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

Hello %%First Name%%!

Welcome to the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities! I am personally glad you chose to come here, I LOVE the University of Minnesota and I really think that you will too!

You might be wondering who I am and why I'm emailing you... well, my name is Meida and I am your Transfer Student Insider! The Transfer Insiders are volunteers within the Orientation & First-Year Programs office. All new transfer students are intentionally enrolled into the Transfer Student Network aimed at helping new transfer students make a smooth transition to their new home at the U. All of us Transfer Insiders are connected to all of you new transfer students to offer advice and stories of our transfer experiences and are readily available to help answer questions, help point new students in the right direction if they need to reach a campus resource or need someone to talk to.

I know that transitioning to a new school (perhaps even a new country or state) can be difficult. I transferred from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California in Spring 2016, AND I am also an international student from Singapore (of which the first language is English). Upon coming here, I realized that one of the best things about being at this University is that the school has a huge population of thousands of students, which opens up many majors, clubs, and opportunities that would benefit a lot of people!

I remember even before my first day here, there was a lot of push to be “involved” and “engaged” on campus. It was somewhat a common-sense sort of advice to assimilate to a school, but there weren’t clear examples and details of how to actually get involved. In my personal experiences, the best way to get involved and engaged to the U is to go for school events- that usually involves free food- and talk to the people hosting to get involved in their organizations. Look out for emails, flyers and advertising around the school!

My job, as I mentioned, is to be a source of support and help in your transition here at the U. I’m a great resource for you! Feel free to email me any questions, concerns, or thoughts you have during this time of transition. If you’re interested in having a chat about your time here at the U, or if you want to talk about my experience transferring, feel free to contact me directly to set up a time that myself or another Transfer Student Insider, can take you out to coffee (Starbucks!) – our treat! If you’d like to talk at all about your transition, your first semester, or anything at all, email me. I hope the rest of your semester continues to go well, and I am excited to hear back from you, and grab some coffee together!

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.

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.

If you’ve read up till here, thank you for reading and I warmly welcome you again to the U and hope you have a pleasant journey ahead! Enjoy your time here and look out for my next email!

In Gopher Pride,

Meida Surya
TSN Insider
surya015@umn.edu