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Orientation & Transition ExperiencesJanuary 23, 2019

Hopefully you had a refreshing break and were able to spend some time doing the things you love. Whether you spent your break traveling, relaxing, working, or studying, we hope you are ready to make the most of your second semester! After being away from your daily routine as a student for so long, it might take some time to settle back in. As you adjust, think about challenging yourself this semester by stepping outside your comfort zone. Below are a few ideas that might inspire you! Feel free to reference the 2018-19 Gold Book.

“90 Hour Friends”
Whether you are still searching for that right community of friends or you were eager to get back to the community you found in the Fall, there are still plenty of opportunities to find the right social fit. Are you looking to connect with other involved U of M students? Students living off campus? Students living on campus?


May & Summer Program Expo – Gold Book p. 83

Freshmen can study abroad! Come to the Learning Abroad Center's May & Summer Program Expo to learn about fantastic short-term programs open to first-year students. You can attend the expo TODAY, January 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Walter Library 101.

Get Started with Faculty Sponsored Research – Gold Book p. 83

"Think like a Researcher" is a series of workshops starting late January designed to help you become comfortable with the research skills and tools needed to participate in a variety of exciting research and creative opportunities including the UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program). Apply today at

Save the Date: Major/Minor Expo – Gold Book p. 81

U of M students can choose from 140+ majors and minors. So many choices can be overwhelming, so we’ve gathered representatives from every program to answer questions, give advice, and offer guidance. Visit the Major/Minor Expo in Coffman's Great Hall on Wednesday, February 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Career Fairs – Gold Book p. 81-82

Career fairs are one of the best ways for you to meet prospective employers and ultimately land a job or internship. Visit the Career Services website for dates and times for your college’s spring career and job fair.

Become a Welcome Week Leader!

Applications to become a 2019 Welcome Week Leader (WWL) are now open! Give back to the University of Minnesota, develop valuable leadership skills, gain 100+ volunteer hours, and help create a seamless transition for the Class of 2023. Are you interested in learning more about the position? Join us for the WWL open house on February 5 from 4:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union’s President’s Room. More information about the WWL position and application can be found at The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 13. Email with any questions!


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 semester. This month the Nutritious U Food Pantry will be open January 29-31 from 12:00 to 6:00 p.m.

First-Year Free Ticket at Northrop

Don’t forget! As a first-year student, you get one FREE ticket to any of the dance season performances at Northrop. It’s easy: Go to the box office any time and tell them you’re a first-year student to reserve a ticket.

Be a More Effective U – Gold Book p. 86

Now that you’ve gone through your first semester at the U, you likely have a better idea of what your study habits are. If you’re looking to take better notes, manage your time more wisely, or improve your memory, Effective U offers a variety of resources that will help you be a more productive, efficient learner this semester.

Undergraduate Roommate Finder – Gold Book p. 15

Don’t know who you are going to live with next year? Finding your college roommate just got a whole lot easier! Off-Campus Living (OCL) has the UMN Undergraduate Roommate Finder. This free service allows you to search for other UMN students looking for roommates.


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Orientation & Transition Experiences

Orientation & Transition Experiences has relocated back to 315 Coffman Memorial Union. The first 10 students to come visit us in our office, mention this newsletter, AND follow us on one social media platform will get to choose one giveaway item from a Twin Cities establishment.