Moving somewhere new can seem like a difficult task, meeting new people, getting used to the city and so on. This task seems even more difficult when you are going abroad to a big campus like the University of Minnesota’s. Just recently, I found myself in this position. However, the experience was rather an enjoyable one.
The University of Minnesota knows that it is a big school, therefore it focuses in making the experience of first year students the best it could possibly be. Orientation & First-Year Programs Office focuses solely on providing quality transitional experience that maximises students’ potential for personal and academic success. They organize Orientation and Welcome Week, which are introductory programs for new students at the U. In these programs, you meet a lot of new people in a small group setting that allows you to get to know each individual at a deeper level. At the same time, you are introduced to the Pride & Spirit of the U of M, which was my favorite activity during Welcome Week. The picture below shows this year's freshmen class making the symbolic "M" during Pride & Spirit.
On top of this, the International Students and Scholar Services Office organizes Global Gopher Week, which is in essence events customized for new international students in order to introduce us to campus and all the resources available.
With all of these program, it is impossible not to feel welcomed at the U. They are all unique in their own way and help set up a good start to your college career!