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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) February 20, 2014


Get your taxes done. If you worked on campus in 2013, 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.

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 one at the University Bookstore.

Plan out your finances for the next couple months. Your second tuition payment is due March 19. If you still need financial aid for this semester you should contact One Stop for assistance.

Review the deadlines at the Housing & Residential Life website if you are planning on living in an on-campus apartment or residence hall next fall. The final application deadline is March 6 at noon.



Find your match: Visit CAPE to find the major that’s right for you!
Valentine’s Day may be over but it is never too late to find the major that’s your perfect match. If you are thinking about declaring or changing your major this semester, the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) can assist you in exploring your options and creating a plan. Schedule one-to-one coaching, or join the Major Network. Call 612-624-3076 or stop by the office in 511 STSS to schedule an appointment.

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 14 is the last day to drop a class without college approval for Spring 2014. 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 because there can be large impacts on 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. Explore online.


FAFSA Available
Have you filled out your 2014-2015 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 the basics: tuition and fees, room and board, books, and a small amount for personal expenses, but not a spring break trip. If you want to go on a spring break trip, look carefully at your budget and cut costs in other areas to pay for your trip without using loan money or a credit card that collects interest. 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, check out the Office of Human Resources website.


Learn About Campus, Win Great Prizes... Participate in Kick It!
The spring semester Kick It! program runs until March 4. It's online and and is intended to help you learn about campus resources. Participate for chances to win some of the hundreds of awesome prizes given out each Tuesday. Log into your myU portal and click on the Kick It! icon to participate.

Great Leadership Opportunity at Student Unions & Activities
Looking to get involved? Apply to be on Student Unions & Activities Board of Governors. Gain leadership experience by serving as the voice for students in the policies and operations of student unions and make a difference for students on campus. Consult on new programs and services, facilitate the bi-annual Student Services Fees process, and understand and consult on University policy. Applications are open until March 7.

Commuters: Get Involved!
Commuter Connection is a student group that offers events and services with commuter students’ needs in mind. Visit the Commuter Connection website to learn about upcoming events, or stop by the Commuter Connection lounge in room 204 Coffman Memorial Union.

Health & Wellness

Spring Outdoor Trips
Looking for an outdoor adventure this spring? Join the University Recreation & Wellness Center 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!

Looking for Winter Activities?
If you are feeling down because of the weather, or stressed because of school, try doing something new in your free time. Events are always happening on campus through Student Unions & Activities as well as the Recreation & Wellness Center. For some free or low-cost options of things to do around the Twin Cities look at this list.

Sleeping all the Time and 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.

Orientation & First-Year Programs