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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) May 8, 2017


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 experiences guide you into your future semesters. This will be the last Class of 2020 newsletter from Orientation & First-Year Programs.

Check your email for the bi-weekly Undergraduate Update for important University information and check out the Second Year Experience resource highlighted below.


Take the time to reflect and think ahead to make the most of what you’ve learned in your first year. As you answer the questions, consider sharing what you’ve learned with family, friends, or share with future first-year students!


  • What worked really well for you this year?
  • What could you have done differently to make your experience better?
  • What are some of your favorite memories from this past year?
  • What was your favorite class? Why was it 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 that word 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?

First-Year Transportation Survey
After your first two semesters, how comfortable do you feel with the transportation options on the Twin Cities campus? The Minnesota Student Association wants to hear your experiences as a walker, biker, and/or bus-rider. Please fill out this quick survey (5 minutes) by Friday, May 12.

Thank a Teacher
Have you had a teacher that has made a difference in your education at the U? Take a moment to let them know why! Thank a teacher! Instructors receive a letter with your comments. You may choose to remain anonymous.


Summer is just about here! Here are a few factors to consider as you transition to summer and a different pace of life.

  • Stay connected with friends you made on campus through social media, phone calls, and get-togethers.
  • Remember to take some time this summer to recharge for the 2017-2018 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 experience.
  • 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.


Second Year Experience Website
Visit the Second Year Experience website to learn more about how to make the most of your next year at the U. The website has a variety of resources designed to help you transition to and have a successful second year.

  • Your second year as a student begins during your first year. Check out this resource for up-and-coming second-year students to learn how you can prepare now.
  • If you’re wondering what your second year could look like, check out the second year road map. This helps you see what you could explore or work on throughout your second year.


The Center for Sales Leadership + Education (CSLE) provides an opportunity for all freshmen to further develop their sales education, practical and networking skills, gain real work experiences, and create the next generation of sales leaders. This program is offered at no cost to students and gives them the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Professional Sales and become a member of the University of Minnesota Sales Team. CSLE is located in Suite 224 of the McNamara Alumni Center on campus and you can contact CSLE Director Roy Gaddey at for more information.

Orientation & First-Year Programs