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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) November 6, 2014


Plan Accordingly to Make Your Final Fall Tuition Payment
Your final tuition payment is due November 8. If you need additional financial aid or would like more information on billing due dates and payment methods please visit One Stop Student Services.

Meet With Your Academic Adviser
Spring semester registration begins November 11. You will receive an email alerting you of your registration date. 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.

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 Advisor about when the residence halls will close for Winter Break. This is an ideal time to start looking for low-cost airfare if you will be traveling over Winter Break. Take care of your travel plans now so they do not cause you stress during finals.



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 assistance tend to be 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. 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.

Information Session on Spring Freshman Seminars Abroad
Spend Spring Break 2015 learning and traveling in Belize, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Turkey, or the UK! You'll examine an interdisciplinary theme, travel with other U of M students, and earn 3 credits. Take a class on campus in spring, get to know a group of students and the professor, and go abroad over Spring Break! Find out more at an information session Thursday, November 20 or Friday, November 21 at 3:00 p.m. in 214 Heller Hall. Financial aid and scholarship opportunities will also be discussed.

Health & Wellness

Are You Stressed Out?
De-stress at weekly Pet Away Worry & Stress (PAWS) sessions featuring registered therapy animal teams. PAWS is offered at Boynton Health Service’s East Bank Clinic (410 Church St. SE) Wednesdays from 3:00–5:00 p.m. and on select Tuesdays from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in Coffey Hall (Room 120) on the St. Paul campus. Click here to view the PAWS schedule. Boynton also offers students up to 11 counseling visits per year at its Mental Health Clinic. Call 612-624-1444 to learn more.

Recreation and Wellness
Regular exercise can keep you mentally and physically sharp. There are RecWell facilities on the East Bank and St. Paul campuses. In addition to getting in a great workout, you can also get involved with intramural teams, group fitness classes, indoor climbing, or even triathlons. See the Recreation and Wellness website for more information.


Seeking an Inexpensive Way to Get Home for Winter Break?
Private bus companies such as Megabus and Jefferson Lines offer inexpensive bus options for U of M students. If you need to travel and do not have a car of your own, check out the websites 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.


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 Friday, November 15 from 3:00–4:00 p.m. in Room 213 of Morrill Hall. Check here for more information.

Class of 2018 Pride & Spirit Posters from Welcome Week Available
Get your free copy of the Class of 2018 poster! The poster, created from your class picture taken during Pride & Spirit in TCF Bank Stadium, is available to pick up in the Orientation & First-Year Programs Office (315 Coffman Memorial Union). Posters are available from 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Posters are available while supplies last.

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.

Discounted Entertainment Options!
Continue to explore the Twin Cities! 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.

Orientation & First-Year Programs