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

Hello %%First Name%%!

My name is Lindsey, and I’m your personal Transfer Student Insider! I transferred into the College of Design at the U in the spring of 2016, which already feels forever ago. When I was deciding which college to go to, I thought that I wanted a small, private school. You can imagine my surprise when I looked at the only other two students in my class at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and realized that it wasn’t what I wanted at all. I stuck it out for a year and a half before returning back to the Minnesota motherland.

I remember when I first transferred and started receiving these emails; I ignored them. Looking back, I really wish I had taken advantage of this program and my Transfer Insider (sorry Elton). Please be assured that I’m a real person who really wants to meet you – and to take you out to coffee. Yes, free Starbucks!

The Transfer Student Network is here to help answer questions, give advice, or refer you to a campus resource that you may not know about. Most importantly, we’re here to talk about anything and everything! All you have to do is respond to one of these monthly emails saying that you’d like to have a Coffee Chat. As the name implies, we basically chat while sipping (free) coffee. However, chatting is optional. If you want to come for the free coffee, and then stare at me, that’s cool too. I love staring contests.

One thing that I’m looking forward to this semester is the Creative Cookie Bake Sale hosted by the Product Design students. If there’s one thing you’ll learn about me, it’s that I have a crazy sweet tooth! Each of the bags of cookies can be bought for $1 in Rapson Hall’s Courtyard. If you stop by, you’ll probably see me spending half my paycheck and stuffing my face like one of the squirrels that Morningside is known for.

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,

Lindsey Freitag
TSN Insider
freit046@umn.edu