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Staying Connected: Tips for Senior Year and Beyond

In honor of graduation, CEHD Undergrad sat down with CEHD career counselor Jamie Schumann to discuss how seniors can utilize career services and the resources the university offers long after they flip their tassel and take on the title of alumni.


Jamie was motivated to become a career counselor after spending countless hours with her own as an undergrad. Jamie’s counselors helped her as she switched majors, decided on graduate school, and networked  for her current position as a CEHD Career Counselor, which she’s held since October of 2014. Jamie attributes her career successes to the relationship she built with her counselors and now she is sharing that wisdom with students and alumni.

Post-Grad Life


CEHD Undergrad: Senior year can feel panicky and sometimes students really don’t know what they want to do in their lives all of the sudden– kind of like a quarter life crisis. What resources does CEHD have that can help students with that?

Jamie Schumann: Current students and alumni up to two years out can meet with a career counselor to talk about what they’re going through in terms of figuring out what they want to do if they don’t know. If they’re still unsure of their interests they can take an interest assessment online and come in for an interpretation with a career counselor– sometimes that can help ground people in what it is that they’re looking for and give them validation that they’re on the right path, or give them new ideas for things maybe they haven’t thought of yet.

CEHD: If a student is having a hard time transitioning into the workforce after graduation what resources are available to them? Is there anything outside of meeting with a career counselor if they’re not in state?

JS: The typical job search takes six to nine months after graduation so I think that’s important to keep in mind. Maybe you aren’t getting interviews, so it’s always a good thing to review your materials and we can still help people with that out of state. I did a phone interview with a student that was living in Chicago a couple months ago and she sent me her resume and her cover letter.

The job search strategies page on our website goes over this career development cycle process which it can be hard to navigate if you aren’t 100 percent sure what you want to do. A good way to ground yourself can be to figure out ,“If I know my values, I know my interests, I know my skills, how do I roll those into a job?” It’s always good to start with knowing yourself. Set some career goals and then look at the job market.

CEHD: What is the most common concern that a graduating senior or an older student will come in having?

Most students just need assurance that they can do something that they’re thinking about. I have had people come in across the board: people who are wanting to do a gap year, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and thinking, “How can I translate this into a career?” Some are people that are in a current career who are rethinking and trying to figure out if it’s right for them. We help students with decision making, personal statements, interviewing, researching options, and if you get an offer and you need help negotiating, we help students with that too.

The Job Hunt


CEHD: What are some networking resources that are available to CEHD students?

JS: On our website we have a guide to professional social networking and online identity. It’s really helpful because it goes over online networking on LinkedIn, which I really recommend everybody get. We have a CEHD student and alumni networking group which can be  another safe way to explore because you can look people up by major and see what they’re doing, read their profile, and then you can send them a message and say, “Hey would you like to meet for coffee? I’d like to know more about what you want to do and how you got there and tell me about your career path.”

We also have some handouts on informational interviews so if you’re trying to figure out like how to do an informational interview, we’ve got some suggestions on how to get connected, how to conduct it, how to schedule it, like literally how to go about doing the interview and all the way to follow up.

On GoldPass, we have a professional networking tab so that’s another place where you can strategically look for people to conduct informational interviews with.

CEHD: What is the best advice you have for students as they begin their job search?

JS: Always be active in the process. Whether that means going back to the knowing yourself stuff: identifying skills interest values, exploring that, all the way to evaluating what kind of resources you have. A lot of times just talking to people, reaching out learning what people do, sometimes that process can really bring in new doors for you to open. Today about 80 to 85 percent of internships and jobs have been landed through networking and that’s a really great way to stay connected to the pulse of the field.

Again, a typical job search does take six to nine months. To really go through that process, engage in it as soon as you can. Compile all of your resources and see what you have and what you’re missing and consult with us if you need help. It’s really important to stay positive through the job search process. It can be easy to  feel bummed after you had a handful of interviews but know that the job search process is really a two-way street: it’s not just about the employer seeking you out and hiring you, you’re looking for a good fit too!

