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Orientation & First-Year Programs (OFYP) February 29, 2016

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This is Sal Randazzo, your Transfer Insider, back again with more tips for your semester! We have been having very cold temperatures lately, and what not a great time to talk about Navigating Around Campus!

First of all, there are a lot of ways to commute around campus and for all weather conditions! Sun, snow, rain, hail, and crazy winds, Minnesota has it all. From personal experience living in Dinkytown, I have bravely endured all of the wild weather conditions… that can change at any moment… literally. Personally, I have walked, taken the Campus Connector, and have taken the light rail to commute to class.

Walking to class is probably the easiest way to get around. My biggest piece of advice for walking though is to always be prepared for the worst. In winter especially, make sure you have a hat and gloves. In the springtime, just be prepared to have an umbrella or jacket that you can have in case it rains. I cannot tell you the amount of times I have been soaked because of the rain, or have been freezing for at least twenty minutes after I have walked outside because I forgot my hat or gloves. If you are not sure where to go, pull out your phone and type it on your phone GPS! I used that my first week when I first started at the U and it was a great and easy way to find my way around!

If you have classes on St. Paul campus (like myself), then you already probably familiar with the Campus Connector. If you are not though, do not fear! The Campus Connector is not that scary! Its is a great way to get around, especially on those cold and rainy days! Checkout the link below for appropriate planning!

Finally, the mighty light rail! Living in Stadium Village last school year was nice, because it was close to the light rail. Not only can you get from Stadium Village to West Bank in roughly five minutes, you can easily get to downtown Minneapolis or St. Paul too! If you did not know, you can get a free Campus Zone Pass, which provides you free rides between the three U of M Stations (Stadium Village, East Bank and West Bank Stations). Stop by the Information Desk in Coffman to learn more!

There is also the U Pass. For $99 a semester, you can buy the U Pass and get unlimited rides anywhere using the Metro Transit buses and light rail! So if you are commuting into campus, or maybe working off campus, this is a smart investment! To get full use of it, they say to use your U Pass, roughly four times per week!

I hope you found this information helpful! We are still offering Coffee Chats, with free Starbucks if you set one up! Want to meet up? Either email or call OFYP at or 612-624-1979 to schedule a time that works for you.


Sal Randazzo
TSN Insider

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