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Issue 6: January 24, 2013

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. Refer back to your semester planning calendar that you received during Welcome Week.

  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 plan out your steps for next semester.

  3. Prepare For Tax Season
    Get your tax information ready. If you worked on campus you should 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 receive it in the mail by the end of the month.

  4. Plan Out Your Finances
    Your first tuition payment is due on Feb. 20. If you still need financial aid for this semester, contact One Stop for assistance.

  5. 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 deadlines at the Housing and Residential Life website to ensure you receive on-campus housing for fall semester.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Disability Accommodations For Spring 2013
Have you set up your academic accommodations through Disability Services (DS) yet? DS serves students with a variety of conditions including mental health, attention and learning, mobility, medical conditions, vision, hearing, and brain injury. For additional information check the DS website or call 612-626-1333.

Get Personal Academic Assistance Training
Start out on the right foot this semester! Most students find the academic demands of the U very challenging, even students who have excellent high school grades. Student Academic Success Services (SASS) helps 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.

Got a busy semester? Start planning now!
Use the Assignment Calculator from the University Libraries to plan out the milestones in your big research papers and projects such as lab reports, videos, speeches, and more. Sign up to get email reminders, too!

STUDY AWAY in the USA (and Canada) through National Student Exchange!
Through National Student Exchange (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 US Virgin Islands. You'll pay U of M tuition and earn credits towards your degree.! The preferred application deadline for the 2013/2014 school year is Feb. 14. More information is available online.

It’s Time to Start Planning Your May term or 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 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 Technologies Tech Stop in Coffman Memorial Union.

Health & Wellness

Want to Improve Your Relationship with Your Roommate this Semester?
Many students have some initial difficulties living with a roommate. Communicating with your roommate 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 helpful resources.

Health Care On-Campus
All University of Minnesota students can use Boynton Health Services. 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. Free flu shots are available on all campuses. No appointment necessary!

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).

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:

  • Jan. 28 in Bailey Hall Upper Lobby Lounge
    (9:00 p.m.)
  • Jan. 29 in Centennial Hall Library (9:00 p.m.)
  • Jan. 30 in Middlebrook Terrace Room
    (9:00 p.m.)
  • Feb. 4 in Sanford Hall Room 153 (9:00 p.m.)
  • Feb. 5 in Comstock Hall Ballroom (9:00 p.m.)
  • Feb. 6 in Frontier Main Lounge (7:00 p.m.)

Also, the Off-Campus Housing Fair is just around the corner – Feb. 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., CMU Great Hall.

 

Engagement

@Home in MN Spring Events
Experience everything Minnesota has to offer! @Home in MN, a program designed for out-of-state, first-year students, will be hosting a number of free events this semester!

  • Indoor ice-skating at The Depot, Feb. 5 from 5:45 to –8:15 p.m. Click here to RSVP.
  • "Funding for the Future: Finances for Out-of-State Students. What's in your budget?" a financial workshop hosted by One Stop Student Services, Feb. 6 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

2013 Spring Activities Fair
The Activities Fair showcases hundreds of student groups and involvement opportunities. The Spring Activities Fair will be Feb. 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in CMU–Great Hall.

Learn About Campus, Win Great Prizes ... Participate in Kick It!
Kick It logoThe 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 web Portal and click on the Kick It! icon.

Events & Activities
Looking for something to do on the weekends? Events & Activities happen every weekend at Coffman Union or St. Paul Student Center. Enjoy performances by nationally recognized names, concerts, weekly films and much more! Check out the online events calendar for more information.

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 2017! Applications for the Welcome Week Leader 2013 positions are available online until Feb. 13.

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 engagement opportunities are found, posted and shared on the Engage UMN social media venues including Facebook, Twitter, and a Blog. You can also check out the Engage Search. Search opportunities by keyword or by category.

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 resume or interview skills contact your college’s career center.

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