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Issue 8: March 6, 2013

Itís almost the middle of the semester and most likely you are concentrating on upcoming midterms and papers, and preparing for finals. It is also time to think about tasks related to fall semester such as registering for classes and solidifying your housing for next year. Figure out your next steps and write a timeline in your Gopher Guide. Spring Break is a great time to work on large course projects or to take care of some time-intensive tasks such as looking at housing options.

If you will be traveling over Spring Break, think through how the trip may impact your finances and how decisions you make may impact your health and wellness. Spring Break is a time when many college students make decisions, such as binge drinking, that can have a long-term effect on their life or college career. Take a look at the health and wellness and finances information in this newsletter for tips on having a safe and healthy Spring Break.

THINGS TO DO

  1. Your second Spring 2013 bill will be due March 20
    Go to Pay the University to see all the ways you can pay your bill, as well as future billing dates and deadlines. Contact One Stop Student Services with questions.

  2. Fall Registration
    Class registration for Fall semester begins April 11. You should plan to meet with your academic adviser to create a class schedule for next semester.  Schedule your meeting early to make sure you can get a time close to your assigned registration date.

  3. Graduation Planner
    If you have decided on a major, utilize the Graduation Planner prior to meeting with your adviser. Plan out your course progression to graduation so your adviser can help keep you on track. Looking for an online tool to create customized class schedules for use during registration? Check out Schedule Builder and other degree planning tools. If you have not decided on a major, set up an appointment at the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) or with your college career office before you meet with your adviser so you have some direction when choosing your fall classes.

  4. Off-Campus Housing
    If you are still looking for off-campus housing for next fall, visit the Off Campus Housing website for helpful tips. Before signing a lease, contact University Student Legal Services (612-624-1001) and have it reviewed by a legal professional. They will help you understand all of the legal ins-and-outs of the lease before you sign it.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Technology Help
Offering extensive technical knowledge and round-the-clock support, the 24/7 Service Desk provides the University community with a single, central point of contact for reporting and managing incidents, and requests related to IT services. Contact the 24/7 Service Desk by phone: 612-301-4357 (1-HELP on campus), online, or in person.

Have a Research Paper to Write?
Find Great Sources!

Explore the Course Resources Lab on the U Libraries homepage. You will find Library Course Pages with search tools tailored to your courses, Peer Research Consultants for one-on-one help with research, and the Assignment Calculator to jumpstart your planning.

Become a Better Writer This Semester
Academic writing is hard for everyone, but the Center for Writing's Student Writing Support program can help. Make an appointment or just drop in for a free one-to-one writing consultation.

Do You Need to Drop a Class?
March 15 is the last day to drop a class without college approval for spring 2013. When you withdraw from a class this late in the semester, you will receive a "W" for the class. 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 there can be large impacts on several other parts of your student record. Look at the Cancel/Add and Refund Deadlines calendar for all important class deadlines.

Finances

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.

Free Money for Study Abroad
The Learning Abroad Center is here to help with your education abroad experience with a variety of scholarships (from $750 to $3,000). Find out more at our scholarships page or the learning abroad scholarship database. Be sure to submit your applications by April 17.

Housing Employment Opportunities
Housing & Residential Life will have Information Desk employment opportunities available in many of its buildings for 2013-2014. To know more, connect with the Business Operations Supervisor in your building today. You can meet hundreds of new people and work conveniently near where you live!

Engagement

Staying in The Twin Cities for Spring Break?
Take some time to explore the community! There are volunteer opportunities all over the metro area doing a wide variety of activities. Visit the Hands On Twin Cities website to find an opportunity that interests you. If you enjoy the experience, take a look at other service-related experiences at the U of M!

Spring Jam
The three-day music festival Spring Jam will be April 25-27. Follow Student Unions & Activities on Facebook to find out who will be performing!

Health & Wellness

Spring Break Health & Safety Tips
Are you taking a spring break trip to escape the Minnesota winter? Check out these health and safety tips provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

On-Campus Pharmacy
Boynton Health Service Pharmacy dispenses prescriptions and over-the-counter medications at competitive prices – often lower than retail – as well as select merchandise related to health and wellness.

Student Healthcare on Campus
All University of Minnesota students are eligible to use Boynton's services. Students who pay the Student Services Fee and have health plan coverage from any health plan carrier receive most services at Boynton Health Service at no out-of-pocket cost or at reduced cost after the bill has been processed by their health plan.

Have a Safe Spring Break
Remember that the Student Conduct Code applies to student conduct that occurs on and off campus when it meets a substantial University interest. The University works in collaboration with the U of M Police Department and Minneapolis Police Departments and agencies to promote a safe and respectful community on and around campus.  For more information on the Student Conduct Code, please visit the Office for Student Conduct & Academic Integrity.

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