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Issue 11: May 4, 2012

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 and personal engagement pursuits. This will be the last Class of Newsletter that you will receive from Orientation & First-Year Programs. To keep on track with important university information, check your email for the Undergraduate Update.

Summer is a great time to plan your financial commitments for next year, as well as, thinking about any academic decisions you need to make, such as exploring different options for your major or career path and engagement opportunities. Stay connected with the friends you made on campus this year through Facebook, phone calls and get togethers. Remember to take some time this summer to recharge yourself for the 2012-2013 academic year. See you on campus next fall!

THINGS TO DO

  1. Course Registration
    Fall Course Registration began April 12. If you have not registered yet, make sure you prepare to register for your classes by visiting the One Stop website. 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. Remember, your academic advisor is a great source to help you with your academic planning!

  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 2012-2013 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, you are finishing end of semester projects, writing papers, and getting ready for finals. Visit the student mental health website to learn how to manage stress.

Finals Week
The University's last day of instruction is Friday, May 4. Final exams will be administered May 7-12. 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 (UCCS) 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 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, being aware of how construction may affect your commute, 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.

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.

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. If you are a returning student, you 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 summer session you can go online for more information.

 

 

Engagement

Your Year ... Your Experiences
When students reflect on their first-year, some of the most memorable times revolve around experiences outside the classroom. By now you've met a lot of new people and made some new friends. Maybe those friends encouraged you to get involved in a student group. Maybe you started volunteering for an organization or cause that is meaningful to you. Some of you may have started an on-campus job where you gained new skills or honed existing ones. Have you had time to think about what those experiences have meant to you? Which of them did you love or loathe and why? Which of them helped you to see your Strengths in action? Summer is a great time to think about the experiences you gained this year and to start to strategize how you want to build on those experiences next year. Research, study abroad, leadership roles – there are many options. It's also a wonderful time to add your experiences to your resume or portfolio so that you are at the ready to apply for that next great experience. As you think about experiences for next year, make sure to check out the Engage! Search, blog and Facebook page.

Health & Wellness

Moving Back Home
For those of you 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 Service 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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