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

Hello %%First Name%%!

My name is Lebene Geoffroy and I'm going to be your Transfer Insider through the Transfer Student Network this semester. The goal of the program is to help transfer students make a smooth and successful transition. As a Transfer Insider, I will help you with your transition here at the University of Minnesota. During this semester, you will get a few emails from me, and if you want to talk, feel free to contact me and we can get coffee together – my treat! Like I said before, my name is Lebene and I'm a food science and nutrition major in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences. I'm also a transfer student and came here in the fall of 2016 from Minneapolis Community & Technical College. I'm originally from Togo, where I was born. In addition to English, I speak French. I became a U.S. citizen last year, and I currently live in Dinkytown.

During the fall of 2016, which was my first semester at the University of Minnesota, I didn't learn much about available resources on campus, and I didn’t meet many people because I was busy with my off-campus job, and my transition here. Spring semester 2017, I ended up getting involved. I joined the Food Science Club, and its objective is to develop a strong community of young professionals in the food science industry. I also got involved in the Rewind. Rewind is a program designed for students to reflect on their first semester and share their stories. Through this program, I had the opportunity to volunteer as an event staff member for Orientation and First-Year Programs during the summer of 2017. As a result, I feel more connected to the University of Minnesota community. My advice on how to meet new people would be to get involved, join clubs on campus and to get out of your comfort zone. I know that the University of Minnesota is an immense institution and it can be hard to meet people in big crowds, so clubs are the best way to connect. If you have any questions about getting involved, and about anything else, don't hesitate to reach out. I will be happy and do my best to provide you with the best answers.

Transfer student programming has 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.

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 am a great resource for you. Feel free to email me back directly and we can set up a time for me to take you out to coffee. Yes, free coffee! I look forward to meeting you and connecting with you.

In Gopher Pride,

Lebene Geoffroy
TSN Insider
women034@umn.edu