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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) May 9, 2016

Congratulations, %%First Name%%!

You are just about to complete your first year at the University of Minnesota and that is a great accomplishment! Even amidst the workload of finals, stop long enough to give yourself a pat on the back!

Continue working toward a strong finish, and when you are done with the semester, be sure to reflect back on your first year here and let that help guide you into your future semesters.


  • What worked really well for you this past year?
  • What could you have done a little differently this past year to make your experience a little bit better?
  • What was your favorite highlight(s) from this past year?
  • What was your favorite class? How can you keep studying courses like that?
  • If someone were to ask you to describe your first year at the U with one word, what would it be?

Fast Forward:

  • What do you hope to continue doing to help you succeed in your future semesters?
  • What study habits worked well that you want to continue next year?
  • What are you most looking forward to next year?
  • Looking for more ways to make your second year the best is can be? Visit the Second Year Experience website.

Summer is just about here

Here are a few factors to be considering as you transition to a different pace of life!

  • 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.
  • If you are going home, remember that home may feel different (expectations, responsibilities, personal space, etc.) than how you once knew it. Talk with your family about some of the differences you may be experiencing.
  • Will you have a summer job? Consider how the skills you will learn will help you work toward your career goals. Consider meeting with Career Services when you return to grow from your experiences.
  • Still need a summer job? Network with family and/or friends where you will be living and use job hunting resources such as GoldPASS.

Onward to your Second Year

While your first year of college may be wrapping up, your second year awaits! Just as your first year had some unique challenges and opportunities, so will your second year. 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 – you will continue to receive the Class of 2019 eNewsletter from the Second Year Experience team! Check out the SYE website to learn more!

Orientation & First-Year Programs