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

Hello %%First Name%%!

My name is Juan Rujana and I am one of the Transfer Insiders for this semester. This means you can come to me with your questions and concerns, or to get some tips about transitioning to the University of Minnesota as a transfer student. Additionally, I was a Transfer Student Ambassador during the summer, so you might have seen me at some point during Orientation and Transfer Welcome Days.

To give you some background information about me, I am an international student from Venezuela majoring in Product Design in the College of Design, and I transferred from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The main goal of being in the Transfer Student Network (TSN) is to help transfer students have a smoother transition to the University and give them the resources needed to thrive in the University. We will let you know of exciting events going on around campus, invite you to specific transfer student events, and leave you with an open invite for a coffee chat (basically, we will buy you coffee).

There are always a lot of events going on at the University. I would suggest checking out all our student groups, since they always are having events and welcome everyone into their group. This is the best way to get involved on campus, get free stuff, and make new friends. You can just go to the Student Union website and get information about every student group on campus. Some events that you might want to check out this week is the Brazilian Student Association (BRASA) kick-off meeting, they will have free food and awesome music. Another event you might want to check out is the Latino International Student Association (LISA) salsa night this Saturday, I promise you will have a lot of fun trying to learn how to dance and meeting people from all around South America.

Lastly, I would like to invite you to our coffee chats; they are hosted specifically for you to talk with us about whatever you would like to know. You also get coffee, tea, or whatever you're having - on us! Feel free to send me an email to set one up with any of the Transfer Insiders and we can set up a date that works for you! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

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,

Juan Rujana
TSN Insider
rujan001@umn.edu