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

Hello %%First Name%%!

Let me welcome you to the University of Minnesota. I am sure these first weeks have been hectic, and probably overwhelming for some of you. After a long summer break, it can be hard to get back into school mode.

I am going to try and make this transition to this school as easy as possible for each of you. First, I am going to tell you a little bit more about myself! My name is Hannah and I am a 3rd year student studying Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts. I also recently added the Leadership minor (there is a special transfer section for the first class) because it came so highly recommended! I also am interested in Family Therapy with the Family Social Science department. I transferred to this school the Spring 2017 semester. Milwaukee is what I call home and it's also where I attended two semesters of college. I went to Marquette University right out of high school, but also took some time off of school for military training. I picked the U because the campus is amazing, they have a great psychology program, and I wanted a new beginning. I got what I wanted, and can't even describe how much Gopher Pride I have (I used to think Goldy was silly, but low-key love Goldy now).

I would not love this school as much as I do without all of the great things I've had the opportunity to get involved with. I am currently doing research with the NICE Lab. For Boynton Health, I am also a De-Stress peer counselor. The U offers many activities related to your major (trying to get into grad school y'all, don't judge) but also outside of it as well! If you want to focus on outdoor things we have plenty of things you can do to hold on to the summer feeling. I'd suggest going for a walk over the Stone Arch Bridge. If you're into running, there are clubs that run all around campus and this gorgeous city! The slack lining club also meets in The Knoll Friday afternoons. There is even just a straight up outdoor club. Don't hesitate to look up the list of clubs online, and email them to go to the first meeting. It can be nerve wracking, but everyone always wants new members. Plus most meetings have free food!

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.

As a transfer student, you have special workshops you can attend! 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 am also available to meet for coffee chats with any of you lovely people! Reach out to me over email and we can set something up. Good luck and don't forget to take deep breaths!

In Gopher Pride,

Hannah Corbett
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