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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 is 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! Is the 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, it is 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 episode of your favorite series on Netflix can help balance out the stress of being a student. Studying is important, but do not 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 is food, games, and concerts! If you have not already heard who is coming for Spring Jam this year, go check out their website and see who will be on campus! 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 in May and Ellie Goulding is playing in St Paul. I personally am really excited for Beyoncé!

Hopefully some of what I said is new to you or inspires you to try something different. With that being said though, there is only a little bit over a month left of school, so do not get side tracked and keep your eye on the prize of summer! Next month I will be giving tips about studying and getting ready for finals weeks!

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

Your Transfer Insider,

Sal Randazzo
transfer@umn.edu