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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) September 5, 2016

Congratulations! You Finished Welcome Week!

%%First Name%%: We hope that you had a great first week at the U! From meeting with your small group and learning more about your college to exploring the U and its surrounding community, you did a lot. We hope that you are starting to settle in.


Complete Welcome Week Evaluation
Now that Welcome Week is over we want your feedback! Go here to complete the Welcome Week evaluation. Tell us about your experience by September 30 and you will be entered to win prizes!

Complete Land O’Lakes Evaluation
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Fast Forward
Want to make the most out of your first semester at the U, but aren’t sure where to start? Consider participating in Fast Forward! Every month, OFYP will host group discussions where you will get to talk with other first-year students and people from campus resources about different aspects of the first-year transition. We will tailor the discussions around what your needs might be at that given time, and there will also be some tasty food for you to enjoy!

Goal Setting
Goal setting is a great way to help you through your first year and there are many resources that can help you along the way!

  • Graduation planner through One Stop helps you plan your future classes and keeps you on track toward graduation.
  • Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) can help you match your interests with a major. You can even create your own action plan.
  • Student Academic Success Services’ academic success plan (SASS), through Student Counseling Services (UCCS), lists five core factors that help promote student success and provides details on how to incorporate those factors into your experience. The five core factors are active learning, self awareness, study skills, life balance, and campus engagement. Visit the SASS website for more information.


Transit Around Campus
Familiarizing yourself with the U of M campuses and the surrounding Twin Cities area is a great way to help you feel more comfortable. Spend a day utilizing the free campus shuttles that the U offers to help get you to the three different campuses (Minneapolis East Bank, Minneapolis West Bank, and St. Paul), and consider spending some time walking around each campus to see what’s around! The public Metro Transit also has numerous stops throughout all the campuses that can help you get around the entire metro area. Click here if you would like more transit information.

Concerned about how to handle a college academic workload? Worried about feeling homesick? Worried about having a roommate and/or adjusting to a shared bathroom situation? Do you just need someone to talk to through the first couple weeks of college about what to expect? The de-stress program is a student health promotion group sponsored by Boynton Health. The group promotes mental wellness through weekly meetings, campus-wide events, and stress check-in appointments with peers. Students are able to meet individually with a trained student volunteer about academic, personal, social, or health stressors that come up as a normal part of college life. If you’re interested in de-stressing, or helping other to de-stress, check out the program!

Orientation & First-Year Programs