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

Hello %%First Name%%!

I’d first like to introduce myself, my name is Julia Post and I’m your transfer student insider this semester! I’m a junior double majoring in animal science and physiology in the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). I’m originally from Inver Grove Heights, so I’m a Minnesota native, but I transferred from the University of Florida in the Spring 2016 semester. When I’m not at school or studying, I love taking hikes with my dog and snowboarding as much as I can during the winter.

The Transfer Student Network (TSN) is a group of transfer students who have been at the University of Minnesota for at least a semester who are all here to help you have an easy and successful transition to the University community. We’re all transfer students, so we have made the same transition you are right now, so we are a good resource for any type of questions you may have about anything at the U. We have coffee chats, so you can always shoot me an email to meet at Starbucks to grab coffee for free and just talk if you ever need to.

On another note, to make sure you’re feeling more at home on campus, make sure you are getting involved in organizations, study groups, or even attending the athletic games to become a part of the campus community. Gopher football is back at TCF Bank Stadium this weekend on Saturday the 30th, so if you have season tickets or purchased a single game ticket you should get ready for a good game! Tickets for the homecoming concert happening on October 20th are also on sale, so if you want to see Ty Dolla $ign, Tinashe or Coin make sure to get tickets before they’ve sold out! If neither of these are up your alley, there are always things like movie night happening at Coffman on the weekends.

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.

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.

I was in your shoes not too long ago, so I’m a great resource for you to use. If you have any questions at any time in the semester or want to set up a time to grab coffee, feel free to email me, directly. I look forward to hearing back from you, and hope your semester is off to a great start!

In Gopher Pride,

Julia Post
TSN Insider