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Orientation & Transition ExperiencesSeptember 26, 2018

Welcome to the Class of 2022 eNewsletter!

Hello! We hope that you are having a great start to your semester and that you are beginning to settle in to the U of M! Here are a few things to keep in mind as you continue your transition.


Give Yourself Time to Adjust
At times, navigating the new opportunities and challenges that come with the college transition can be overwhelming. While you may feel alone in your transition, remember there are thousands of other new students navigating this transition with you. Everyone’s transition will be different, but some common themes exist.

Here are some helpful hints from current Golden Gophers on how to manage the transition:

  • “Don’t be afraid to reach out for help if you’re struggling. There are plenty of people around you eager to help ranging from other students to professional staff. You’d be surprised how many others are experiencing the same things or have in the past.”
  • “While studying for exams, writing papers, and keeping up with homework can be demanding, make sure to make time for yourself. Relax every once in a while and treat yourself. Although we all want to get A’s on our work, remember that it’s important to keep your mental health in check, too.”
  • “Friends won’t always come to you. Even though it can be awkward and uncomfortable, put yourself out there. If your neighbors have an open door, stop by. Signing up for student organizations, intramurals, and participating in the overall campus culture are all ways to meet other people and start friendships.”

Scholarships, Scholarships, Scholarships!
One Stop Student Services is giving 14 students a $1,000 scholarship. You could be one of those students! By participating in at least one of the six “Financial Wellness Workshops for First-Year Students” today through October 30, you will have your name entered into a drawing. The more workshops you attend the more times your name will be entered for a chance to win. You will receive more information on these workshops from One Stop Student Services in your U of M email.

Homecoming Parade
Celebrate Homecoming with one of the oldest traditions at the U, the Homecoming Parade! Orientation & Transition Experiences will be walking in this year’s Homecoming Parade and we want YOU to join us! This year's Homecoming Parade will be held on Friday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. All interested students should complete the form found here no later than Monday, October 1 by 4:30 p.m.

Parent & Family Weekend
Do you miss your family? They might be missing you too! Invite them to join you on campus for Parent & Family Weekend, October 26-28. They can participate in workshops, the Family Tailgate, and the Gopher Get Together! Register before October 12 for the best rates!

First Year Leadership Institute
The First Year Leadership Institute (FYLI) is a semester-long, co-curricular program that allows for leadership development, encourages personal growth, and helps students meet other first-year students while having fun! The program starts with an opening ceremony followed by a weekend-long retreat at the end of January. Following that, leadership meetings will be every Wednesday from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. All first-year students can apply! No prior leadership experience is necessary. More information can be found here. Applications are due October 26.

Multicultural Student Engagement
There are many ways to get involved with Multicultural Student Engagement! Leadership and learning opportunities include:

  • Power and Privilege Series
  • Social Justice Leadership Certificate Program
  • Art of Participatory Student Leadership Trainings

Nutritious U Food Pantry
Are you worried your food will run out before you can buy more? The Nutritious U Pantry aims to provide healthy and accessible food for the U of M community. The food pantry will be open in Coffman Memorial Union 210 during the last week of every month of the school year–except December when it will be open the week before finals.

First Year Free Ticket
Good news! All first-year students get one FREE ticket to a Northrop Dance Season performance! This is your chance to see world-class artists on campus! To reserve your free ticket, visit the Northrop box office. Northrop also hosts FREE outdoor concerts held at Northrop Plaza on Wednesdays at noon through October 12.


Don’t forget about your Gold Book!
Gold Book, a publication that you received at Orientation, has a lot of great resources and information to help you navigate campus and life at the U. Throughout these newsletters, you will see references to page numbers in the Gold Book. Get your Gold Book out to follow along and learn more.

Department of Public Safety – p. 29 Gold Book
Late night studying? Evening classes? See something you should report? The University of Minnesota Department of Public Safety includes police, security, and communications to protect and serve students, staff, and visitors all year. Contact one of these numbers for assistance.

  • Safe Walk Service: 612-624-WALK (9255)
  • Non-Emergency: 612-624-COPS (2677)
  • Emergency: 911

You can visit the Department of Public Safety website for more information.

Boynton Health – p.49 Gold Book
Boynton Health offers student health promotion groups to help keep you healthy and successful academically. These student-led groups provide confidential, judgment-free support for sexual health, stress management, nutrition, and recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Gopher Chauffeur offers free transportation and Health Advocates are health resources in your residence halls and Greek houses. You can visit this website for more information.

Use the Assignment Calculator to stay on track – p.85 Gold Book
The Assignment Calculator breaks down research and writing projects into manageable steps based on due dates. Each step includes hints and how-to links. Try it for your research papers, speeches, and lab reports. You can also sign up to get text reminders for each step.

Got an hour between classes? Try the Study Space Finder! – p.86 Gold Book
The University has a lot of buildings, but do they all have good places to study? Find quiet study spaces, coffee shops, computer labs, and late-night or early morning (and reservable) group study rooms, too. Try the Study Space Finder and use the map to find a convenient spot near you.


Follow OTE on Social Media
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