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

Hey %%First Name%%!

Your Transfer Student Insider, Hillary, here with another monthly email discussing SPRING-SURVIVAL and WELL-BEING.

I don’t want to sugar coat it. Spring can be tough! Besides the constant weather changes, we are likely already overwhelmed by midterms and summer plans. With so much on our minds, it’s difficult to finish out the rest of the year strong! So, what can we do to avoid the semester slump? Well, let’s take a look at the areas of well being to help us out!

Career Wellbeing
Currently, our first and foremost career is being a student. With demanding class schedules and homework deadlines, we can all relate to the weight of our academics on our daily lives. If help is needed, the University has many resources to assist us in feeling more confident about our studies. For example, the SMART Learning Commons offers tutoring in Walter or check out the Center for Writing in Nicholson. Don’t be afraid to use resources, they are here for YOU!

Social Wellbeing
Join a group or get to know the person you sit by in class! Relationships are incredibly important, ESPECIALLY when school is overwhelming. College is the perfect place to make connections! Visit the Student Unions & Activities website for groups and events and/or schedule a coffee chat with your Transfer Student Insider (me).

Financial Wellbeing
Budgets are hard work! But let’s face it, most of us college kids need to watch how much money we spend. One Stop Student Services can help with that! They have certified financial counselors that work with you to begin a financial plan so you don’t have to stress!

Physical Wellbeing
Now that it’s warming up, GET OUTSIDE! Head out for a walk, run, or bike ride. You will be amazed at how much your physical wellbeing affects your mental and emotional health. You can also make this into a social activity by joining a sports team or exercising with a friend. Win/win. Hit the Rec Center too! It’s free for students!

Community Wellbeing
Community wellbeing can be tricky for transfer students, but it doesn’t have to be! Be open to making new friends, joining groups, and ultimately finding your place at the U. Forming a community can take time; but I promise if you branch out, and open up your social circle, it will come. To summarize, ALL 5 areas of wellbeing are crucial. Balance in all of these areas of wellbeing may be difficult to achieve, but it will certainly help us get out of the spring semester slump!

Take care everyone!

Your Transfer Insider,

Hillary Husband
Communication Studies
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities