The Dos and Don’ts of Registration

Let’s face it, we’re not all morning people, some of us can’t rattle off the names of our Founding Fathers, calculus isn’t everyone’s favorite subject, and if presented with the choice of either breaking your arm or speaking in front of a crowd, many of you would have to think twice about your decision. It’s crystal clear that we all possess different strengths when it comes to college. Likewise, we all have our weaknesses. In order to be successful in school, we must keep these things in mind when registering for classes. Everyone must try to design a course schedule that caters to their specific needs. Here are some tips for creating a college class schedule that’s right for YOU. After all, we don’t want you to end up like this guy…

Questions to ask yourself before registering-

Do my desired classes require me to take any prerequisites first? When you start selecting classes, make sure that you are mindful of the prerequisites involved with them. There are going to be some basic classes you’ll have to take before you can move on to the more advanced ones. Meaning, you won’t be able to register for a class if you have not previously completed the prerequisites that are required for it.

Do I have back-up classes in mind? If you plan on enrolling in five classes, be sure to have a list of eight ready. If you manage to snag a spot in all of your desired classes, that’s great! Props to you! But if not, you’ll still be able to register for a full course load, and you’ll save yourself the headache of searching for new class options while being put under pressure.

Is this class offered other semesters? Hypothetically speaking, say that you’re having a hard time deciding between two classes that you want to take. You say to yourself, “Self, should I take that super cool psych class, or should I take that history class that seems pretty nifty?” You’re completely torn between the two, and you just can’t seem to make up your mind. Later on, you discover that the psych class is only offered in the fall, and that the history class is offered in the fall and in the spring. In this case, you should definitely try to steal a seat in the psychology course because you can always enroll in the history class next semester. Get that psych class while it’s still up for grabs!

Will this class cause any scheduling conflicts? Although you shouldn’t be scheduling your classes around episodes of Live with Kelly and Michael or The Bachelor, there are certain time constraints that you must keep in mind when registering. When selecting classes, don’t enroll in ones that are scheduled during your typical work hours or in the ones that may cause you to miss your campus club meetings. If you are involved in extracurriculars and wish to stay involved, design a schedule that allows for this. Before deciding to take a particular course, double-check when it’s being offered to ensure that it won’t cause you to miss out on something that’s of importance to you. If you plan strategically, you should be able to fit everything into your weekly schedule.

Will I be able to make it to each class on time? Another thing you should do while you’re in the process of predetermining your ideal class schedule is take note of where each of these classes is located. Remember you’re a gopher, and our campus is HUGE. The U has 3 different banks! OneStop will not allow you to enroll in two classes that take place at the same time; however, it will allow you to enroll in classes that may only be five minutes apart. Since this program does not take transportation times into account, you must plan accordingly for this. You don’t want to enroll in a class that you won’t be able to make it to on time. Despite superb power walking abilities, nobody would be able to make it from East Bank to St. Paul in just 10 minutes. Thus, you should know how long it will take you to get from East Bank to West Bank, or from St. Paul back to East Bank, and then start designing your schedule based on this info. We suggest that you play it safe and allow for a little extra travel time.

Will the class help fulfill my degree requirements? Do you know what totally stinks? Spending an entire semester working hard to earn a good grade in a class only to find out later that all of your hard work didn’t really do you much good. Before registration, check to see that the classes you are enrolling in are either fulfilling general education requirements or that they can count towards your major/ minor degree. This will help ensure that all of your classes are benefiting you in some way and that you are still on track for graduation.

Is this class offered online or on campus? Don’t be in such a hurry to register for classes that you’re not paying attention to all of the key details. You must remember to look at course delivery methods when you’re designing your ideal class schedule. If you hate taking online courses, make sure that the classes you are enrolling in are campus-based classes. You don’t want to accidentally sign up for an online course if you already know you’re not the type of student who could handle it.

Does the class involve a lab component? If you’re planning on taking either science or foreign language classes, see if they require you to participate in a lab section. If you don’t want the burden of a weekly lab, then try to find one of these classes that doesn’t have a lab component associated with it. Simply continue searching for other class options, and see what you find. These classes are often a little harder to scope out, but they still exist. You just gotta do a little bit of digging!

Will I be challenging myself? It can be tempting to try to register for the easiest classes you can find, but resist the urge to do so! College is a time to challenge yourself and be intellectually stimulated. It’s okay to throw an easier class in the mix every now and then, but make sure that the majority of the classes you are taking are ones that require you to really apply yourself. Go ahead, learn something new and expand your horizons.

Am I scheduling too many classes in a day? If you create a day for yourself that consists of having back-to-back classes, you may get overwhelmed. Some students find that this is too much for them to handle. Moreover, you probably shouldn’t do this if you have a short attention span. Going to class is seemingly pointless if you’re not retaining any of the info. that is being taught to you. This type of agenda also doesn’t allow you to get much of a break, and it won’t give you the chance to recharge! Additionally, having all of your assignments due at the same time might increase your stress level. So before registration, take a look at your ideal course schedule to see if it’s manageable for YOU. Be aware of how you function and design a schedule that fits both your personal wants and needs.

Am I scheduling a good mix of classes? Do schedule a variety of different courses. For example, it would be a great idea to sign up for a lit class, a writing class, and a class that requires you to problem-solve during the same semester. Likewise, you shouldn’t enroll in all reading classes or just writing classes. Taking too much of one type of class could prove to be overwhelming for you, so try to avoid doing this.

Things to do before your registration date creeps up on you-

Set up a meeting with your advisor early on. A lot of people will wait until just a few days before registration begins to talk to their advisor about what classes they need to take. But, you’re smarter than that! Don’t you dare go making this amateur mistake! Make the effort to meet with your advisor before the rush begins. Also, be sure to prepare a list of questions that you have regarding registration for the upcoming semester. At your meeting, you can then discuss these questions and any additional concerns you may have. Moreover, you and your advisor will work together to create a schedule that helps to fulfill your educational requirements. But remember, your advisor won’t necessarily decide everything for you. He or she will provide you with a list of classes that you could potentially enroll in next semester, and then you will be responsible for deciding which ones you actually want to take. It’s important to schedule this meeting far in advance, so you have more than enough time to make these decisions.

Create what we like to call a “high prio” list. Are you in a position where if you don’t get into a certain class, you will no longer be able to graduate on time? If the answer to this question is yes, then that class has to be your top priority when it comes time to register. Try enrolling in this class first and put it above all the others. Meaning, if this class is only offered at the same time that your desired lit class is offered, you’ll have to sign up for a different lit class. Or, taking it at 8am would beat graduating a whole semester late, right? RIGHT. Whatever the circumstances may be, put this class first. But, if there is a real concern that you might not be able to snag a spot in that class, talk to your academic advisor to see if there’s anything he or she can do to help you.

Know thy limits. Don’t over-schedule. You should be realistic about what you can manage. Registering for classes is an art- you must make sure that you are challenging yourself, but at the same time, you don’t wanna overdo it!

Schedule a first-year experience class, if it’s offered. Shout out to any high school seniors out there, this one’s for you! These classes teach students about using campus resources, goal setting, and how to make the most of your college experience. If one of these classes fits into your course schedule, take it!

Things NOT to do- 

Don’t postpone core requirements. This will free up your schedule down the road, allowing you to then take classes that solely relate to your intended major. Taking core classes early on could also help you uncover some hidden interests. Who knows, you may discover that you have a passion for politics, or for studying Shakespeare!

Don’t schedule 8 ams, if you’re not a morning person. If you don’t function well in the morning hours, keep this in mind when it comes time to schedule for the upcoming semester. On the other hand, if you are involved in social activities or a job later in the day, you may want to get classes and studying done early on. Be aware of what does and does not work for you, and then adjust your schedule accordingly.

On a final note, remember that change IS possible! Even after you have enrolled in various courses, there’s still the possibility for change. If you’re unhappy with one of your class times, or if you decide that you’d be better off taking a different course, you might still be able to salvage the situation. You can repeatedly go back and look at the class search to see if any spots have opened up in different classes, or to see if you can take one of your classes at a different time. Say a slot would open up at the “perfect time”; it would be easy for you to revise your schedule to incorporate this quick fix. Thus, you should be persistent when checking for class openings. People are constantly adding and dropping classes before the start of the semester, and you may just get lucky. You might as well give it a try!

Registering for classes shouldn’t be stressful if you plan ahead. If you start the decision making process early, you should be A-Okay. So don’t delay, act today!

Gophers, be smarter than this! 

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One Class, One Day: Going Global



Freshman Lizzy Selvik knows she wants to study abroad– her only question is where. Maybe London or New Zealand, Selvik isn’t quite sure. But she is in the right place to find out.

Selvik and the fourteen other students in Donald Riley’s and Christopher Johnstone’s class, EDHD 1620: Going Global, sat hunched over computers and tablets attempting to find the perfect location for their hypothetical students to study abroad. Riley and Johnstone had handed out cards with student information on them and left the students in groups to decide where to send each one. Senior Nasir Hamza and Selvik worked together, poring over the Learning Abroad Center website to find the perfect location to send their student: a senior business major, who wanted to study in a non-European country and is also interested in food and fashion. Hamza and Selvik looked a programs all over the globe before finding a matching program in Israel. In a lot of ways, finding a location to study abroad seemed a lot like a math equation.


Before EDHD 1620, it is likely students never considered the many factors that go into choosing a study abroad program. But instead of the class becoming a stressful to do list for students,  instructors Riley and Johnstone presented information clearly, while focusing on fully addressing every aspect of the experience, leaving little room for stress or worry.

Riley led the class through an exercise where they weighed the importance of different factors that influence a location choice. Students took turns at the whiteboard writing their answers to the question, “What is important when choosing a location?” Words like finances, climate, living options, language barriers, and programs offered joined phrases such as ‘not a war zone’ and ‘understanding the language and culture of the people.’ Riley led the class through each student’s answer, adding his own commentary such as addressing the climate concern by quipping, “You’re probably not going to choose Iceland if climate is the problem.”

EDHD 1620, one of the one-credit Strategies for Student Success courses, provides students the opportunities to explore the numerous study abroad opportunities offered through the U, with the goal of the class being for each student to choosing a study abroad program by the end of the semester. With the guidance both Riley and Johnstone, it is no doubt that the process of choosing a program will be met with plenty of advice and encouragement. So whatever program students like Selvik decide is the best fit, they can rest assured that they made the choice that was right for them– thanks to EDHD 1620: Going Global.

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Your Volunteer FAQs Answered!

“How in the world do I have time to volunteer?”

Volunteer Idea #1: Be an ice skating instructor for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board. Find links to all of the volunteer opportunities at the bottom of this post!

You have a full calendar: a job, social life, workout routine, laundry piled up to an almost-lifesized replica of Mt. Everest. And that’s before you add in the classes and assignments. How in the world do you have time to volunteer?

The best part of volunteering is that it doesn’t have to be a huge time commitment. Whether you are looking for a way to spend your Saturday, a place to spend a few hours a month, or a yearlong mission trip, volunteering is all about finding the time commitment that is right for you. And volunteer work fits into schedules easier than you can imagine. Because you are volunteering, organizations are grateful for your help and most are more than willing to accommodate your schedule to find a time that works.

Volunteer Idea #2: Volunteer at the Minnesota Zoo. The zoo offers tons of opportunities ranging from helping with research to assisting guests in GIFT SHOPS.


“I would volunteer, but I’d rather get paid for my work.”

In world that is so focused on internships and jobs, you may be wondering why you would want to dedicate your time to something that doesn’t pay in return. Volunteering happens to pay quite well, but not necessarily in cash. Volunteering brings participants the opportunity to experience new people and places; the chance to try out a new field of work; a chance to make the world, a community, or just one person happier. And according to a Corporation for National & Community Service study, the happiness is not just one-sided. There is a relationship between volunteering and a lower rate of depression– talk about a good benefits package!

Volunteering is also an excellent way to make yourself a better job candidate. According to a LinkedIn study, 42 percent of employers said they considered volunteer work equivalent to the experience of a full-time job. Don’t be afraid to include your volunteer work on your resume, either, says the CNCS. If your volunteer work highlights your qualifications for the position, feel free to include it. For more information, read up on the dos and don’ts on how to format volunteer work on your resume.

Volunteer Idea #3: Show off your skills and teach kids your best magic tricks at Hospitality House Youth Development.


“Where can I find volunteer opportunities?”

There are many different resources that can be useful in finding a volunteer opportunity that fits into your schedule. Volunteer opportunities are everywhere, in every possible field imaginable; therefore, volunteering can be something you enjoy and that is tailored to your interests. The university’s Community Service and Service-Learning program assesses your interests and goals to match you with an off-campus organizations that will help you get the most out of your volunteer experience.

Another way to find off-campus volunteer programs is through websites:

  • LinkedIn for Volunteers offers LinkedIn users the chance to view and apply for volunteer opportunities in the same place they search for jobs.
    Volunteer Idea #4: Donate new toys for Cheerful Givers to organize into birthday GIFTS FOR KIDS in need!


