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Issue 9: April 2, 2013

THINGS TO DO

  1. If you have not met with your academic adviser yet to solidify your fall semester course registration you should make an appointment soon. To make the most out of your advisement appointment, review One Stop's registration preparation resources.

  2. If you are planning on taking May or Summer Term courses, registration begins Tuesday, April 9. May and Summer courses are a good way to get general education course requirements completed. Talk to your academic adviser about course possibilities that may help you.

  3. If you are taking May or Summer Term courses and need housing during that time, Housing & Residential Life offers short-term housing. Look online for deadlines and eligibility. Space is limited, and registration for summer housing is currently available.

  4. Now is a great time to find a summer job or internship. If you have an employer at home, consider contacting them now to arrange your start date. If you are looking for different or more professionally oriented jobs, consider looking on Gold Pass. If you are staying in the Twin Cities this summer and are looking for part-time or seasonal work, refer to the Student Employment website.

  5. UMatter: Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey Share your university experience by completing the SERU undergraduate campus-wide survey. Your responses will help improve existing student services, enhance the student experience, and create new programs on campus. You could win one of 60 $50 campus bookstore gift certificates! Learn more at seru.umn.edu or take the survey online.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

End of the Semester Research Paper Help!
Feeling the crunch? Chat with a Librarian 24/7 to get help with library research. Try a tool like Zotero or RefWorks to create in-text citations and your bibliography in seconds in APA, MLA, or any citation style.

Study Abroad Starts With The First Step
Take the first step toward an exciting learning abroad experience. The Learning Abroad Center now offers online First Step Meetings. If you need a break from studying, check out the online First Step Meeting, or stop by the Learning Abroad Center.

Center for Writing
It is not too late to get help as you write and revise your course papers, your application essays, your resumé, or any other writing project. Visit the Center for Writing's Student Writing Support program to make an appointment for a face-to-face or online writing consultation, check the walk-in schedule, or access "quick help" online resources. Be savvy and use the mySWS portal to look for same-day appointments in Nicholson and online and to check the consultant schedules and the number of students waiting at the Appleby walk-in location.

SMART Learning Commons
If you are struggling with your courses this semester, take a look at the SMART Learning Commons. Access a wide variety of services including tutoring, assistance with study skills, and group study sessions for specific courses.

Finances

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. Summer financial aid will be awarded beginning the second week in May.

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 semester. You will receive an e-mail in July asking you to respond to your financial aid awards for the upcoming school year. Contact One Stop Student Services with financial aid questions.

Financial Counseling
Boynton Health Service and Lutheran Social Service Financial Counseling offer trustworthy financial counseling help with debt management plans, free budget counseling, and information about credit and consumer protection. Make an appointment to find ways of saving money this summer.

Health & Wellness

Moving Back Home
Moving back home for the summer, can be just as important a transition as moving into your first residence hall. It is important to realize that while you have been away, you and your family may have changed. Some students have found it useful to discuss expectations with their parents/guardians before returning home. The University’s Office for Student Affairs offers a podcast to make the transition home a comfortable experience for the whole family.

Summer Healthcare
Wondering where you can receive health care over the summer? Students who paid the spring Student Services Fee who need care in the summer are covered by Boynton Health Service through mid-August – whether taking classes on campus or not. You can go online to the Boynton Health Services website for information on 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. You can schedule an appointment by calling 612-625-3222.

Engagement

First-Year Photo Project Gallery
First-Year Photo Project posterLast summer 11 incoming students were chosen to participate in the First-Year Photo Project. For the last two semesters they have been creating a photo documentary of what it means to be a first-year student at the U of M. Their work can be viewed after April 18 in the Coffman Memorial Union Theater Gallery. The opening reception will be on April 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the gallery.

Spring Jam 2013
Attend a three-day music festival from April 25–27 featuring live performances, hip-hop yoga, community service opportunities, and late-night events. Follow Student Unions & Activities on Facebook to find out who's performing at Spring Jam. The full schedule is here.

Upcoming Events and Activities at the Student Unions
End the school year with some fun! Student Unions & Activities has many events planned, including Western Night and War & Peace Night. Maps & Atlases will perform and Jamie Tworkowski, founder of the nonprofit To Write Love on Her Arms, will be coming in the next few weeks. Free showings of Guilt Trip and The Hobbit are planned, too. For more information, visit the Student Unions & Activities events calendar.

Got Talent?
Show off your talent for the chance to win a 40-inch Westinghouse TV at Last Gopher Standing hosted by Student Unions & Activities on April 20! The second place winner will receive a $50 Visa gift card, and the third place winner will receive a $25 Visa gift card. Sign up today.

Strengths at the U
Are you using your Top 5? The Office for Student Engagement offers many resources to help you learn more about your Strengths and how you can use them to be successful at the U. The 34 in 34 campaign highlights a Strength-of-the-Week and features two members of the U of M community and how they use that Strength to be successful. Read these stories to get tips for how you can use your own Top 5 to succeed. “Today is the day to tell the roommates it's their turn to do the dishes #Command #34in34.” You’ll find tips and suggestions for each Strength-of-the-Week as well as Strengths-related articles and resources by following @UMN_Strengths on Twitter.

The next available Strengths workshop explores using your Strengths in finding a job. “Strengths + Career = Finding a Job” is free and will be held Thursday, April 4 from 1:00–2:00 p.m. in STSS 131A. Find out more and register today.

“Don’t Sit in Silence” Mental Health Awareness Day
Don't Sit in Silence: Mental Health Awareness Day 2013 is April 16 on Coffman Memorial Union's front lawn from 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Stop by to engage in free wellness activities and learn more about mental health resources on campus. Dr. Shane Lopez, senior scientist, professor, positive psychologist, and world-renowned expert on hope will be a featured speaker. Dr. Lopez’s closing remarks will be from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in Campus Club Conference Rooms A/B/C. This event is free and open to all students. He will focus on how the tiny ripple of hope you set in motion can change the path of someone’s life and can make their future better.

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