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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) May 1, 2015



Congratulations on completing your first year at the University of Minnesota!

Many of you will be moving back home for the summer. Stay connected with the friends you made on campus through social media, phone calls, and get-togethers. Remember to take some time this summer to recharge for the 2015-2016 academic year. The second year of college is often a time of more independence. Many second-year students move to apartment-style living, work more hours, and have busier schedules. To guide you through this transition and provide you with resources for dealing with everyday life — including roommates, groceries, finances, and wellbeing topics – the University has created the Second Year Experience website.

This will be the last Class of 2018 newsletter that you will receive from Orientation & First-Year Programs. Check your email for the bi-weekly Undergraduate Update to keep up to date on important University information.


Course Registration
Fall Course Registration began March 23. If you have not registered yet, make sure you prepare to register for your classes by visiting the One Stop website. You are now able to register for May and Summer courses. This is a great time to meet with your adviser and utilize the Graduation Planner to ensure that you graduate in four years. Remember, your academic adviser is a helpful resource for your academic planning.

Spring 2015 Closing for Residence Hall and Apartment Communities
All residence halls close at 8:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16; all residents must be moved out with their spaces cleaned by this time. Any current resident who contracted to stay in summer school housing will need to vacate and clean their current living space by 10:00 a.m. Sunday, May 17 and will be able to move into their summer school space AFTER 10:00 a.m. that day. All residents in campus apartments (Wilkins Hall, University Village, and Yudof Hall) must be moved out and have cleaned their space by Sunday, May 31.

Create a Summer Savings Plan
Before the semester ends, take some time to figure out how you are going to build your savings this summer to cover costs next school year. For helpful hints on budgeting, saving, and 2015-2016 school year costs, visit the One Stop website.

Summer School Housing 2015
Summer school housing is available for students taking a minimum of one academic credit. You have an option to either stay a minimum of one week in 17th Avenue Residence Hall (meal plan required) or a minimum of two weeks in University Village, Yudof, or Wilkins apartments. Students are able to designate their own move-in and move-out dates; within contract terms. More specific information can be found online.



Finals Week
The University's last day of instruction is Friday, May 8. Final exams will be administered May 9-14. Check the full final exam schedule online.

End of the Semester Stress
The end of the semester can be a stressful time of year as you finish projects and papers and study for exams. Visit the student mental health website to learn about the ins and outs of managing stress. University Counseling & Consulting Services (UCCS) offers services related to academic stress, as well as counseling for individual learning and academic skills.

Exam Jam is here!
Prepare for finals by connecting with other students for free tutoring and review workshops in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere. Check the Golden Gopher Workshop Database for a schedule of final exam review workshops. Also, take advantage of a week of extended tutoring hours in two SMART Learning Commons locations, along with Exam Jam Saturday events in SMART Walter May 2 (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) and the MCAE Instructional Center May 9 (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.). Complete tutor schedules and more details can be found here.

Finals Tips for Commuters
Here are some helpful tips from the Commuter Connection to assure your finals week is successful: Check your finals schedule now so you can make the appropriate adjustments to your transit schedule, bring extra snacks for studying, get to your tests early, and be aware of how construction and traffic may affect your commute. Stop by Room 204 in Coffman Memorial Union for some healthy snacks finals week! For transit schedules, visit Metro Transit online.


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 coursework in May session and/or summer term and have a 2014-2015 FAFSA on file with One Stop Student Services.

Health & Wellness

Moving Back Home
For those of you moving back home for the summer, the transition may be just as important as moving into your first residence hall. While you have been at the U of M, you and your family may have changed. Some students find it useful to discuss expectations and considerations with their parents/guardians before returning home. The University of Minnesota Parent Program has compiled tips for successful co-residence to make the transition home a comfortable experience for the whole family. While the advice is aimed at students heading home after graduation, the content can still be helpful to you during your first summer home.

Is school stressing you out?
Schedule a FREE Stress Check In to talk about stressors in your life! Appointments are available now through Friday, May 8 at Boynton Health Service. You’ll meet for 45 minutes with a trained peer helper. Get stress management tools, develop coping strategies, and connect with campus resources.

Experience the healing power of art.
The “Multiple Layers” art exhibit features works by U of M artists that help normalize the conversation around mental health. The display is at Boynton's East Bank Clinic (third floor gallery) through May 14. It is free and open to the public.

Your Year ... Your Experiences
When students think back on their first year, some of their most memorable experiences often revolve around engagement outside the classroom. Summer is a great time to evaluate the experiences you had this year and start to strategize how you want to build on your involvement and continue developing skills next year. To jump-start your reflecting, walk-through the First-Year Photo Project exhibit in the Coffman Art Gallery to view photos students have taken to document their freshman year, and check out the Engage! website to search for involvement opportunities across campus.


Spring 2015 Celebrations Week
May 3 – May 10, 2015. is Celebrations Week in each residential community on campus. There will be specific events hosted in each residence hall and apartment community to celebrate the successes of the academic year. These events have been developed by the Housing & Residential Life staff team to stress the importance of reflection and the ability to express gratitude.

Be a Part of the Game!
Cheer Tryouts: May 15–16, 2015 For more information, email, or visit this link. Go Gophers!

Orientation & First-Year Programs