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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) October 16, 2015

Hello Gophers!

Are you keeping busy with your classes and getting involved on campus? Here are a few resources for you to help take care of yourself and to keep exploring. Enjoy!

First-Year Leadership Institute

First-Year Leadership Institute is an exceptional opportunity to learn about yourself, make 30 new friends, form a community within the U, discover your strengths and how to use them, and to get paired with an upperclassman mentor. Activities will include a team bonding retreat to kick off the program the first weekend of the spring semester. The retreat is followed by weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings for most of the spring semester. Applications will be accepted until October 23 and can be found at! Questions can be directed to

Major Scare Workshop

The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) is hosting an interactive event for new freshmen designed to help with major exploration! Learn how your interests and values apply to different majors at the U. The event will take place October 23 from 12:45-5:00 p.m. in 432B Bruininks Hall. Register by October 20. Click here for more information and to register.

Take Your Professor to Lunch

The Take Your Professor to Lunch Program (TYPL) allows undergraduate students enrolled in a class of 30 or more students to connect further with their instructors over lunch – and it’s free! TYPL will pay up to $10 per person for lunch as long as it is at a participating campus restaurant. Faculty-student interactions are a great way to help your academic success and these connections can be helpful down the road for your post-graduation planning.

U of M Crisis Line

We know your first year of college can be difficult. This is why the U of M has many different programs that can help you with the transition. One program is new this year: The U of M textline allows you to talk to a counselor 24/7 who can offer suggestions or provide appropriate resources. All you have to do is text UMN to 61222. You can also call the U of M crisis line at 612-301-4673 if you would rather talk to a counselor. If there is an immediate emergency, call 911.

First Year Free Ticket

Northrop is offering one free dance event ticket to all new freshmen! Pick any dance season event you would like to attend and then reserve your ticket in person at the Northrop Box Office. You can reserve your ticket at any point during the season, but please note that the last event is April 27 so the last day to reserve a ticket is April 26.

Respect U Call to Action

Have you completed the call to action you received at Respect U during Welcome Week? Either way, we want to know about your experience. Complete this short form to tell us about your experience. The first 100 students to complete the form will receive a free gift from a local business!

Orientation & First-Year Programs