  • VolunteerMatch allows members to search volunteer opportunities in their area by interest fields ranging from animals, to media and broadcasting, to LGBT, and more.
  • HandsOn Twin Cities is a place where volunteers in and around the metro can read the latest news, view volunteer calendars, and search for upcoming volunteer opportunities.

“I want to volunteer, but I don’t have a car!”

Lucky for you, there are many great on campus volunteer opportunities for you to take advantage of. Not only are you giving back to the university, but the convenient proximity allows for volunteering to fit better into your schedule.. and who knows? You might even get a few free t-shirts out of the deal!

Volunteer Idea #5: Play with bunnies, like this little guy, by signing up as a rabbit socialization volunteer at the Burnsville PetCo.


  • Apply to be a Welcome Week Leader! Welcome Week Leaders lead groups of new university students through their first week on campus. WWL’s work in pairs to assist with everything from move-in, to campus tours, to teaching the Minnesota Rouser to incoming freshman. Find out more information here!
  • Volunteer at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. Volunteers can help with anything from working at the gift shop, to giving hand massages, to greeting patients, and much more. Click here for a full list of opportunities.
  • Join an on-campus group or organization. Many of the U’s student groups make volunteer work a priority. Many Greek organizations have a number of volunteer hours they must reach each semester. There is also a wide variety of other clubs such as the Volunteer Tax Assistance Program and Big Brothers Big Sisters that look for new members each year. Check out a full list of campus organizations here!
Volunteer opportunity information: Skating instructor, Minnesota ZooHospitality House Youth Development magician, Cheerful Givers birthday bags, Rabbit Socialization Volunteer 
Photo sources: Skaters, Zoo, Magician, Presents, Rabbit

Spring Break ’14 Bucket List

So it seems like EVERYONE is going somewhere sunny for SB ’14. And right now, you wish that you were small enough to squeeze into a BFF’s suitcase.

All of you your friends are talking about how excited they are for their trips, and you’re simply sick of hearing them babble on and on.

You’re super duper sad because you have to stay here, in MinneSNOWta. “Life’s not fair…”

Maybe you didn’t feel like forking over the funds for an all-inclusive trip to Mexico, or perhaps you didn’t have it in you to spend 22 hours in a crammed car. You, yes you, chose not to book a spring break trip, but so what? It’s not the end of the world! Life will go on, we promise. Although you may not be headed south for spring break, your break doesn’t have to be a bust. No ones forcing you to spend the entirety of next week creeping on “selfies” that were taken in the tropics. Nor do you have to read other people’s tweets about soaking in the sun while you’re still stuck fighting the cold of this Minnesota March. If you want to make this spring break (spent at home!) something to remember, then try completing our bucket list below. (We dare you to!)

Bucket list for those who are hometown bound/ stuck on campus-

Fly a kite (let’s be honest, how many of you have actually done this before?)

Run your first 5K

Find out how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop (since you’re dying to know!)

Finish a 1,000 piece puzzle

Boycott fast food for the whole week

Take on the Buffalo Wild Wings Blazin’ Challenge

Purchase your first lottery ticket

 Quit creepin’! Avoid all forms of social media for 3 days

Give disc-golfing a try

Cook dinner for your lovely family

 Volunteer at a local soup kitchen

Be brave and sign up to do some stand-up comedy

Start scrapbooking- they say college is the best time of your life, and this will help you to remember your ‘glory days’. You’ll thank yourself for this later on!

Play hide and seek in Ikea

Write a letter to your future self and stow it away for a later date (such as the day of your college graduation ceremony or your wedding day)

 Now, for those of you who are lucky enough to be heading south, make the most of it! Undergrads, do something worth remembering.

Bucket list for those who are going to be somewhere sunny-

Splurge on a cool souvenir

Ride a mechanical bull

 Let someone bury you in the sand

Learn how to hula dance

Watch the sun rise and set at the beach

Call shotgun on your road trip

Be in two places at once (straddle the borderline of two states)

 Enter yourself and your friends in a karaoke contest

Stop texting and start socializing- break out of your comfort zone!

Develop a fake (but realistic!) Irish accent for Saint Patrick’s Day

 Get that golden glow- aka spend time tanning

Plan a perfect picnic and enjoy it while you’re laying out poolside

Go snorkeling/ scuba diving

Be a spectator at a local music event (even take the time to listen to some street performers)

Try the homegrown cuisine

 You’re almost there! Just 3 more days.

