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Orientation & Transition ExperiencesOctober 24, 2018

Welcome to the Class of 2022 eNewsletter!

Hello! Are you keeping busy with your classes? Not sure how to begin to prepare for midterms or exams? Feeling the pressure of needing to declare a major but aren’t sure where to start? Here are a few helpful academic tips for you to look into. Reference the 2018-19 Gold Book for more information.


Meet with Your AdvisorGold Book p.78
No matter what question you may have about your first-year experience, your advisor is always a good place to start. Whether you have a question about graduation, your major prospects, or about your transition, in general, your advisor can help! Visit One Stop’s website for information on where your college advising office is and how you can set up an appointment with your advisor.

Take Your Professor to LunchGold Book p.79
The Take Your Professor to Lunch Program (TYPL) allows undergraduate students enrolled in a class of 30 or more students to connect further with their instructors over lunch–and it’s free! TYPL will pay up to $10 per person for lunch as long as it is at a participating campus restaurant. Faculty-student interactions are a great way to help your academic success, and these connections can be helpful down the road for your post-graduation planning.

Professor Office HoursGold Book p.85
Taking your professor to lunch is not the only way to connect more with your professors. Office hours are another great way to get to know your professors–and these hours don’t have to be used just for questions about class. Take advantage of office hours (found on your syllabus) to ask a professor for career advice, study tips, or other academic/career input. Your professors are more than instructors; they are great resources for you beyond the classroom.

Catch your Breath with Goldy and Grub
Take your picture with Goldy! Then enjoy some treats as you share some of your sweet and not-so-hot moments from the beginning of the semester. Stop by the Mississippi Room in Coffman Thursday, November 8, from 11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. to catch your breath! Let us know if you are interested!


Come with a Problem, Leave with a Plan
Do you have a concern about grades, course instruction, billing, roommate conflicts, or group projects? Do you need help with petitions and appeals or have questions about University policies and procedures? The Student Conflict Resolution Center (SCRC) staff can help you develop a plan of action to address your situation! Check out our Do-It-Yourself (DIY) resources for tips on how to approach common issues.

Not sure where to go? Visit Helping U!
The Helping U desk in Bruininks Hall will connect you to academic support, study spaces, health services, career help, and much more. Stop by and speak with fellow students who can help you find these resources on campus. The desk is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. next to One Stop Student Services.

UMN LibrariesGold Book p.85-86
Your University Libraries are your home for academic survival! The 12 libraries have places to be productive and study–from quiet areas and coffee shops to more than 50 group-study rooms that you can reserve for up to two hours per day, two weeks in advance. Meet with a peer tutor in the SMART Learning Commons to get extra help for a class. Check out the Library website to find the scholarly sources you need for a great paper. Also, Peer Research Consultants can help you save time with your research by teaching you the best ways to focus on finding rather than searching. Look for drop-in hours or appointments with the consultants (a.k.a. Library Research tutors) or chat with a librarian 24/7! Discover more at


Nutritious U Food Pantry
October 30 - November 1, 12:00–6:00 p.m. in Coffman 210

Major Scare Workshop
Scared of all the major options? Have no fear! The Center for Academic Planning & Exploration (CAPE) is hosting the Major Scare Workshop, an interactive afternoon designed to help you explore majors by learning how your interests and values apply to majors at the U, on Friday, October 26 from 12:00–4:15 p.m. All U of M undergraduate students exploring majors are welcome. The registration fee is $10, which includes an interest assessment and lunch! Scholarships are available upon request. Register at by October 23.

Thank a Teacher
Have you had a teacher that has made a difference in your first semester at the U? Take a moment to let them know why! Instructors receive a letter with your comments after grades have been submitted for the semester. You may choose to remain anonymous if you desire. Submit your “Thanks” here!

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