Come for the career counseling, stay for the view from the Ed Sciences building.

Staying Connected


CEHD: And once a student lands that dream job, what ways can they stay connected to the university?

JS: We hope that if we’re working with students they will share their story on our blog! We do have a Career Services blog, and that’s also a great place to search for jobs and internships. Some specific ways to get involved and stay connected is by becoming a member of the UMN Alumni Association where you can become involved with the CEHD alumni society. You can also volunteer with current CEHD students if you want to become a mentor to them.

CEHD: What would you say the biggest benefits of speaking to a career counselor would be for a graduating student?

JS: Career counselors can really help you no matter where you are at. Whether your complete undecided and you’re just challenged by what you want to do or trying to negotiate your first salary, it’s never too late to connect with your career counselor.

St. Paul Neighborhood Profile

The second stop on our University of Minnesota neighborhood tour is is St. Paul. While some may think of St. Paul as the cows-filled counterpart of Minneapolis, its actually filled with its own set of unique shops, cozy cafés, and a multitude of new ways to spend an afternoon. So hop on a campus connector or catch a 3 bus and head over to our next UMN  neighborhood.


IMG_8945Colossal Café is located on Como Avenue and serves up breakfast classics like  pancakes, omelets, and pastries, in addition to a lunch menu of soups, salads, sandwiches, and Mac n’ Cheese– all made from scratch!

11173358_10205241151619807_1216437071937274767_nFinnish Bistro offers European dishes like quiche, lefse, and pasties;  live music performances; and cakes that look too good to eat (not that we wouldn’t.)

11173397_10205241154419877_9178634916669311796_nMim’s Cafe is across the road from St. Paul campus and the perfect place to fill up on  Middle Eastern favorites like hummus, kabob, falafel, and shawarma between classes. Lori’s Coffee House shares a building with Mim’s and is a favorite study spot of students who want a quiet place to get their caffeine fix.

IMG_9947Tim and Tom’s Speedy Market is a grocery store slash treasure hunt with tons of unique local and international products, including a meat counter, grab-and-go sandwiches and salads, and more ice cream and soda options that you’ll know what to do with!



IMG_9946Bibelot is the perfect place to find unique home goods, jewelry and accessories, and Minnesota-themed gifts. Step upstairs and explore a clothing shop with new and resale items.

11159529_10205241152299824_4650480932431059360_nMicawber’s Books is a local shop that’s provided bestsellers, fiction and nonfiction finds, poetry, and more to the St. Paul community for over 40 years.

dairy_salesroomSt. Paul Dairy Salesroom sells  ice cream, meat (Juicy Lucy’s anyone?!), cheese, and a variety of other items that CFANS students produce in the UMN dairy lab. Try one of the shop’s  popular ice cream flavors like Gopher Gold when the salesroom is open to the public Wednesdays from 2-5 p.m.


Things to Do           

1530311_10205241152619832_5093029095083579025_nSt. Anthony Park Library is a great alternative for when you just don’t feel like studying on campus.

11070610_10205241152059818_3194241939502992799_nCollege Park is the perfect place for a picnic, game of pickup basketball, or relaxing walk.



The Minnesota State Fairgrounds doesn’t only host entertainment two weeks out of the year! Some of our picks for the best non-fair entertainment:

Images: Minnesota State Fair logo

Neighborhood Profile: Dinkytown

It goes without saying that the University of Minnesota campus is huge. From the calm of St. Paul to the hustle and bustle of Dinkytown, there is always something to explore. And since exploring isn’t always the easiest thing to do when you have a paper to write, a midterm to cram for, and hours to work, CEHD Undergrad has stepped in to bring you the must-see destinations of four campus neighborhoods: St. Paul, Dinkytown, Stadium Village, and West Bank.

Read on for the best of our first neighborhood, Dinkytown.