Gif/ Photo Sources: Little MermaidShhh, Crying, So Excited, The Best, Keep Calm

Once Upon A Time, I Tried Exercising…

Without a doubt, most of you have spent this winter season piling on layers of clothes. The bigger (or more round!) you look, the better. When it’s -20 outside and your college campus is this spread out, your main focus is clear. You want to make it to and from class without catching either A) hypothermia or B) frostbite. Let’s be honest here, there are many downfalls of Minnesota winters, but there’s a bright side too. If you pack on a few pounds, no one notices (your parka jacket disguises it!). And more importantly, no one cares! People simply think that you’re being strategic. After all, that extra weight that you’ve put on is sure to keep you nice and toasty warm while you’re walking in a winter wonderland.

This may have been your mindset just a week ago, but something tells me that you’re beginning to see things a little bit differently now. Gophers, there’s T-minus 8 days until Spring Break 2014.  And, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you can’t be caught poolside in PCB wearing your parka. This isn’t socially acceptable and it may land you a spot on Fashion Police. Thus, for many of you, it’s officially time to get into hardcore workout mode. Since summer apparel won’t serve to camouflage your winter weight gain, you’ll have to hit the gym. Pain is beauty, right?

I think now’s the perfect time to talk about how… the struggle is real.  Here’s a story (told in gifs!) about what may happen if you commit to get fit.

For some strange reason, you think that you’ll want to work out in the morning. Getting out of bed early and rushing to the gym? Not a problem!

Until tomorrow morning rolls around, and you find yourself continuously slapping the “snooze” button on your alarm clock.

You think you look cute while you’re exercising. Psshh, you don’t sweat, you sparkle!

 When in reality, you’re soaked in sweat. You may have only lasted 15 minutes on the elliptical, but you look like you just got done running a marathon. It’s a curse.

You say to yourself on Monday, “Self, you’re going to run everyday this week! It’ll be fun!”

But by Tuesday, you take that back. If running a 5k meant free college tuition, you’d still have to think twice about it.

You’re convinced that hitting the gym will improve both your flexibility and balance. Heck, this chick will have nothin’ on you!

But if truth be told, you’ll end up like the guy on the right. You’ll be so sore you can’t even touch your thighs. Warning: Body parts that you didn’t even know existed will ache. People often say “feel the burn” and trust me, you will.

You may even think that you can get a quality workout in without leaving your bedroom. After all, only goons waste their time walking all the way to the Rec!

Then this happens… enough said.

And, you finally call it quits!

Now, now, this lovely short story was not meant to turn all of you into couch potatoes. Exercise is a beautiful thing, and it is something that should be done regularly. Just take this as a friendly reminder that everything is good in moderation. Work out this week if you wish, but try not to overdo it! Remember, when people say, “Ooooo, you’ll feel that tomorrow!”, they mean it. 

Final thoughts: Even if your new workout regime proves to be effective, try not to show off too much of your bodacious bod on spring break. When it comes to beach attire, remember that modest is the hottest! 

Gif Sources: The SplitsIt’s 8 amOne… TwoSweatRunningChasedDancerStretchingLifting Weights, Falling T.V., Flirtatious Look

Traveling Tanzania: Catching up with Mary Russell

Before winter break, CEHD Undergrad had the chance to interview Mary Russell, a Recreation, Park, and Leisure Studies senior, as she was preparing to embark on a study abroad trip to Kilimanjaro National Park in Tanzania. Over the course of her two-week trip, Russell had the opportunities to summit Mt. Kilimanjaro and explore the safari. We were fortunate enough to interview Russell again to hear a few stories from her trip.

What was your first reaction to seeing Mt. Kilimanjaro?

I was slightly overwhelmed… I couldn’t believe that I had actually made it to Tanzania and that this whole mountain climbing business was REALLY happening. It was pretty surreal. You see it all the time (Classic Africa pictures, Lion King, etc) and there it was.. so surreal. And I was about to embark on the hardest endeavor of my life… yeah I was a little freaked out.

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Describe the feeling of submitting Mt. Kilimanjaro.

It was unreal. It was the longest morning of my life and when I saw the sign, I just couldn’t believe it was there and we had made it to the top. I kept thinking “There it is. I did it. I ACTUALLY made it.” I bent over like I was about to start crying and my guide Samwel patted me on the back and said “No llore! No llore!” (somewhere along hike we started speaking in Spanish, cause why not, eh?) Of course that made me laugh and I did not end up actually crying but I was still happy to the point of tears.

