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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) September 28, 2017

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Welcome to your first semester at the University of Minnesota, I'm excited to introduce myself! My name is Callie Barnette and I will be your Transfer Insider this fall semester. Every new transfer student is assigned a Transfer Insider through the Transfer Student Network (TSN). As a Transfer Insider, I will be sharing my personal transfer journey with you as well as some tips and tricks to help you as you settle into the University of Minnesota!

I am here to make your transition to the U as seamless as possible. Feel free to e-mail me any questions, concerns, or thoughts you may have during this time of transition. Being a transfer student myself, I understand how nerve-wracking and equally as exciting of a time this may be for you. I transferred from the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN in the fall of 2015. I remember feeling anxious, a little unsure, but mostly excited about all of the opportunities the U had to offer. I came to the U not 100% sure what I wanted to major in and where I wanted this journey to take me, but now I can say with confidence that I have found a home here as well as the right path to carry me through the rest of my college years. I am a Communication Studies major in the College of Liberal Arts with a minor in Leadership. I am also involved with TSN, Orientation & First Year Programs, and working on campus. And let's not forget that I am an avid lover of all things Twin Cities!

In your first few weeks here, I encourage you to get involved. This is something I am sure you are hearing a lot, so you may be thinking, "where do I even start?" I attended Transfer Welcome Days, and participated in the Leaders in Transition Living Learning Community. I met many people those first few days. Attending the first football game solidified the fact that I had chosen the right school. Even though Transfer Welcome Days have passed, there are still plenty of ways to get out of your comfort zone and find your niche. Check out a FREE movie in Coffman every Friday and Saturday or attend the Student Leadership Summit taking place on September 24th. You can find out more information on these events and more by checking out this Student Unions & Activities Events page.

You will also be receiving the TSE Monthly newsletter via email these first four weeks that will be packed full of events and information exclusively for transfer students. Keeps your eyes out for that as well as other posters, flyers, and social media updates!

Another great resource that we have on campus is the Center for Academic Planning and Exploration, and they’re launching a great new service this fall! Major Exploration Lab for Transfer Students. Feel like you’re the only undecided transfer student on campus? You’re not the only new transfer student exploring majors, and you shouldn’t have to explore alone. Join the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) for the Major Exploration Lab! This 3-session workshop offered over the course of three weeks is designed specifically for first-semester transfer students. During these hands-on sessions, students will receive guidance, resources, action steps, and most importantly, food! The application is due by October 12th, and can be found here.

All of us Transfer Insiders will be hosting coffee chats for anyone interested. Whether you have questions or simply want to connect with a fellow transfer student, please feel free to contact me directly to set up time for one of us Insiders to take you out to coffee - our treat! Transfer student programming has also been hosting a set of workshops every Friday starting September 15th through October 13th from 12:45-2pm in Appleby Hall 103. More information on the Transfer Workshop Series can be found here. We would love to see you there! I hope you are off to a great start and that your semester continues to go well. I look forward to hearing back from you and grabbing some coffee.

In Gopher Pride,

Callie Barnette
TSN Insider
barne852@umn.edu