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Orientation & Transition ExperiencesMarch 13, 2019

Hello Gophers!

In the blink of an eye, the semester will be over and you will have finished your first year at the U! Can you believe it? We can’t either! Here are some great resources to check out as you tackle midterms, prepare for spring break, and head into the home stretch of the school year. Feel free to reference the 2018-19 Gold Book.


Plan for Spring Break!

Whether you’re going back home or staying close to campus, there are endless things you can do to make the most out of your spring break! Here are a few ideas:

Catch up on assignments. Yes, take this time to catch your breath and do the things that you want to do. However, there is nothing worse than being farther behind in your classes than you thought you were. Develop a game plan with your peers or professor, so you can get back on track for the second half of the semester.

Explore the Twin Cities area. Not everyone will be on a tropical vacation this spring break, but that’s alright. There are plenty of things in the Twin Cities [] to explore and do!

Reconnect with friends. As blooming adults, it becomes more and more challenging to find the time to meet with friends. Take this time to check in with them, whether it’s over coffee, social media, or on the phone.

Pick up an old hobby or try a new one. If college has prevented you from doing something you love, spring break is a great opportunity for you to revisit it! Interested in trying something new? Check out this list of 100+ hobbies for some inspiration!

Catch Your Breath: Spring Edition

Last semester, we hosted Catch Your Breath to reflect on some of our not-so-hot moments and to celebrate the sweet ones. This semester, join us on Thursday, March 28 in Coffman Union, 3rd Floor Mississippi Room, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. for a second round of Catch Your Breath! Come share a lesson you learned during your first year and a piece of advice you would like to pass on to the class of 2023! There will be food and giveaways!

My View, My U: Inside the Student Experience

Have your photo(s) displayed in the CMU Art Gallery this summer as we welcome new students and their families to campus. Twenty U of M students will have their photos showcased in Orientation & Transition Experiences’ My View, My U: Inside the Student Experience exhibit. It will highlight the student experience from our students’ point-of-view.

Thank Your Professors!

The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) has a program called the Thank a Teacher project. It’s a way for students to send thank you notes to instructors who have made a difference in their learning. Express your gratitude and let your professor or TA know that you are thankful for them! You can also choose to remain anonymous. Click this link to submit a thank you note.


Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL) – Gold Book p. 60

The CCEL works with partners to provide opportunities for students to engage in off-campus experiential learning through community work and educational programs. Whether academically based or co-curricular, these experiences complement classroom learning, foster personal, professional, and civic development, and allow students to work with others to enhance the well-being of our communities. Visit the CCEL to learn about these opportunities:

Community-engaged learning courses

Volunteer in one of 300 community partner organizations in the Twin Cities.

The Community Engagement Scholars Program is an honors-type recognition program for undergraduate students committed to being involved in communities beyond the University.

The HECUA program offers unique off-campus learning opportunities focused on social justice issues.

The National Student Exchange (NSE) program allows students to explore a new place by studying away for a semester or an academic year at one of NSE’s 200 institutions throughout the United States, Canada, and U.S. territories including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Learning Abroad – Gold Book p. 83

The Learning Abroad Center offers over 300 programs in 80 countries. Take advantage of their full range of advising and support services including program selection, academic planning, financial planning, registration, cultural adjustment, and re-entry. Explore the enchanting streets of Morocco's cultural capital, improve your Spanish in Mexico, study at a prestigious university in South Korea, integrate into French culture just miles from the Mediterranean, and more. It's never too early to study abroad! Visit the Learning Abroad Center in 230 Heller Hall or on their website for more information.


Nutritious U Food Pantry

March 26-28, 12:00-6:00 p.m. in Coffman 210. Learn more...

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