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January 29, 2015

Student Spotlight

Celebrate the milestone - you got through the first week(s) of classes!

We asked previous transfers to tell us about their first week of class experience. Watch what they had to say.

How’s your transition going? Tell us about your experience and be entered for a drawing for a $25 gift card to the bookstore or a U of M TShirt.

The Shift

At this point of the transition many transfers are often looking to get connected in various ways. Here's some info on great ways to connect to faculty, students and staff on campus.

Connect with other transfer students:
Be a member of the University Transfer Student Board (UTSB).  Come to one of their monthly meetings and check it out!

Connect with faculty:
They’re people too. Try the ‘Take your professor to lunch’ program to get to know your Prof. and the U will pay for the meal!

Connect with campus community:
See page 44 of the Goldbook from your orientation to get helpful info on getting connected. Tip: find opportunities on and off-campus with the Engagement Search.

New Place - New Expectations:
Feeling a difference in classroom expectations or rigour of coursework? Want to fine tune those study skills before the first exam? Find tutors and other supports at SMART Learning Commons. Visit with an Academic Coach 1-1 and use self-help materials from University Counseling and Consulting Services (UCCS) and Student Academic Success Services (SASS).

Learn the Lingo!
Hear random acronyms while you sit politely and nod thinking “What are they talking about?” Learn some of the common acronyms used on campus so you’re not left in the dark due to miscommunication.

Moodle What?
“I know how to doodle,  but what the heck is Moodle?” Most classes will utilize Moodle in varying ways. From turning in assignments to downloading the professor’s slides, you’ll find that learning to navigate Moodle in your first few weeks helps a lot. Find your Moodle courses through your MyU portal or moodle.umn.edu.

Major Questions?
Thinking - “I’m not sure what to major in and have no idea where to start.” or “I am trying to narrow down my options from different colleges” The Center for Academic Planning and Exploration (CAPE) is here to help you explore options and navigate the process of declaring your major.

Know your Strengths:
New transfer students can take the StrengthsFinder assessment free? Request your code and to take the assessment online.

Already taken the StrengthsFinder? Meet a Strengths and Engagement Coach to learn how to apply yours to daily life and/or explore engagement opportunities. Stop by 511 STSS for drop-in hours or you can make an appointment.

Goldy's Reminders

Important Dates:
First spring payment is due on Sat. Jan. 31st. Questions, concerns, or want more information? Contact Onestop.

Adding/Dropping a Class?
The U may have different add/drop deadlines from your previous institution. Possible refunds may apply - find out more info here. Subscribe to the academic dates and deadlines calendar using Google calendar so you never miss important deadlines.

Prepare for the Job and Internship Fair!
As a transfer student it is important for you to connect with Career Resources early. Start practicing your elevator speach to be ready to attend the biggest career fair in Minnesota, the University of Minnesota Job and Internahip Fair. Stop by your Career Center to polish up that resume or interview skills to show your best self to employers.

So many activities we created a Fair!
Looking to get involved? Connect with Student Groups at the Spring Activities Fair. The Activities Fair showcases the many student involvement opportunities for undergraduate students. Plus FREE FOOD by Raising Cane's, so get there before it's gone.

Looking for a Job?
Check out the many part-time job opportunities on-campus to consider!

Looking for Leadership Positions? Summer Jobs?
Applications are now open to be a Transfer Student Ambassador! This paid, summer leadership experience is a great way to get connected to campus, build community, and help new transfer students as they arrive on campus. Check out more info about hours, responsibilities and requirements and apply today. Deadline is Feb. 18th.

Free U of M Transfers T-Shirt
Thanks to those who attended Transfer Welcome Day last Friday. Were you unable to attend? Orientation & First-Year Programs Office (Coffman Union Rm. 315) has your free U of M Transfer Student T-Shirt and would love to welcome you to campus. Stop by any time M-F 8a-4:30p.

Transfer Events

University Transfer Student Board Meetings
Thursdays
6:30 to 8:00

See calendar for location

Events

Gone Girl- Movie
Coffman - 1/29 @ 7p

Trivia Night
Coffman Memorial Union, Goldy's Gameroom- 1/29

Gopher Wrestling v. Iowa
Williams Arena- 1/30 @6p

Study Abroad Info Session
235 Blegan Hall - 1/30

Spring Activities Fair
Coffman Great Hall - 2/3

PAWS Animal Therapy
Boynton East Bank Clinic - 2/4

Unwritten Rules of the Job Search
Appleby 41 - 2/4, 4p-5p

Environmental Career Fair
St. Paul Student Center- 2/11, 1p - 5p

Gopher Women Basketball v Iowa
Williams Arena- 2/17 @8p

U of M Job & Inernship Fair
Minneapolis Convention Center - 2/20


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