11133721_10205169494388421_3414045571303667639_nLoring Pasta Bar is great anytime, but don’t miss Sunday’s all-you-can-eat buffet filled with a variety of Loring’s signature pastas; breakfast favorites like French toast and scrambled eggs; and college luxuries like fresh fruit, sushi, roast beef, and mussels. And don’t even get us started on the dessert table: Crème brûlée chocolate covered strawberries, and cannoli anyone?

13126_10205169490668328_6243790982012511203_nLands End Pasty Company serves pasties, AKA Cornish pastries that look little giant hot pockets, but taste so much better. Visit the shop to try a meat or vegetables pasties for a delicious lunch or snack.

11150295_10205169486548225_1640683347246156436_nAl’s Breakfast is only ten feet wide and seats fourteen, resulting in a line that is out the door most mornings. The line seems to speak for itself in terms of the quality: guests rave about the Eggs Benedict, blueberry pancakes, and hash.

11133856_10205169487188241_1031536288258519816_nShuang Cheng Restaurant has been serving Cantonese food family style in Dinkytown for over twenty years.

1520630_10205169485468198_8937929704588293892_nJersey Mike’s is the newest restaurant to open in Dinkytown, selling subs “Mike’s Way” (with onion, lettuce, tomato, and a blend of red wine vinegar, olive oil, and spices) and slicing the meat right in the sub line. If you’re really hungry, the Jumbo sub is 15 inches.

644423_10205169494108414_4258926350705631291_nAnnie’s Parlor has burgers, fries, and THE. BEST. MILK. SHAKES.


11149335_10205169486868233_3657501139316690274_nEspresso Royale isn’t your typical grab-and-go coffee shop. Spend an afternoon studying while getting your caffeine fix (don’t miss the $2 Tuesday latte special!) and people watching the happenings of Dinkytown through the huge storefront windows.

purple_onionPurple Onion Café has a full menu and tons of coffee drinks, making it the perfect place for grabbing a bite to eat or cramming for a test—or both! 

10929973_10205169494828432_9034330555444365815_nBordertown Coffee is situated in an old fraternity house and serves up baked goods and ethically purchased coffee Monday through Friday.


gina+willGina + Will is a Goodwill resale shop selling sport and formalwear, interview attire, and casual clothing and shoes.

11082531_10205169490068313_4391769535370382558_n-1Fast Eddie’s Place has been repairing shoes beaten down by the elements and the daily walk to class for over thirty years.

Varsity Bike and Transit offers bikes, accessories, and repair to the local biking community.

Things to Do

Varsity Theatre brings national and international musical acts (past performers have included Ed Sheeran and Imagine Dragons!) to your doorstep. Weird bonus fact: the Varsity bathroom won Cintas’ America’s Best Restroom award in 2013.

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 11.20.26 PMStone Arch Bridge is less than a mile from Dinkytown and one of the best places to check out the Minneapolis skyline. Bonus: across the bridge is Izzy’s Ice Cream, which was named Reader’s Digest’s Best Ice Cream Shop in America in 2005.

4578043267_79d1d869c8_oAveda Institute is down University Avenue a mile outside of Dinkytown, but the prices of trainee-led haircuts and services, massages, manicures, and more make it noteworthy.

southeast_libSoutheast Library is part of the Hennepin County Library branch, allowing you access to virtually any book and providing a quiet place to study on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturday.

Photo sources: Aveda Institute, Izzy’s Ice Cream

Procrastinator-friendly Registration Tips

Getting ready for registration can be stressful– especially if you’ve been busy binge-watching new episodes of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, working your days away, or celebrating the warm weather (we can’t blame you!) Whatever was fueling your procrastination, there is no need to worry. We’ll break down registration advice into tweet-sized tips to make registration prep almost as easy to do as it is to doze off in your 8 a.m. (Kidding, professor!)

Registration is early this year, beginning March 23 (AKA the Monday after spring break.) Check your email for your registration time.

If you can’t meet an advisor in person, APAS is the next best thing and the perfect starting point for class planning

APAS is as easy to use as a stoplight. Requirements in green are good to go, while red ones alert you to classes that still need planning.

