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Issue 4: November 6, 2013

THINGS TO DO

  1. Plan Accordingly to Make Your Final Fall Tuition Payment
    Your final tuition payment is due November 27. If you need additional financial aid or would like more information on billing due dates and payment methods please visit One Stop Student Services.

  2. Meet With Your Academic Adviser
    Spring semester registration begins November 12. You will receive an email alerting you of your registration. It is never too early to meet with your academic adviser and start planning next semester's schedule. Make an appointment today and beat the rush later this month.

  3. Plan Your Holiday Travel
    The holiday season is coming up: It is time to start thinking about your plans for the Thanksgiving holiday and Winter Break. If you are living on campus you will receive information from your Community Adviser about when the residence halls will be closing for Winter Break. This is also an ideal time to start looking for airfare if you will be traveling a long distance over Winter Break. Take care of your travel plans now so they do not cause you stress during finals.

THINGS TO KNOW

Academics

Preparing for Finals
While preparing for finals, don't forget that University Counseling & Consulting Services offers academic resources to help you succeed. Students who are proactive and seek out assistance tend to me more academically successful. You can also check out the self help section for podcasts, handouts, and other resources.

Having Trouble in a Specific Class? Try SMART Learning Commons
SMART Learning Commons is a free student resource with three locations. There are peer consultants to help with research projects, as well as individual tutoring and structured group study sessions. You can borrow recording equipment for multimedia projects and use editing software in the centers. There is even a test bank available where you can print out previous tests given in specific courses to use as study aids. Visit SMART Learning Commons online for a complete list of resources and locations.

Need Help With a Conflict On Campus?
The Student Conflict Resolution Center assists students with any university-based complaint, including grading and instructional issues, course concerns, and housing conflicts. If you need help to get through difficult conversations on campus, contact the Student Conflict Resolution Center for assistance.

Info Session on Spring Freshman Seminars Abroad
Spend Spring Break 2014 learning and traveling in the UK, Italy, Ireland, or France! You'll examine an interdisciplinary theme, travel with other U of M students, and earn 3 credits. You will take the course on campus during spring semester, get to know a group of students and a professor, and go abroad over Spring Break! Find out more at an information session on Tuesday, November 12 or Wednesday, November 13 from 3-4 p.m. in 214 Heller Hall. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities will also be discussed.

Finances

On-Campus Housing for 2014-2015, Available November 15!
On-campus housing is available for the 2014-2015 year, and applications will be available online November 15. Visit the Housing & Residential Life website to apply or inquire at your residence hall.

Seeking an Inexpensive Way to Get Home for Winter Break?
Private bus companies like Megabus and Jefferson Lines offer inexpensive bus options for U of M students needing to get home for the holidays. If you need to travel and do not have a car of your own, check out these companies online for route information and fares. MetroTransit bus routes and light rail also offer affordable and convenient options to get to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport.

Additional Financial Aid for Fall or Spring Semester
Do you still need financial aid for fall 2013 or spring 2014? If you have not filled out a 2013-2014 FAFSA, it's not too late. But fill it out soon so you receive your financial aid in time for your final fall bill which is due November 27. Fill out your FAFSA online.

If you have not received your financial aid for fall, want to check your financial aid status, have questions on bill due dates and deadlines, or are looking for other financial aid resources please visit One Stop.

Engagement

Attend President Kaler’s Office Hours
President Kaler periodically sets aside time to meet with students. These student office hours are a great opportunity to get to know the president and share your thoughts about the University. His next office hours will be held Friday, November 15 from 3-4 p.m. in Room 213 of Morrill Hall. Check here for more information.

Codes of Silence: Students of Color Speak Out
What does it mean to be a student of color in “post racial” higher education? What does it mean to be a student of color at the University of Minnesota? Through multimedia clips, college students of various races and backgrounds share stories and ask questions that will challenge conversations about race and navigating the halls of predominantly white institutions across our nation. Join the Martin Luther King, Jr. Program from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, November 20 in 312 STSS for a discussion and dinner. Please RSVP at here.

@Home in MN Holidazzle Parade Event for Students from Out of State
RSVP to attend the @Home in MN Holidazzle viewing party in downtown Minneapolis December 7. Transportation and refreshments will be provided for you and a friend to attend this holiday lights parade. RSVP to reserve your place today!

Student Group Involvement
One of the best ways to meet new people in an open and friendly environment is to get involved with a student group. Student groups are always looking for new members – especially first-year students – to help the organization grow and to offer future leadership roles to students.

Discount Tickets Available for Great Entertainment Options!
Get discount tickets at Student Unions & Activities Information Desks for Vertical Endeavors, Water Park of America, movies, Science Museum of Minnesota, bus passes and more.

Health & Wellness

Pet Away Worry and Stress (PAWS) on Wednesdays
Stressed Out? Come de-stress at Boynton Health Service! Starting Wednesday, November 13, weekly PAWS visits will feature dogs, Woodstock the chicken, and other therapy animals. free and open to the public, PAWS runs from 3-5 p.m. on Wednesdays through spring semester at 410 Church St. S.E. (Garden Room–First Floor). Just stop by, no appointments are necessary. Boynton also offers students up to 11 counseling visits a year at its Mental Health Clinic on the East Bank and St. Paul campuses. Call 612-624-1444 to learn more.

Recreation and Wellness
Getting regular exercise can keep you mentally and physically sharp which helps with the transition to college. RecWell facilities are located on both the East Bank and St. Paul campuses. You can get involved with intramural teams, group fitness classes, or get in a great workout at the fitness center. See the Recreation and Wellness website for more information.

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