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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) October 20, 2016

Hello Gophers!

Are you keeping busy with your classes? Are you unsure how to best prepare for midterms or any other exams you have coming up? Are you feeling pressured to declare a major, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are a few helpful tips for you to look into!


Meet with Your Advisor
No matter what question you may have about your first-year experience, your adviser is always a good place to start. Whether it is answering a concern about graduation, about your major prospects, or about your transition in general, your adviser is there to help! Visit this website for information on where your college advising office is located and how you can set up an appointment with your adviser.

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 if you eat 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.

Professor Office Hours
Taking a professor to lunch is not the only way to connect more with your professors! Professor office hours are another great way to get to know your professors, and these hours don’t have to be used just for questions about class! Take advantage of office hours to ask them for career advice and study tips, for example. Professors are more than instructors; they are great resources beyond the classroom.

Major Scare Workshop
The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) is hosting an interactive event for new students 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 28 from 12:45-5:00 p.m. in 512A Bruininks Hall. Register by October 26. Click here for more information and to register.

Study Spaces
Are you looking for a place to grab a coffee and study on campus? Do you need somewhere quiet to concentrate while studying for a midterm or writing a paper? You can explore different academic buildings to find your favorite study spot or reserve a room in a building for a group study session: The U has many different options available to help you find the perfect place. Click here for more information on reserving rooms.

Managing Your Time and Assignments
If time management is one of your goals for the semester, check out the Assignment Calculator on the University of Minnesota Libraries website. If you enter assignment information (e.g., research paper, speech, lab report, video, poster, etc.) the calculator will give you a timeline and necessary steps. You can also sign up for email reminders. This is a great resource to help you organize your time.


SMART Learning Commons
The SMART Learning Commons is a great resource. Whether you need some extra help for a class or simply want to get in more practice for classes, SMART Learning Commons has peer tutors to help you along the way. There are locations on each of the three campuses, Walter Library Room 204 (East Bank), Wilson Library Room 401 (West Bank), and Magrath Library Room 75 (St. Paul). You can click here for more information.

UMN Libraries
Your University Libraries are your home for academic survival. The website will help you to find the scholarly articles and sources for a great research paper. The 12 libraries have places to be productive and study – from quiet areas to group study rooms to coffee shops. Learn more here.


Fast Forward Workshop
Need a break from midterms? Haven’t been able to focus on yourself as much as you would like? The Fast Forward Program is here to help! Come join OFYP and some student experts to focus on your own wellbeing and how to balance your me time with other aspects of your life, all while enjoying some tasty eats. This workshop will take place Monday, October 24 in Coffman Memorial Union Room 303 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Click here for more information on how to RSVP!

First Year Free Ticket
Good news! You get one free ticket to a Northrop Dance Season performance! This is your chance to see a world-class dance right on campus, for FREE! To reserve your ticket, visit the Northrop box office.

Parent & Family Weekend 2016
Invite your family to join you on campus for Parent & Family Weekend (November 4-6). Parent and Family Weekend will include workshops, educational sessions, activities, football tailgate, and much more! Click here to learn more. Registration closes end of day today (October 20)!

First-Year Leadership Institute
First-Year Leadership Institute is an exceptional opportunity to learn about yourself, make new friends, form a community within the U, and get paired with an upperclassman mentor. Activities will include a team bonding retreat to kick off the program. The retreat is followed by weekly meetings on Wednesday evenings for most of spring semester. You can check out this website for more details.

Orientation & First-Year Programs