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Issue 2: August 23, 2011

Welcome to the Class of 2015 eNewsletter

This newsletter aims to provide first-year students with information you need to connect with opportunities and resources around campus. We will do our best to be brief, while providing you with the most pertinent information for your smooth and successful first year at the University of Minnesota! Be assured that all information in the Class of 2015 eNewsletter is timely and intentional. If you ever have questions or suggestions about this publication, let us know at ofyp@umn.edu.

Haven't attended Orientation yet?
Time is running out! We only have two more dates of Orientation remaining, August 25-26 or 29-30. Please check out your New Student Checklist on myu.umn.edu to get your date!

Strengths graphicDevelop your Strengths at the University of Minnesota!

The University of Minnesota believes you have the potential to do well. We believe that by discovering your individual strengths, we can work together to create the most of your college experience. Earlier this summer, either through email or the Welcome Week Event Selection process, you received a code so that you can take an inventory called the StrengthsFinder.

This inventory will help you identify your talents in order to learn more about yourself, connect with others on campus, and be more successful in your academic, career and personal goals. You should complete the StrengthsFinder inventory before attending Welcome Week which officially begins on Wednesday, August 31.

Once you have taken the StrengthsFinder inventory, visit strengths.umn.edu and complete the Verifying Your Themes activity in the "Now What" section at the bottom of the page. Just look for step #3 under "Explore Your Strengths Further." This activity will help you understand how your talents play out in your daily life and learn how your themes are seen through the eyes of those people who know you well.

If you need assistance accessing the StrengthsFinder assessment, or have lost your personal code, please contact squm@umn.edu.

Welcome Week starts August 31!

Commuter Students:

  • Check in will happen Wednesday, August 31, 2011 in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union from 1:30pm-3:45pm. You will be receiving your personalized Welcome Week schedule at check-in and will be meeting with your small group for the first time at 4:30pm.
  • If you will be driving to campus you can park in the East River Road Garage. At your first small-group meeting your Welcome Week Leaders will provide you with a parking voucher and will discuss your transit with you for the duration of the program
  • You will receive a mailing after August 22 from the Commuter Connection with more information about how to prepare for Welcome Week.
  • If you miss any events on September 1, College Day, your college will follow up with you to determine how you will make up for your absence. For more information visit welcomeweek.umn.edu.

Residence Hall Students:

  • If you're moving into one of the residence halls or University apartments (this includes University Village, Yudof or Wilkins) this fall, the information you need to know and the answers to many of your questions can be found on the Housing & Residential Life website. You should have received your housing and move-in assignment in the mail. It is important that you follow your move-in instructions. If you have questions please contact Housing & Residential Life.
  • Welcome Week Check-In will occur on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 2:00pm – 9:00pm and on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 from 10:00am–6:00pm in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union. It is important that you check-in for Welcome Week after you check-in to your Residence Hall.
  • If you live in Bailey Hall you will be able to check in for Welcome Week in the Bailey Hall lobby on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 4:00pm-9:00pm or on Wednesday, August 13, 2011 from 9:00am-3:00pm.
  • Your campus meal plan does not begin until dinner on August 31. Meals before this time are your responsibility. This is a great opportunity to try some of the local restaurants around you.
  • Take advantage of your time to get settled before Welcome Week begins. You will be busy with activities beginning at 7:00pm on Wednesday, August 31.
  • If you miss any events on September 1, College Day, your college will follow up with you to determine how you will make up for your absence.

What To Bring to Welcome Week

  • All program materials will be provided to you when arrive at check-in.
  • Bring the Welcome Week Event Selection PDF to your first small group meeting. A copy of this was sent to your U of M email account.
  • Bring comfortable shoes for walking, clothing appropriate to the weather an umbrella and some snacks to carry around with you! You will receive a water bottle when you check-in for Welcome Week so that you can stay hydrated during the week.

Follow Welcome Week on Facebook
If you have a Facebook account join the Welcome Week Facebook group at z.umn.edu/wwfacebook.

Your Academics

The University of Minnesota realizes that one of the key components to academic success is learning how to manage your time properly. Before coming to Welcome Week, it is recommended that you create a schedule of how you will manage your time during the first week of classes. The university recommends that for each hour of classroom instruction you should budget in two hours of time to study and work on classroom assignments. When creating your schedule make sure that you include your course load, time to complete assignments and study, meals, free time to have some fun and relax, and time it will take you to get to and from your classes each day. Utilize the Gopher Guide you received at Orientation, this is a great time management tool!

Your Health & Wellness

Check Out the Student Health Benefit Plan Now is a good time to compare your health plan coverage options. Students often switch from a parent or spouse's plan to the University-sponsored Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) to save money or because the SHBP offers the most substantial coverage.

Your Finances

Planning your Finances
With just a few weeks left until your college journey begins, now is the perfect time to sit down and plan a budget for fall semester. For many freshmen this will be the first time you will be managing your own finances. Before coming to Welcome Week you should sit down and create a budget with a family member or mentor. Take into account the cost of tuition, housing, textbooks, incidentals and money for fun activities. For tips on creating a budget and money management visit the One Stop website.

Your Engagement

Greek Life at the University of Minnesota
Have you ever wondered what it is like to join a fraternity or sorority? Now is the time to find out! Visit www.begreek.org to learn about joining a Greek organization. After checking into Welcome Week, look in your student handbook for information on Greek recruitment starting Monday, September 5.

Want to learn about Student Groups on Campus?
Are you curious about how to get involved on campus before you arrive for Welcome Week? Visit the Student Unions & Activities website and look through hundreds of students group profiles to find some that interest you! You will also be able to visit with over 130 student groups at the Explore-U event during Welcome Week!


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