 Did you have the opportunity to try any new foods while on your trip? 


I fell in LOVE with chapati! (Pictured at right.) A few of us tried some street food a couple times, and it was all pretty good. I don’t remember what any of it was called though.

What was the single most memorable part of your trip?

This is always the hardest question! Obviously, the whole summiting Kili thing was pretty unbeatable… But probably my favorite memory was one afternoon I was hanging out with the women in the village. Out of nowhere these rogue donkeys come running through the street and down the alleyway we were sitting in. We cleared out and I have no idea where the donkeys went but we spent a few minutes hysterically laughing and then settled back into our shaded spots. Some humor can surpass all the language barriers.

What was the itinerary of your trip? What places did you see and things did you experience?

The first week was spent on Kili and the second was doing safaris. We saw the big 5 (LLERB – Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo) in a few different National Parks- Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, and Serengeti. We also got to stop by Olduvai Gorge, “the cradle of mankind,” where some of the oldest fossil remains were discovered.

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How has the study abroad program impacted the way you see the world?

Hahah oh man, golden question. I’ve been blessed to have traveled to a lot of other places, and this particular study abroad trip and the educational piece of it made me really think about and appreciate preservation efforts… We as humans have a huge impact on this world and therefore have a huge responsibility to maintain it. The circle of life in the Serengeti is so efficient and doesn’t allow ANYTHING to go to waste. It’s literally amazing, and also depressing to realize how wasteful we are. We take everything for granted. The parks obviously don’t allow for piping or drainage systems, and so our shower water had to be brought in which forced us to be mindful of how much water we were using. It’s definitely made me take quicker showers back home, and also start thinking about other ways to limit my impact on our beautiful Earth.

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What elements of your trip surprised you or differed from your expectations?

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I have kind of learned to go in to things with low expectations so that I’m either pleasantly surprised or don’t get too bummed out when plans change. Hmmm… I guess I was pleasantly surprised with how close and open the group became about bodily functions on the mountain. Because we were all kind of struggling in different ways along the hike, we were able to support each other… And that was nice.

What advice would you give to someone who is planning a trip to Africa?

Be present and search out authentic experiences… Obviously enjoy the nature… the views and the wildlife and whatnot. But also, try and be present where you are… Don’t always go to bed early. Embrace the frigid mountain air to marvel at the stars and the backlit mountain peak. Sit around a campfire listening to the lions nearby, try and find the hyena eyes in the distance. But also, try and wake up early to get the sunrise, before the porters have started heating the water. Learn a favorite card game. Causally join a local dance troupe. ENJOY IT! And remember that when things don’t go exactly to plan, and things are a little different than back home- TIA. This Is Africa! 😉

Logically- bring toilet paper, pepto, and plenty of aloe vera for the sunburns that are bound to happen.

Thanks so much to Mary for sharing the story of her amazing study abroad experience. If you are interested in studying abroad, check out the Study Abroad Center website for details. If you have or are studying abroad and would like to be profiled, email

You Know You’re a UMN Student When… (Winter Edition)

Some may call it the Polar Vortex, others may cancel class, but for us University of Minnesotans, we just call it winter.

You Know You’re a UMN Student When… (Winter Edition)

Survival gear.


10. There are more people trying to cram into a single campus connector than in the 300 person lecture you’re trying to spare yourself the freezing walk to.

9. You don’t talk about the weather to make small talk, you talk about the weather to exchange survival tips.

8. You know how to accessorize snow pants.

7. After a while you actually start getting used to the cold and don’t really feel it (or actually anything) anymore… but maybe that’s just because of all of your frostbite.

6. It takes you longer to get ready to go outside than it takes for you to drag yourself out of bed in the morning.

5. 45,000 people turned out to watch your school play outdoor hockey… and it was eight degrees out.

4. Students at other colleges may look forward to the weekends for the promise of going out, but you look forward to weekends knowing that you can stay IN and away from the cold.

3. So maybe it got so cold that your car didn’t start. It’s not actually that big of a deal– snowshoes and skies are more convenient means of transportation right now anyways.

2. You could be a model used to show the symptoms of frostbite… and that’s only after a walk to class.

1. You’re still reading and relating to a post about winter. And it’s March.

Don’t worry. Spring is probably right around the corner… Or a few corners. (Try not to think about last year when it snowed in May.)


Photo sources: survival gear, air meme, car meme, doge meme