Advisors can also answer many quick questions via email– make sure to include your student ID #!

Not a morning person? Change the time range option in Class Search to find classes that fit your sleep (and life!) schedule.

Feeling stressed out? Here are some cute baby animals to look at before you continue planning.

If the class you need is full, join the waitlist & show up to the first day of class anyways! Seats can open when students are no-shows.

Need one more credit? Check out departments like PE, EDHD, and PUBH for good options.

Even germaphobes will want to “double dip” thanks to the classes that knock out two (or more) lib eq requirements. Find them here!

Still overwhelmed with all the class planning tools on OneStop? There’s a blog for that!

Good luck and happy planning! 

Photo source: Clocks, FB Link Photo

Get on Your B-Term A-Game

If you’re looking to get caught up on credits, there’s no need to wait until spring or summer semester. APPS is offering several one-credit classes beginning  the week after spring break. Read on to find out if a B-term is the right fit for you.

Preparing for Meaningful Internships (68857)

Make your internship more than making copies and pouring coffee. This class will teach you how to get the most out of any internship.

Preparing for Meaningful Community Engagement (68903)

Be an asset in any job or situation by learning  successful strategies to engage people.

Teamwork: Surviving to Thriving (69078)

Do you cry a little inside every time your professor assigns a group project? Banish the stress  with a class that takes teamwork from no way to better than okay.

Graduate School: Exploring, Preparing, Applying (69244)

Whether you’re still making up your mind, or ready to apply, this class is an opportunity to decide if graduate school is the best fit for your future.

Building your Professional Network (69416)

LinkedIn lovers, unite! Learn how to make the connections that will help you in your collegiate and professional career.

Navigating Difficult Conversations (69677)

Difficult conversations are part of life. After taking this class, they get just a little bit easier.

Going Global: Planning, Preparing, Maximizing (69695)

This is the perfect class to take you from daydreaming in French class to living your dream in France.

Effective Interviewing (70223)

Your days of struggling through tricky interview questions like  “Why do you want this job?” and “What’s your biggest weakness?” are long gone thanks to the super-applicable tips this class provides.

 Your Future: Identity, Culture and Career Success (70224)

It seems like everywhere you turn, someone is freaking out about what they want to do after graduation. Thinking about the future is a huge part of college, but it’s not something that has to be done alone.

Leadership for International Students (70285)

It can be hard to take on a leadership role when you’re still adapting to a new culture and environment, but this class makes both of those things just a little bit easier.

Navigating Diversity (70881)

Diversity is a topic that is equally challenging and essential to address. This course will enhance understanding of diversity while providing a platform for discussion.

Two Ways to Register

Option 1:

Visit the OneStop Class Search tool

 Select the term as spring 2015 and  subject as Academic, Professional, and Personal Success- APPS

Find the courses listed as sections under APPS 1620 Current Topics: Strategies for Student Success.


Option 2:

Search the 5-digit number listed above in the Registration page.Register

The deadline to add spring second 7-week session classes without instructor approval is Sunday, March 29.

CEHD Study Abroad: Puerto Rico

It’s been said that travel is the best way to learn about yourself and the world around you, and over winter break, three participants in CEHD’s  Puerto Rico: Diversity and Social Capital Under the Sun program did just that.

1ae26c_f3372636dacd4e13b8f57cbd3f7ef329.jpg_srz_157_157_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzLeidy Kasper is a CEHD senior who is majoring in Family Social Science with a minor in public health.


1ae26c_6db1d2e24963440982a1d9e23e4fa29a.jpg_srz_159_159_75_22_0.50_1.20_0.00_jpg_srzChloe Villegas is a CLA senior who is majoring in African American & African Studies with a minor in public health.

Screen Shot 2015-02-15 at 10.42.59 PMMegan Pieters isn’t a student, but instead involved in the UMN community as a coordinator for the CEHD America Reads program.

Read on to find why each participant– whether a CEHD student, CLA student, or university employee– chose this CEHD  program as their way of exploring the world.

