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Issue 7: January 16, 2012

THINGS TO DO

  1. Review Your Syllabi
    Take a look at all of your class syllabi. Make note of any important dates and write them in your Gopher Guide as a reminder.
  2. Meet With Your Academic Adviser
    Set up an appointment with your Academic Adviser. Although it is the beginning of the semester, an early advising appointment might help you better plan for next semester.
  3. Prepare for Tax Season
    Get your tax information ready. If you worked on campus you will be getting a W-2 in the mail by the end of January. If you are eligible to receive a 1098T form for education tax credits or deductions, you will also receive it in the mail by the end of January.
  4. Plan Your Finances
    Your first tuition payment is due Feb. 15, 2012. If you still need financial aid for this semester, contact One Stop for assistance.
  5. Fill out Fall Residence Hall Applications
    If you are planning on living in an on-campus apartment or residence hall next fall, take some time and review the related deadlines at the Housing & Residential Life website.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Disability Accommodations for Spring 2012
Have you set up your academic accommodations through Disability Services yet? Disability Services assists students with a variety of conditions (e.g. mental health, learning, physical, attention, vision and hearing). Additional information is available online or you can call 612-626-1333 and speak confidentially with a Disability Specialist.

Get Personal Academic Assistance Training
Start out on the right foot this semester! If you want to improve your grades from last semester, or you just want to continue to do well,, check out Student Academic Success Services (SASS). They help students bring their academic abilities up to a University level of competence. Any student can get personalized academic assistance by contacting University Counseling & Consulting Services.

Variety is the Spice of ... uhh... Your Research Paper?
Students and professors say that using a variety of sources, including something unusual (e.g. not found in Google), often makes for a better research paper. For example, an image or a historic newspaper can engage your reader in a new way. Visit the University Libraries website for quick tips on finding useful sources for your next paper. Or you can ask a librarian in person, chat 24/7, or by email or phone.

STUDY AWAY in the USA (and Canada) through National Student Exchange!
Through NSE, you can study at another school for a semester, summer, or year! Choose from nearly 200 schools in the United States and Canada, as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You'll pay U of M tuition and earn credits toward your degree. The application deadline for the 2012/2013 school year is Feb. 17. More information is available online.

It's Time to Start Planning Your Summer Abroad
As the winter drags on, take time to plan for an enriching summer abroad. It won't disrupt your four-year plan and the Learning Abroad Center has options all around the world. Check out your options.

Technology Help at Office of Information Technology (OIT Tech Stop)
Tech Stop is your first point of contact for computer, internet, and campus telephone support. Walk-in help for these and many other technology issues is available at the Office of Information Technology's Tech Stop in Coffman Union.

Health & Wellness

Want to Improve Your Relationship with Your Roommate this Semester?
Many students have some initial difficulties living with a roommate. Good communication is critical, and the roommate agreement you were provided is a great tool to help. If this isn't working for you, please consider contacting your Community Advisor or other residence life staff. There are other resources to help!

Health Care on Campus
All University of Minnesota students are welcome to use Boynton Health Service. Students who pay the Student Services Fee and have active health plan coverage receive most services at Boynton Health Service at no out-of-pocket cost or at a reduced cost. For minor illnesses, stop by the Gopher Quick Clinic's two convenient locations for walk-in service.

Off-Campus Housing 101 - Renter's Forums
Thinking of renting an apartment? Know what your rights and responsibilities are BEFORE you sign a lease. Renter's Forums will address issues and concerns student renters must be aware of before they rent, including community involvement, obligations, and responsibilities in neighborhood housing. The workshops are at the following times and locations:

  • Jan. 23 in Bailey Hall upper lobby lounge
    (9:00 p.m.)
  • Jan. 24 in Centennial Hall library (9:00 p.m.)
  • Jan. 25 in Middlebrook Terrace Room
    (9:00 p.m.)
  • Jan. 30 in Sanford Hall room 153 (9:00 p.m.)
  • Jan. 31 in Comstock Hall ballroom (9:00 p.m.)
  • Feb. 1 in Frontier main lounge (9:00 p.m.)
  • Feb. 8 in Coffman room 303 (12:00 p.m.)

Secure Your Personal Computer
Get your computer ready for the University network by following these steps. Don't forget to download and install Symantec AntiVirus (SAV).

 

Engagement

Spring Semester Involvement Fair
Activities Fairs showcase hundreds of student groups and involvement opportunities. The Spring semester fair will be on Jan. 31, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union's Great Hall. More information is available online.

Learn About Campus, Win Great Prizes ... Participate in Kick It!
The Spring semester Kick It! program has begun. Participate in this six-week program where you can learn about everything the campus has to offer from the comfort of your own computer! Hundreds of prizes are given out every week! Log on to the myU portal and click on the Kick It! icon.

Welcome Week Leader Applications Available
If you are looking for additional leadership opportunities, or if you simply had a great time at Welcome Week, apply to become a leader and help welcome the Class of 2016! Applications for the 2012 Welcome Week Leader position are available online.

Start The Semester Off Right: Engagement Opportunities Can Help!
It is a new semester with new opportunities for you to get involved on campus and in the community. Every day a collection of opportunities are found, posted and shared on Facebook, Twitter and through a blog that is part of Do What Matters!, a tool for you to use that is as easy as looking at Facebook. Do What Matters! only has activities and events that are of interest to students. If you can't find what you are looking for, search for specific items in the Engage! search.

I Know My Top 5, Now What?
By now you know your Top 5 Talent Themes and have probably had some Strengths-related interactions with others on campus. But what does it all mean? Starting this semester, there will be sessions every few weeks for students like you! Come together to talk and learn about Strengths, share your own Strengths stories and hear others stories, and help generate ideas about opportunities for students to interact with Strengths on our campus. One of the best ways to understand your Strengths and the Strengths of those around you is to talk about them! The first session is Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 from 12-1pm in STSS 518/520. Feel free to bring your own lunch.

@Home in MN: Ice Skating at the Depot
Are you from out-of-state? Do you know someone who is? Come join in some Minnesota winter fun at the Depot Ice Rink on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. to –9:00 p.m. Take this opportunity to explore part of Downtown Minneapolis, ride Metro Transit and participate in a Minnesota tradition. If you are from out-of-state, come on your own or bring up to two Minnesotan friends with you. It will be a great time to get to know other new students as you kick of second semester. All skill levels are welcome. Skate rental (if needed) and admission is provided. Please RSVP in advance, space is limited.

Finances

Apply for Scholarships
Now is a great time to search for scholarships for the current and upcoming terms. Go to the University's Scholarship Search to view an individualized list of scholarships for which you may be able to apply. Brief scholarship descriptions and links to where you can learn more are provided. Be sure to check your matches throughout the year.

Find a Job on Campus
Short on cash? Work on campus! Look for a part-time job on campus that works with your class schedule. For more information, to view available jobs, or to fill out an application, you can get started at the Office of Human Resources website. For help with your resumé or interview skills, contact your college's career center.

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