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Issue 8: February 17, 2012

THINGS TO DO

  1. Get your taxes done. If you worked on campus you should have received your W-2 in the mail by now.  All students should receive a 1098 form.  It outlines your University expenses that can be used as a federal tax write-off.

  2. If you made any course changes this semester you should review your course syllabi.  Make sure you write down any important dates in your Gopher Guide.  If you have lost your Gopher Guide you can purchase a new planner at the University Bookstore.

  3. Plan out your finances for the next couple months.  Your second tuition payment is due March 14, 2012.  If you still need financial aid for this semester you should contact One Stop for assistance.

  4. If you are planning on living in an on-campus apartment or residence hall next fall, take some time to review the deadlines at the Housing & Residential Life website. The final application deadline is March 28, 2012.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Deciding On a Major
If you are still thinking about choosing your major this semester but need some help exploring your options consider making an appointment at the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE). You can meet individually with a CAPE Coach who will assist you in exploring different majors and creating a personal action plan.

Stress Management
With papers due, campus activities happening and midterms just around the corner, you may be beginning to feel stressed out.  Check out resources on the Student Mental Health website for information on identifying and managing your stress.

Do You Need to Drop a Class?
March 13 is the last day to drop a class without college approval for Spring 2012.  You will receive a "W" on your transcript.  It is always a good idea to talk with your adviser and a One Stop counselor when you want to make a change on your registration as those changes can  impact other parts of your student record.  Review the Cancel/Add Deadlines calendar for all important class deadlines.

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

Finances

FAFSA Available
Have you filled out your 2012-2013 FAFSA yet? The priority deadline for all returning students is April 1. You can easily fill out your FAFSA online.

Can You Afford That Spring Break Trip?
Financial aid is intended to cover a modest student lifestyle, including only the basics: tuition and fees, room and board, books, and a small amount for personal expenses, not a spring break trip. If you want to go on a spring break trip, look carefully at your budget and think about how you can cut costs in other areas to pay for your trip without using loan money or a credit card that collects interest.

Consider this: If you charge $750 on your credit card (with a 15% interest rate), for a spring break trip and you can only afford to make a required minimum payment, it will take you six and a half years to pay off your trip, and you will have paid $434 dollars in interest. That spring break trip now cost you almost $1,200! Find more information on spending responsibly, and managing your finances by visiting the money management section of the One Stop website.

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.

Engagement

Become a Welcome Week Leader
Did you enjoy your transition to the U? Are you looking for a fun way to gain leadership experience? Become a Welcome Week Leader for Fall 2012.  Applications are due Feb. 22, 2012.

Learn About Campus, Win Great Prizes ... Participate in Kick It!
The spring semester Kick It! program is running until Feb. 28. Participate for a chance to win many great prizes.  In this six-week program you can learn about all of the campus resources available to you from the comfort of your own computer. Hundreds of prizes are given out every week! Log onto myU portal and click on the Kick It! icon.

Student Leadership Position Available at SUA
Volunteer for the Student Unions & Activities Board of Governors for the 2012-2013 academic year. Serve as the voice for students in the policies & operations of student union facilities by consulting on new programs and services, facilitating our bi-annual Student Services Fees process, understanding and consulting on University policy and more. Apply by March 2.
 
Get Paid to Plan Events on Campus!
Student Unions & Activities Program Board is accepting applications until 4:00 p.m.  Friday, Feb. 17 for committee chair positions. Committee chairs are responsible for planning a variety of events like Homecoming, Spring Jam, and Gophers After Dark for the University of Minnesota.

Commuters: Get Involved!
Avoid the spring semester slump by getting involved with the Commuter Connection! Events and services are provided specifically for commuter student needs.  Visit the Commuter Connection website to learn about upcoming events, or just stop by the Commuter Connection lounge in room 236 Coffman Memorial Union.

Spring Outdoor Trips
Looking for an outdoor adventure this spring? Join Rec Sports and the Center for Outdoor Adventure (COA) on an outdoor adventure! All trip fees include two trained leaders, transportation and all necessary permits. Space is limited, so contact the COA office to confirm your next great outdoor adventure!

Health & Wellness

Here Are Some Resources For Being Active – Inside or Out!
Winter can be a tough time to live in Minnesota.  The weather combined with the stress of new courses and the adjustment to a new semester can take a toll emotionally.  But with the mild weather this year it is easy to stay active.  If you are feeling stressed – for any reason – try doing something new in your free time.  There are always events happening on campus through Student Unions & Activities as well as Rec Sports.  For some free or low-cost options of things to do around the Twin Cities look at this list!

Feel Like You Are Sleeping All the Time and Are Still Tired?
Studies have shown that college students are the most sleep-deprived population in America.  Between your classes, engagement activities, internships and work, it can be difficult to get a full night’s sleep.  Make sure you are making the most of your sleep.  Check out these tips for getting better rest.


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