Why did you decide to attend a Global Experience Opportunity program?  What drew you to Puerto Rico, specifically?

LK- I wanted to experience studying abroad at least once in my undergraduate career without being gone for an entire semester. What drew me to Puerto Rico was the program’s topic of social capital and diversity, which I thought was closely related to my field of study and personal interests. I also liked that our program leader was a native Puerto Rican, which made me feel that we would learn authentic information about the diversity and culture of Puerto Rico. Also, Puerto Rico is a beautiful island and who wouldn’t want to spend winter break in 70-degree weather?

CV- Last spring, I was offered a study abroad scholarship through the African American & African studies department . That same day, I found the Diversity and Social Capital Program in Puerto Rico on the learning abroad website and I was so excited, I was probably the first one to sign up! What drew me to Puerto Rico specifically was my personal interest in Puerto Rican history and culture, given that my father’s parents are from the island and my ties to the heritage. I really wanted to gain a deeper understanding of my ancestral history and what was it that made my community so proud to be Puerto Rican.

MP- I learned about the new GEO course in Puerto Rico from an email. The topic, diversity and social capital, aligned with my personal and professional interests. I was also interested in Puerto Rico specifically, because I minored in Spanish and hoped to gain (or regain) some Spanish skills there. As soon as I sat down with the program leader and got my questions answered, I knew I was in!

Photos by Megan Pieters
What was the most meaningful thing you learned on the trip?

LK- Diversity manifests itself in many different ways. Diversity can come from a mixture of different categories working together. Although Puerto Rico is just one place, there are a plethora of different ecosystems, plants, and people that inhabit the island. Each piece of the island is important and contributes to what makes the island diverse and unique.

CV- The most meaningful thing I learned on the trip was the strong value of community in Puerto Rico. Before leaving for Puerto Rico, our instructor Dr. Maria Pabon encouraged building community among each other in the group and I am glad we did because that is the way of the island. Despite the socioeconomic reality for many of the communities we visited, there were always people outside, sharing a meal, enjoying the beach, and just having a strong gratitude for living life surrounded by loved ones.

MP- In addition to learning more about the complex relationship between the U.S. and Puerto Rico, I learned a lot about the power of language on the trip. By that I am referring to several facets of language- that which allows or prevents communication with others and access to resources, the ways in which we engage in dialogue, and the words we choose to identify ourselves and others.

Photos by Chloe Villegas

What were your favorite activities abroad? 

LK- One of the places that I enjoyed visiting the most was the Bioluminescent Bay. We kayaked through a narrow canal at night, to get to a bay, which has microorganisms that glow when they are moved. Visiting the Capitol building in San Juan was another of my favorite activities.

CV- My favorite activities abroad were the many guided tours we embarked on: museums, government sites and buildings, historical sites and cities, and nature tours. Most importantly visiting various beautiful beaches and stuffing my face with delicious Puerto Rican food (especially the fried Frituras.)

MP- I think I had the most laughs on a group excursion, kayaking the bioluminescent bay. I also loved paddle boarding, visiting the rainforest, exploring the cave systems, and everything we did outdoors!

Photos by Leidy Kasper
Photos by Leidy Kasper

Ready to have an international adventure of your own? The Puerto Rico program is expected to be held again over winter break 2015-16. For information on learning abroad programs and how they fit into a CEHD education , visit the CEHD Learning Abroad website or email

Student photos are credited to the program’s official blog.

Career Fair Tips

It’s career fair crunch time. With less than a week before the University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair at the Minneapolis Convention Center, it’s time to step up your career fair game. Get all of the details and follow this checklist for tips on how to bring your A-game!

The Details

What: University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair

When: Friday, February 20, 2015

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center

Fee: $10 before midnight on Tuesday, February 17or $25 at the door. Register here.

Why:  Because where else can you meet 250 employers in one place? And get a professional headshot? And break in that new dress shirt you’ve been dying to wear?

