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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) January 23, 2018

Hopefully you had a refreshing break and were able to spend some time doing the things you love. Whether you spent your break traveling, relaxing, working, or studying, we hope you are ready to make the most of your next semester!

After being away from your daily routine as a student for so long, it might take some time to settle back in. As you adjust, think about challenging yourself this semester by stepping outside your comfort zone. Below are a few ideas that might inspire you! Feel free to reference the 2017-18 Gold Book.


Undergraduate Roommate Finder – Gold Book p.15
Don’t know who you are going to live with next year? Finding your college roommate just got a whole lot easier. Off-Campus Living has the UMN Undergraduate Roommate Finder. This free service allows you to search for other UMN students looking for roommates.

Check it out! Save the Date: Major/Minor Expo! – Gold Book p.81
U of M students can choose from 140+ majors and minors. So many choices can be overwhelming, so we’ve gathered representatives from every program to answer questions, give advice, and offer guidance. Visit the Major/Minor Expo in Coffman's Great Hall on February 21. Download the app at for more details!

May & Summer Program Expo – Gold Book p.83
Freshmen can study abroad! Come to the Learning Abroad Center's May & Summer Program Expo to learn about fantastic short-term programs open to first-year students. You can attend the expo January 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Walter Library 101.

*Make* 2018 Great at the Libraries
Make 2018 a more creative and innovative year in the libraries free Makerspaces. Learn to 3d model and print, make stickers, hem your pants, relax with art supplies, fold giant origami, teach or attend a workshop, or work with friends to design something new. These spaces are for you and we want your help to make them great. Learn more at

de-stress is hiring! – Gold Book p.49
Are you passionate about helping students manage their stress? De-stress is looking for a paid student coordinator at Boynton for the 2018-2019 school year. The position focuses on developing stress management programming and promotion, much like these weekly emails you receive. Applicants with marginalized identities are strongly encouraged to apply. The application requires a resume and cover letter and will close February 1. Find more information on Goldpass.

Interested in learning how to get started with faculty sponsored research? Gold Book p.83
"Think like a Researcher" is a series of workshops in late January designed to help you become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities including the UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program). Apply at

First-Year Free Ticket at Northrop
Don’t forget! As a first-year student, you get one FREE ticket to any of the dance season performances at Northrop. It’s easy: Go to the box office and tell them you’re a first-year student to reserve your ticket any time.

OFFICE SPOTLIGHT – Gold Book p.84, 85

The SMART Learning Commons has a variety of services to help you feel welcome and make the most of your time at the U. Here’s peek at some of the things you can do at SMART’s three locations.

Meet with a tutor! Trained consultants with specializations in over 200 courses will meet with you on a drop-in basis or by appointment.

Study with classmates! PAL sessions are a great way to meet other students from your class and get extra practice with problems and concepts from the week's lectures.

Get research assistance! Trained research consultants help you locate and evaluate sources for your research paper and more.

Put together a video! We have equipment such as cameras and tripods for you to borrow, software for editing, and trained consultants to work with you.

There’s even more: Explore the possibilities at

Orientation & First-Year Programs