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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) March 30, 2016

Hello %%First Name%%!

I hope you all had a refreshing spring break! Only a few more weeks and you’ve survived your first semester at the U! That’s something to be very proud of, and I hope you’re getting excited to spend more time around campus in the future. The theme of the month is Spring Survival! I’ll talk a little bit about well-being and about fun spring events on campus.

Everyone’s mood begins to shift when the weather starts to warm and the winter blues fade away. Spring is a great time to start getting in shape for the summer! If you’re the gym type, the Recreation and Wellness Center is right up your alley. There’s something for everyone at the rec, including a running track, rock climbing walls, and a schedule of classes. Check it out if you haven’t already! Gym not your thing? Spend a little time walking or jogging around campus or on the river trails. There are also plenty of biking paths on campus and throughout Minneapolis if you’re into cycling. As the semester ramps up, its really important to take a little time out of our schedules to do something for ourselves. A quick work out, a home cooked meal, a night out with friends, or even an afternoon cat nap can help balance out the stress of being a student. Studying is important, but don’t be afraid to treat yourself!

If you haven’t heard yet, Spring Jam is coming soon! Spring Jam is basically one big party for students. There’s food, games, and concerts! Details have just been announced so check out there website for the lineup! Generally, little fun events will pop up on Northrop Mall and other places on campus. Last year, there was a petting zoo with alpacas and other cool animals! I don’t believe these small things are announced to the students, so keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary! Minneapolis/St Paul also offers great areas for concerts of all kinds. Performance venues are everywhere and big names and up-and-comers alike have shows scheduled. Beyoncé has a show at TCF Bank Stadium soon and Ellie Goulding is playing in St Paul. I recently got tickets for a Silversun Pickups show and I’m really excited! There is always plenty of fun to be had on and off campus in the Twin Cities!

Hopefully some of what I said is new to you or inspires you to try something different. Of course, we’re still college students so we have some work to do before summer. If you haven’t already, it may be beneficial to you to find a favorite study spot on campus. Having a designated study spot allows me to focus on my work without the distractions of my apartment. Libraries and buildings all over campus have lounges and study spaces. I recommend finding one that suits you best before finals!

Keep up all your hard work and go have a little fun this spring!

Your Transfer Insider,

Bailey Hollerud
holle242@umn.edu