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Issue 10: May 7, 2013


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 pursuits. This will be the last Class of 2016 Newsletter that you will receive from Orientation & First-Year Programs. Check your email for the bi-weekly Undergraduate Update to keep up-to-date on important University information.

Many of you will be moving back home for the summer. 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 for the 2013-2014 academic year. The second year is a time of more independence. Many second-year students move to apartment-style living, work more, and have a busier schedule, in general. To guide you through this transition and provide you with resources for dealing with everyday life — roommates, groceries, finances, and general wellbeing topics – the University has created the Second Year Experience website.

Congratulations again on completing your first year! See you on campus next fall!


  1. Course Registration
    Fall Course Registration began April 11. If you have not registered yet, make sure you prepare to register for your classes by visiting the One Stop website. Also, you are 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 adviser 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 2013-2014 school year costs, visit the One Stop website.



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 about the ins and outs of managing stress.

Exam Jam is here!
Prepare for finals by connecting with other students for tutoring and review workshops. The full schedule of workshops (now through May 11) is available at the Golden Gopher Workshop Database.

End the week at Exam Jam Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 in 140 Appleby Hall. Tutor schedules and more details can be found online.

Finals Week
The University's last day of instruction is Friday, May 10. Final exams will be administered May 13-18. Check out the full final exam schedule online. The University offers several resources to help students prepare, study, and relax for the week. University Counseling & Consulting Services (UCCS) offers services related to academic stress, as well as counseling for individual learning and academic skills. UCCS also offers a variety of helpful workshops, podcasts, and presentations.

Commuter Final Schedules
As a commuter student be sure to check your finals schedule now so that you can make the appropriate adjustments to your schedule. Tips from commuter students include: bringing extra snacks for studying, getting to class/tests 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: Stop by Room 236 in Coffman Memorial Union for some snacks! For transit schedules visit Metro Transit online.


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 2012-2013 FAFSA on file with One Stop Student Services.

Fall 2013 Financial Aid
Fill out your 2013-2014 FAFSA online now to make sure you get your financial aid before the start of the fall 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 classes you can go online for more information.


Your Year ... Your Experiences
When students think back on their first year, some of the most memorable times revolve around experiences outside of the classroom. 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 good time to add your experiences to your resume or portfolio so that you are ready to apply for that next great experience. As you think about next year, make sure to go to www.engage.umn.edu.

Check out the Engage! Search and the Engage blog, and look for the Engage Facebook page and Twitter account for up-to-date listings of opportunities across campus.

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. While you have been at the U of M, 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 Office for Student Affairs offers a podcast to make the transition home a comfortable experience for the whole family.

Summer Healthcare
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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