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September 12, 2014

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: z.umn.edu/tsepoll1

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 fall payment is due on Sat. Sept. 13th. 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 to your Google calendar so you never miss important deadlines.

Save the Date for Career and Internship Fairs!
As a transfer student it is important for you to connect with Career Resources early. Attend campus-wide career events and your college has their own Career Fair to check out. Stop by  your Career Center to polish up that resume or interview skills to show your best self to employers.

Consider a Study Abroad Experience!
Visit the Learning Abroad Fair Sept. 17th, 10am- 2:30pm on the West Bank Plaza to discover your options. Meet learning abroad staff, advisors, and career counselors to see how learning abroad can fit with your long term goals.

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

Free U of M Transfers T-Shirt
Orientation & First-Year Programs Office (Coffman Union Rm. 315) has your free U of M Transfer Student T-Shirt and free water bottles. New transfers should stop in today!.

We Want to Hear from You
New transfer students: sign up here to participate in a focus group about transitioning to the U. Your opinion matters!

Transfer Events

University Transfer Student Board Meetings
Dates: Sept. 11, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4
Time: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: 312 STSS (Science Teaching and Student Services Building)

Events

Maleficent Outdoor Film
St. Paul Mall - 9/12

Fall Carnival
Coffman Memorial Union, Front Plaza - 9/13

Community Involvement Fair
Coffman Great Hall - 9/16

Learning Abroad Fair
West Bank Plaza - 9/17

Music on the Plaza
Northop Plaza - 9/17

Nighttime Train Photography
Weisman Art Museum - 9/17

Girl Code - Comedy Show
SPSC, North Star Ballroom - 9/20

Saint Paul Campus Job & Internship Fair
North Star Ballroom, SPSC - 9/23

Saint Paul Activities Fair
St. Paul Student Center - 9/23

Career Fairs

Carlson School of Management Fall Career Fair
Mariucci Arena - 9/15

Science and Engineering Career Fair
Mariucci Arena - 9/16

CLA Internship Fair Prep Workshop
411 STSS - 9/19

CLA Internship Fair
Coffman Union - 9/26

CLA Internship Fair Prep Workshop
411 STSS - 9/23

St. Paul Campus Job and Internship Fair
North Star Ballroom, SPSC - 9/23

Construction & Facilities Management Career Fair 2014
Coffman Great Hall - 10/3

Government & Nonprofit Career Fair
Coffman Great Hall - 10/24

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