
Attend a three-day music festival Apr. 19-21 featuring live performances, outdoor films, community service opportunities, and special events. This year's community service events include Food Packing and Art Project for a Cause. Help package food for those in need and/or create art murals that will be donated to local non-profits. The full events schedule and details can be found online.

Living on Campus Next Year? Take on a Leadership Role!
If you are living on campus next year as a sophomore, consider running for a leadership role in Housing & Residential Life. You can run for a Community Council position even if you do not live in that Residence Hall yet. More information is available online.

Upcoming Events at the Student Unions
End the school year with some fun! Student Unions & Activities has many events coming up, including the U of M Film Fest April 12-14, free showings of "Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol April 18-21, and a free concert by Rogue Valley April 27. For more information, visit the Student Unions & Activities events calendar.

Got talent?
Show off your talent at Gophers After Dark for a chance to win a Best Buy Gift Card! The First place winner will receive a $100 gift card, the Second place winner will receive a $75 gift card, and the Third place winner will receive a $50 gift card. Sign up today.

Don't want to share your talent? Snack on the free Qdoba nacho bar (while supplies last) and be entertained by your friends on stage – April 20 at 11:00 p.m. at Whole Music Club. More details are available online.

Lead Stronger
Who are you at your best? Consider the following: when are you energized? What makes you passionate? What are you incredible at? How do your Strengths play a role in it all? As this semester starts to wind down and you look ahead, you'll have opportunities to take the next step in your development - like taking on a new leadership role.

How are you going to use your Strengths to lead others? The four domains of leadership help us understand where we are naturally successful. Take a look and see where your Strengths lie. keep in mind, a leader doesn't need to be well rounded, but a team certainly does. Check out the Apply tab on the StrengthsQuest website (you will need to sign in) to find ways to take action with your Strengths. Look online for additional opportunities to learn about your Strengths on campus.

Spirit Squad Try-Outs
Interested in being more involved at the U of M? Consider becoming part of the Spirit Squad! The teams' try-out information is listed online. The Cheer Team try-outs are Apr. 19-22, Dance Team Apr. 20-22, Goldy Gopher Mascot Team Apr. 17-20, and Hockey Cheer Team Apr. 27-28.

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