What to Bring

Suit. Keep it classy in a neutral colored suit and shoes. Keep the accessories minimal in order to let your best accessory steal the spotlight– your personality.

Portfolio. Be able to access your resume and notebook easily with a portfolio. A portfolio is easier to manage than a bag and is a lot simpler to hold when talking to a recruiter.

Resume. Come to the fair with a fresh resume, thanks to CEHD career services. Check out their website for more information on how to get your resume in top shape.

UMN athletes show the do’s and don’ts of career fair dress.

Pre-fair Prep

Decide which employers to talk to. Check out the employer directory on GoldPASS before attending the fair. Decide which employers you want to talk to and do your research. Make sure you know the position you are interested in and a basic background on the company.

Practice Your Elevator Speech. An elevator speech is what you say when you approach an employer. It typically includes your name, major, year in school, goals, and experience. It is helpful to end with a question to keep the conversation flowing. Check out an example from UMN’s Grad School website.

 The Day of the Fair

Show up early. Talk to employers while they are still fresh (and before they talk to 439 other students.) Showing up as early as your schedule allows lets you make your first impression first.

Warm up! You wouldn’t run a marathon without doing a small warmup first! Shake your nerves off by practicing your elevator speech with one of the career counselors that will be present at the fair. When you are ready to meet with employers, save your top choices for last to allow you time to get comfortable with the process.

Get contact information. Make it your goal to leave each employer’s booth with contact information. This gives you the chance for a longer conversation with the recruiter if you feel rushed or leave the fair questions. Contact information also allows you to ask the recruiter for the contact information of an employee in the position that you are applying for, which gives you an opportunity to arrange an informational interview.

Pay another visit. If you had a good connection with an employer, think about stopping by one last time on your way out of the fair. A quick handshake, thank you, and saying that you are really interested in their company can go along way in leaving a positive impression– and it shows that you are willing to go the extra mile to stand out!


After the Fair

Send a thank you note. Less than twenty percent of employers said they received a thank you note following last year’s fair, according to career counselor Fen Chen. Set yourself apart by sending a brief email to each employer you meet with no more than 24 hours after the fair.

Check out LinkedIn Alumni. LinkedIn Alumni is an feature that allow students view and connect with alumni in almost every field imaginable. If you find an alum who is working in the position or for an employer that you are interested in, don’t be afraid to send a message asking for an informational interview.

Keep your suit in the front of your closet. This tip is extremely important because all this good advice is sure to land you tons of interviews. If you keep your suit in the front of your closet, you’ll safe yourself the effort of having to dig it out later.

Extra Tips

Spit out that gum! Let the focus be on you instead of the two pieces of Juicy Fruit hanging out of your mouth.

Wait your turn. Although it is tempting to interject into the a conversation between an employer and another student, resist the urge until it is your turn.

Break away from the pack. Don’t walk with your friends. Approaching employers alone shows you’re confident and self-motivated.

 Good luck and go rock that career fair!

Photo credits and more information can be found at the U of M Job and Internship Fair Facebook.

Student Profile: Soua Thao

Soua is a first-year student majoring in youth studies through CEHD. Get to know this St. Paul native and the work she is doing both at the university and for people around the country as she serves on the    Soua ThaoNational Youth Leadership Council’s Youth Advisory Council.

Why did you choose to attend the University of Minnesota?

I chose the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities because they are the only college, out of the many that I have searched for, that has the specific youth studies program. Also, the Twin Cities has such a huge network of non-profit organizations and people. It’s close to home, but when I’m here, home is a world away. It’s a good balance.

What would you like to do with your Youth Studies major and Leadership minor?  Where do you see yourself in ten years? 

I want to work with non-profit organizations that focus on youth leadership and youth voice. I want to empower youth to make a difference in their communities. I am also thinking about going to graduate school for Education Policies, so in my youth work there may be that aspect of educational equity. In ten years, I see myself working at a non-profit organization and working with youth.

Congratulations on being selected to represent National Youth Leadership Council as a Youth Advisory Council member. Can you tell us a little bit more about how you got involved with NYLC?

