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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) October 17, 2017


Are you keeping busy with your classes? Not sure how to begin to prepare for any midterms or exams you have coming up? Feeling the pressure of needing to declare a major, but aren’t sure where to start? Here are a few helpful academic tips for you to look into! Feel free to reference the 2017-18 Gold Book.


Meet with Your Advisor – Gold Book p.78
No matter what question you may have about your first-year experience, your advisor is always a good place to start. Whether you have a question about graduation, your major prospects, or about your transition, in general, your advisor can help! Visit their website for information on where your college advising office is and how you can set up an appointment with your advisor.

Take Your Professor to Lunch – Gold Book p.79
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.

Professor Office Hours – Gold Book p.85
Taking your professor to lunch is not the only way to connect more with your professors. 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 a professor for career advice, study tips, or other academic/career input. Your professors are more than instructors; they are great resources for you beyond the classroom.

Not sure where to go? Visit Helping U!
The Helping U desk in Bruininks Hall will connect you to academic support, study spaces, health services, career help, and much more. Stop by and speak with fellow students who can help you find these resources on campus. The desk is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. next to One Stop Student Services.

Major Scare Workshop
Afraid you won't be able to decide on a major? Scared of all the options? Check out Major Scare! Join CAPE on Friday, October 27 in Walter Library for a workshop to help you find the best major for YOU! Space is limited, so register now!

Study Spaces – Gold Book p.86
Looking for a place to grab a coffee and study on campus? Need somewhere quiet to concentrate for that upcoming midterm or paper? Whether you want to 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 – Gold Book p.85
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 organize your time each semester.


SMART Learning Commons – Gold Book p.84-85
The SMART Learning Commons is a great resource available to students. Whether you need some extra help for a class or simply want to get some more practice in for classes, SMART Learning Commons has peer tutors to help. 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 – Gold Book p.85-86
Your University Libraries are your home for academic survival. Their website will help you 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 coffee shops. The Libraries have more than 50 group-study rooms you can reserve, up to two hours per day, two weeks in advance. Also, Peer Research Consultants can help you save time with your research by teaching you the best ways to focus on finding rather than searching. Look for drop-in hours or appointments with the consultants (a.k.a. Library Research tutors) or chat with a librarian 24/7! Discover more at


Catch your Breath with Goldy and Grub
Come get your picture with Goldy! Then enjoy some treats as you share some of your “sweet” and “not-so-hot” moments from your semester. Stop by the Mississippi Room in Coffman on Thursday, October 19 between 2:00-4:00 p.m. to catch your breath! Let us know if you are interested!

Join the Homecoming Parade with OFYP
Looking for a fun way to participate in Homecoming this year? March with other first-year students and current Orientation & First-Year Programs leaders Friday, October 20 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Toss candy and have fun celebrating Homecoming. Interested in joining us in the parade? Let us know by Thursday, October 19 and we will send you more details! Hope to see you there!

Exhibit: A Campus Divided in Andersen Library
Campus is abuzz over the exhibit, A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anti-Communists, Racism, and Anti-Semitism at the University of Minnesota, 1930-1942, which has launched some important conversations about our history and our future. Stop by Andersen Library (West Bank) to see for yourself.

First-Year Leadership Institute – Gold Book p.57
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 the most of spring semester. You can check out their website for more information.

Orientation & First-Year Programs