August 23, 2017
Summer has been a whirlwind, but now classes are starting. Remember, the first week exhibits more chaos as everyone finds books, bus routes, parking, and other details, especially with changes on campus. By next week things will be much calmer.
It is important to understand why you are here. What are your goals and what do you hope to achieve? Your degree should be a culmination of your personal series of learning experiences—much more than a list of required courses to check off. In a response to a blog post question "Bob at State U" answered this question, "What would your advice be to prospective students about how to get the most out of the college experience?" I think this is a pretty good reminder to start the semester.
- First, do your homework and study.
- Don't be satisfied with merely doing what is required - there is much more to any course, and to any subject, than you will encounter in merely meeting requirements. Look around. What do the best schools ask of their students? What can you find on the internet about a subject? What journals does the library subscribe to - what are they about? Do you understand what you find? - if not you should try and figure it out.
- Take an extra course, have a second major. It could be a language, history, a STEM field, economics. Whatever it is, it will be worth it.
- What can you find out from career services? Don't build your studies around employment - a well educated student will always have opportunities - but don't ignore it either.
- Visit your professors and talk. Most of the time they're very happy to give you the benefit of their experience - just ask a question and they'll take it from there.
I would add look at your options and put together a personal plan of study that will lead to skills, knowledge, and experiences that will help you become who you want to be and lead to your degree. Use the vast network of resources available to you all along the way.
If you need assistance finding any of those resources, ask. You can reply to this email with questions. You will continue to receive the Transfer Connection for your first year at UNL unless you opt out. Or you may access it on Facebook or Twitter.
Tau Sigma is the national honor society for transfer students. To be eligible to join you must transfer as a sophomore, be a full time student, and earn at least a 3.5 GPA in your first semester at UNL. The local chapter hosts social events, like the upcoming Ice Cream Social Welcome for all new transfer students August 31 and service projects. Last semester we helped with yard cleanup for an older woman in a wheel chair. The national headquarters offers a Student Leadership Conference and scholarships for members.
Are you a veteran, a member of the military, or a family member of either? There are Student Veteran Resources for you! The Military and Veteran Success Center is located in Room 16 in Nebraska union. Besides VA paperwork they have study space, computers, and other resources in the Center.
Thursday, September 24, 11:00 – 1:00pm, Nebraska Union
Transfer Student Success Brown Bag Workshop -- I’ll be talking about Transfer Credit Evaluation. Meet other transfer students. Ask questions. Watch for more in the series.
Friday, August 25, 7:10 - 7:40 am Campus Recreation Center Room: Atrium
5K Friday Training Begins -- Be a part of the movement to become an “#Active Husker” by participating in 5K Training, leading up to an actual 5K on Sept. 25th. There will be three different running groups:
– First timers: Individuals training to complete their first 5k can use this to train and prepare for their race. The walk/jog method will be utilized for training.
– Beginning runners: Individuals with a goal of running an entire 5K by the end of training. Walk/run intervals will be utilized for training.
– Runners: Those that can already complete a 5k run and are looking to improve their time.
Cost: $10 for Members, $15 for Non-Members. Will meet Fridays, August 25-September 22
Sponsored by Campus Rec http://crec.unl.edu/wellness_services#training
Sunday, August 27, 5-7 pm, Love Library North & Link Room: Adele Hall Learning Commons
Big Red Ruckus -- New to the University and looking for something fun to do to kick off the semester? Make some noise with us at the Big Red Ruckus! Challenge your friends to a game, master the library and grab a free travel coffee cup. Explore the world with Education Abroad, meet professors and librarians, and enjoy the free pizza! Gift card and prize giveaways throughout the evening so don’t miss out! For more details on the games and prizes, visit: http://libraries.unl.edu/big-red-ruckus. Sponsored by University Libraries, First Year Experience & Transition Programs, and Office of Undergraduate Research.
JoAnn Moseman, M.A.
Academic Transfer Coordinator
Undergraduate Education Programs
325 Seaton Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0683