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

Hello %%First Name%%!

You have officially made it through one semester at the University of Minnesota! Congratulations. I hope that you have found my emails and advice helpful in navigating this huge school and all of the opportunities that Minneapolis and St. Paul offer you. I’m very excited for you to continue your journey here at the University!

Since it is pretty close to finals season, I figured I’d give you some tips on how to best prepare for finals to the best of your abilities. One of the things that I have found extremely helpful is TA’s office hours and review sessions. Even if TA’s do not explicitly state that they are holding review sessions, a lot of times you can ask them to go over specific questions you have with them. It will help strengthen your skills while helping you prepare for your finals!

If you find that you’re struggling in some of your courses, there’s still hope! The One Stop Student Services website links to some great resources including tutoring centers, study groups, and other helpful resources. There are tutors that are geared toward your major, or that can help you with various liberal education requirements.

Other than studying, now is a good time to schedule a meeting with your advisor to make sure that you are on track to graduate. In addition to being on track to graduate, your advisor can help you out by talking about professional programs you might be considering, extracurricular involvement, and what you should be thinking about in preparing for your future. I also encourage you to look into programs for next year, whether it is volunteer-oriented, a study abroad opportunity, or something else!

Overall, congratulations on completing your first semester here at the University! I hope that you have found ways to make the University your home this semester. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any other questions or comments, or feel that you would like to help connect with transfer students next year! We’re currently hiring next semesters Transfer Insiders (that’s me right now!) and would love to have you apply. This role is a great way to meet other transfer students and give back to the transfer experience. Learn more about this opportunity HERE.

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.

Best of luck on your finals, and have a great summer!

Your Transfer Insider,

Stephanie Ryan
ryan0387@umn.edu