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Issue 7: February 19, 2013


  1. Get your taxes done. If you worked on campus in 2012, you should have received your W-2 in the mail by now. You may have also received a 1098T tax form which outlines your University expenses that can be used for Federal tax credits.

  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 on March 20, 2013. If you still need financial aid for this semester 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 and review the deadlines at the Housing & Residential Life website. The final application deadline is March 14, 2013 at noon.



Deciding On a Major
If you are still thinking about declaring (or changing) your major this semester but need help exploring options, make an appointment at the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE). You can meet with a CAPE Coach who will assist you in exploring majors across all U of M undergraduate colleges and creating a personal action plan.

Stress Management
With papers due, campus activities happening and midterms just around the corner, you may be stressed out. Check out resources on the Student Mental Health website to help you better manage stress.

Do You Need to Drop a Class?
March 15 is the last day to drop a class without college approval for spring 2013. 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 – doing so can impact several other parts of your student record and financial aid. 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.

Health & Wellness

Change Up Your Workout Routine with Kettlebell Training Sessions
Kettlebell training increases body awareness, coordination, cardiovascular fitness, muscular and core strength, as well as overall power and explosiveness. Rec Sports is offering monthly cycles of kettlebell training classes. Register by February 27 for the March sessions. For more information, visit the Small Group Training page.

Looking for Activities to do this Winter?
With the mild weather this winter, it is easy to stay active. This is also a great way to manage stress. If you are feeling down because of the weather, or stressed because of school, try doing something new in your free time. There are always events happening on campus through Student Unions & Activities as well as Rec Sports. Another on-campus activity that you can take part in is visiting the RESPECT U panels, which are currently on display on the 5th floor of STSS. Stop by any time to reflect on your Welcome Week experience and see what your classmates wrote about respect. 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. Check out these tips for getting better rest.

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Learn About Campus, Win Great Prizes ... Participate in Kick It!
The spring semester Kick It! program runs until March 4th. Hundreds of prizes are given out every week. You’ll learn about campus resources– and you’ll have a chance to win. Log on to myU portal and click on the Kick It! icon to participate.

Student Leadership Opportunities at Student Unions & Activities
Volunteer for Student Unions & Activities Board of Governors for the 2013-2014 academic year. Gain leadership experience by serving as the voice for students in the policies & operations of Coffman Memorial Union and the St. Paul Student Center, consulting on new programs and services, facilitating our bi-annual Student Services Fees process and understanding and consulting on University policy. Applications open February 25 and are due March 14 at 4:30 p.m. Apply here!

Commuters: Get Involved!
Avoid the spring semester slump by getting involved with the Commuter Connection! As a student group for commuters, events and services are provided specifically for commuter student needs. Visit 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 trips are lead by two trained leaders and include transportation and all necessary permits. Space is limited, so contact the COA office to confirm your next great outdoor adventure!


FAFSA Available
Have you filled out your 2013-2014 FAFSA yet? The priority deadline for all returning students is April 15. You can 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's collecting interest.

Consider this: If you spend $750 on a spring break trip on your credit card (15% interest rate) 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 in 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.


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