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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) April 27, 2016

Hello %%First Name%%!

I hope you all are surviving the month of April! If you’re finding it to be a bit of a struggle, you are far from alone. We all feel the time crunch that is the last few weeks of the semester, but good news: summer is just around the corner! One thing standing between us and summer is final exams. Odds are you’ve done this at least once before, but I’m here to offer you some tips on how to survive finals week at the U!

Last month, I recommended that you go find some place outside of your apartment or dorm to study in. If you’ve found that spot, fantastic! If you haven’t, there’s always time to go find it. There are plenty of University buildings open past class hours, most close at 10:00pm, and coffee shops available for students. If you choose a University building, be mindful that you may need your U Card to enter the building past a certain time. Hours may vary, so be sure to look up their operating hours online before heading out.

Libraries are also extending their hours in preparation for finals. Some libraries will be open 24/7 on certain days for students. On various afternoons during these days, fun study break activities will be available! You will have access to puzzles, games, plus coffee and snacks! You’ll also need your U Card to get into the libraries during their extended hours. Check out the Libraries website for more specifics!

As a side note, if you’re ever out late on campus and don’t feel safe traveling back to your place alone, you don’t have to! The Gopher Chauffer is a free service that gives U students a ride back home. They operate from 10:00pm to 2:00am every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. If you’re walking home, you can also have a walking escort 24/7 by calling 624-WALK (624-9255). Keep these services in mind throughout your time at the U. We all want our fellow gophers to make it home safe and sound!

Finally, we are looking for feedback about your Transfer Student Network experience. Please fill out this short evaluation and let us know what we can do better.

This is my last TSN email of the semester. I hope I’ve given you some insightful information and helped make your transition a bit smoother! If you are interested in getting involved next semester we are currently recruiting for TSN Insider position. This role is a great way to meet other transfer students and give back to the transfer experience. For me, it’s been a great opportunity to work with OFYP, meet other really great transfer students, and help new transfers with their transitions. Learn more about this opportunity HERE.

I’ve really enjoyed getting to write these emails and meeting some of you in person at events! Best of luck during finals week and have a fantastic summer!

Your Transfer Insider,

Bailey Hollerud
holle242@umn.edu