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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) September 26, 2017

We hope that you are having a great start to your semester and that you are beginning to settle in to the U of M. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding your health and safety as you continue your transition.


Take care of yourself
At times, navigating the new opportunities and challenges that come with the college transition can be overwhelming. While you may feel alone in your transition, remember there are thousands of other new students navigating this transition with you. Everyone’s transition will be different, but some common themes exist.

Here have some helpful hints from current Golden Gophers on how to manage the transition:

  • “Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you’re struggling. There are plenty of people around you eager to help ranging from other students to professional staff. You’d be surprised how many others are experiencing the same things or have in the past.”
  • “While studying for exams, writing papers, and keeping up with homework can be demanding, make sure to make time for yourself. Relax every once in a while and treat yourself. Although we all want to get A’s on our work, remember that it’s important to keep your mental health in check, too.”
  • “Friends won’t always come to you. Even though it can be awkward and uncomfortable, put yourself out there. If your neighbors have an open door, stop by. Signing up for student organizations, intramurals, and participating in the overall campus culture are all ways to meet other people and start friendships.”

Don’t forget about your Gold Book!
Gold Book, a publication that you received at Orientation, has a lot of great resources and information to help you navigate campus and life at the U. Throughout the newsletters, you will see references to page numbers in the Gold Book: Get your Gold Book out to follow along and learn more.


Boynton Health – p.49 Gold Book
Boynton Health offers student health promotion groups to help keep you healthy and successful academically. These student-led groups provide confidential, judgment-free support for sexual health, stress management, nutrition, and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Gopher Chauffeur offers free transportation, and Health Advocates are health resources in your residence halls and Greek houses. You can visit this website for more information.

Department of Public Safety – p.30 Gold Book
The University of Minnesota Department of Public Safety includes police, security and communications to protect and serve students, staff, and visitors of the University of Minnesota 365 days a year. The Police (UMPD) will respond to all 911 emergency calls and are responsible for criminal investigations on campus. The Public Safety Emergency Communication Center (PSECC) answers emergency and non-emergency calls. If you dial 911 using a cell phone or a landline telephone anywhere on campus the PSECC will answer your call. For non-emergency incidents or questions call 612-624-COPS (624-2677). Everyone is encouraged to use the 4-WALK, safe walk service: Call 624-WALK (624-9255) if you would like University Security to walk you to your car, residential hall, or class.


Got an hour between classes? Try the Study Space Finder! – p.86 Gold Book
The University has a lot of buildings, but do they all have good places to study? Find quiet study spaces, coffee shops, computer labs, and late-night or early morning (and reservable) group study rooms, too. Try the Study Space Finder and use the map to find a convenient spot near you.

Use the Assignment Calculator to stay on track – p.85 Gold Book
The Assignment Calculator breaks down research and writing projects into manageable steps based on your due dates. Each step includes hints and "how-to" links. Try it for your research papers, speeches, and lab reports. You can also sign up to get text reminders for each step.

Parent & Family Weekend
Miss your family yet? They might be missing you, too! Invite them to join you on campus for Parent & Family Weekend, October 13-15. They can participate in workshops, breakfast, and the Gopher Get Together! Register before October 1 for the best rates!

Visit the Raptor Center
The Raptor Center on St. Paul Campus rehabilitates about 800 sick and injured raptors each year. The winged ambassador birds and knowledgeable staff and volunteers are the Raptor Center’s guides. Your student ID gets you free admission for a tour.

Multicultural Student Engagement
There are many ways to get involved with Multicultural Student Engagement! Leadership and learning opportunities include:

  • Power and Privilege Series
  • Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program
  • Art of Participatory Student Leadership Trainings

Choose reUse and Win!
Don’t forget to use your new Choose reUse & Win water bottle you received at Welcome Week and sticker to earn points and win rewards! Download the free Cupanion app from the App Store or Google Play, refill your water bottle on campus then scan your barcode sticker with your smartphone to earn points.

Student Sound
Head to the Northrop Plaza on Wednesdays at noon through October 12 for FREE outdoor concerts featuring U of M student bands! There are treats or free stuff while supplies last. Jam out on your lunch break!

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

Orientation & First-Year Programs