In summer of 2013, I attended the National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) in San Francisco, California, hosted by the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC) which is based in St. Paul, MN. NYLT opened my eyes to the problems that our country is currently facing, such as the achievement gap, racism, and social injustice. After NYLT, I was accepted to serve on their Youth Advisory Council (YAC). I served on the NYLC YAC for a one-year term during my senior year of high school and re-applied to serve another term this year. I am happy to say that I will be serving on the NYLC YAC for the next two years, as I also enter my first years of college.

What kinds of things do you do as a Youth Advisory Council member?

As a Youth Advisory Council member, I plan and facilitate workshops focusing on the achievement gap, service-learning, racism, and leadership, in local and national conferences such as the Overcoming Racism Conference and the Empowering Youth Conference. I also have the opportunities to go speak to groups, such as Carleton College about youth activism and organizing. I get to represent NYLC at events like We Day MN. NYLC also hosts a conference every year called the National Service-Learning Conference. Last year, I planned an on-site service project, spoke as a youth emcee, performed on the plenary stage and facilitated a workshop at the conference. This year, as a YAC member, we are also working towards launching a National Campaign.

Are you involved in any organizations on campus?

Yes! I am a part of the University YMCA as a mentor for their Y Mentors: Literacy Matters Program and their Y Collegiate Achievers Program (Y CAP). I am also involved in Students Today Leaders Forever (STLF) on and off-campus.

What’s your favorite thing about going to school at the U?

I think my favorite thing about going to the U is having so many opportunities to explore and experience new things. There is also such a huge network and support system here, I love it!

What tips do you have for students looking to make the most of their campus experience?

Because there are so many things to do here, prioritize. It can get overwhelming when you want to do everything. Also, explore and try new things. Get involved and get to know people. College is a time to explore. Make the best out of it.

What do you like to do when you have free time?

What’s free time? Haha, just kidding. I’m so busy that I barely have free time, but when I do, I like to jam out, go explore parts of campus and Minneapolis that I haven’t been to before, or just relax and have some time for myself.

DIY: Minnesota Cutouts


If you’re looking for a study break, weekend project, or an early start on holiday gifts, you’re in the right place. These state cutouts are almost as fun to make as they are cute! IMG_6921


  • 2 pieces of card stock or scrapbooking paper (any color)
  • Tracing paper
  • Printed outline of state
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Heart stickers
  • Scissors/ X-acto knife


1. Find an outline of Minnesota (or a state of your choice) by advanced Google searching black and white images. Print.


2. Once you have your outline, use tracing paper to make an outline. Cut to size and tape to the card stock you plan to make your cutout of.


3. Using your scissors, carefully cut around the outline.


4. Once you have your outline, heat up the glue gun and secure your cutout to the second piece of card stock.


5. Top off your creation with a heart sticker in the place that you call home.


You’re done! Frame your creation and display your Minnesota pride. Almost any kind of paper can be used to make this, so use your imagination. The only modification needed is to substitute a glue stick instead of hot glue when working with lighter paper.


What did you think? Show us your creations by tagging @CEHDugrad on Instagram or Twitter. Check out our Pinterest page for more Minnesota love, college tips, and UMN happenings!

*Inspiration for this post is credited to

16 Gifs That Describe Exactly How We Feel about Beating Iowa

GOPHER FOOTBALL BROUGHT HOME THE BACON AGAINST IOWA. This border battle has existed for well over 100 years, leaving the victorious team to take home the highly-esteemed bronze pig statue. Today, Floyd of Rosedale returned to Minnesota for only the fifth time since 2000 and we couldn’t be more excited.

Here’s a little sampling of how we feel.

Today’s 51-14 win makes for one exciting day to be a Gopher. Ski U Mah!

Gif sources: TwilightSnuggieMinionsLady and the BaconWill SmithPig and strawBacon treeDancing girlUP!ShakeDydrekBaconMaxwellVictory DanceTeacup pigDancing Bacon, Border