Countdown to Bulldog Welcome Week 2017: TEN DAYS!!!

Can you believe there are only TEN days left until Bulldog Welcome Week 2017 begins?! Crazy right! Summer has flown by so dang fast, but now the real fun has begun. BWW 2017 is going to have some amazing things in store from you to help you transition into life at UMD. This blog series will give you three main posts to prepare you for your one and only Bulldog Welcome Week so that you get the absolute most out of it. Today we’re going to talk about how to stay organized (enough) for all that’ll be going on:

There’s a Mobile App – So Get It!

Look for the University of Minnesota Duluth Orientation 2017 app. It’s downloadable in Google Play and the App Store. When I had BWW back in 2015, I absolutely loved this app because it helped me remember what to do, where to go and when to do it. It has all the options for workshops you can take and their descriptions, the schedule each day right down to the minute, and it even has maps to help you out as you get used to the campus. The 2017 version is even better! So, if you haven’t already, check it out!

Dress Cool & Carry Light

You may think you need to be fashionable and carry absolutely everything during your “first” week at campus, but you’re wrong. Unless the weather suddenly turns bitterly cold, dress lightly in clothing that you can constantly be moving in. Expect to get a little sweaty too, so make sure you always have a water bottle with you to stay hydrated. Wear shoes that are mega-comfy for walking in all day and utilize a small, lightweight bag to store your phone, keys, and whatever else you need in.

Make Sure to Get Your Sleep

Each and every day is going so be jam-packed full of fun, and trust me, you will be absolutely exhausted from it. Know that you’re going to have to wake up a little earlier than you think, so don’t stay up as late as you normally do. You’ll want to be fully recharged for the next day!

Stay tuned for the next countdown series blog post when only FIVE days are left until Bulldog Welcome Week 2017. Until then, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to fill out a comment/question for me to answer by clicking here. Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 8/12/2017

 

3 Easy Back-to-College Tips

Happy August everyone!

That’s right, I said AUGUST. It’s here now, which means the chaos of “back to school” is too. Unfortunately, next you feel like strolling around Target looking at things you didn’t go there to buy, you’ll start encountering everything marking the end of summer (*tears*).

Although you probably don’t want to be thinking about it at all right now, I have a few ideas for you to slowly prepare ahead of time for going back to school…specifically, back to college. Sure, you could wait ’til the last minute to get on top of things, but why when you have all of the time in the world right now? Soon, your schedule will feel overwhelmed again with full-time class, extra-curricular activities, and maybe even a few part-time jobs if you’re like me. Nothing feels better than going into your first day of class fully prepared to take on the semester, so consider the following to help you stay on a successful path:

Start Planning Out Your Semester

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Investing in a nice, organized planner is seriously worth it if you always have a lot going on, or have a horrible memory like me. Giving yourself an easily accessed visual representation of what is coming up in your life keeps you focused and attentive to what you need to be preparing for.

If you already have dates for family events, get them in your planner. If you already know about what times and days of the week you’ll be busy or have class, write them all down.

You’ll feel more productive and less flustered at the start of the school year (which is 27 days from now, eek!) when crunch time starts to kick in. Also, take a look at UMD’s academic calendar to help you note important dates throughout the fall.

Do Some “Fall Cleaning

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I’m not referring to cleaning your house here. I’m talking about purging your closet and junk drawers of all of the “stuff” you’ve been collecting but not using. Start with one category at a time (clothes, shoes, old books, school stuff, random items) and make three piles: Sell, Donate and Throw.

Some things you’ve been hanging on to could still turn you a profit via a consignment store, garage sale, or a Facebook marketplace post. It may not be much, but having some extra cash for when school rolls around is always a perk.

Other items you have you may not necessarily be able to sell, but you don’t want to throw them in the trash either. Donate them to your local shelter or Goodwill so that they can actually be used by someone else.

Last but not least, throw away some of the stuff that is just down-right gross. Pair of dirty sneakers you haven’t worn in a few years? Toss. Half-eaten bag of stale Cheetos you find under your bed? Garbage. That pile of coffee-stained papers from your 10th grade writing class? Throw it away! (Well, actually you should recycle it if it is paper but…you get the point). Stop using up your precious space with things that hold no value anymore.

Organize Your Backpack

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Your backpack may look exactly how it did on your last day of spring semester classes, and you probably don’t want that for this fall. Go through it, organize your supplies, and toss the stuff leftover you really don’t need.

Buy a few things from the store for classes. You’ll want to make sure your backpack is stocked with at least one pencil so you’re not that person asking to borrow one on the first day of school. Have a couple of notebooks, and your handy-dandy planner.

Also, it might not be a bad idea to throw together a small “emergency” pack to keep in your bag. This can include all the stuff you wish you had with you during school in a pinch, like different medicines, a mini-umbrella, facial tissues, a pair of extra socks, back-up headphones and non-perishable snacks.

 

Hopefully these ideas come in hand when thinking about what you need to do before school starts. And whatever else you think may help you prepare for this fall semester, do it! You’ll thank yourself later.

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 8/01/2017

 

 

 

UMD Transfer Students

Hey everyone!

This will be a very quick post letting you know more about the ah-MAZING transfer student experience you can and will have at UMD. On the university’s main website, you can read updates and news related to what us Bulldogs are up to. One of the most recent articles, which you can read here, talks about how one transfer student not only adjusted to the UMD atmosphere, but thrived in it.

For more information about the transfer student process at UMD, please go to: http://www.d.umn.edu/students-transition/transfer-students

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/30/2017

Meet the Rockstars: Megan Sheppard

Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/22/2017

Meet the Rockstars: Kaleigh Nelles

Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/23/2017

Meet the Rockstars: Danielle Peterson

Written on 7/22/2017 by Hannah Garrett

Meet the Rockstars: Andrew Manoleff

1. Name: Andrew Manoleff

2. Hometown: Milaca MN

3. Major: Mechanical Engineering Minors: Mathematics, Communication
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4. Year in School: Fifth-Year Senior
5. If money and practicality weren’t an issue, what mode of transportation would you use to get around town? Jet pack
6. Favorite place to eat in Duluth: New London Café
7. The thing to do before you die: Skydive

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8. What I wish I would’ve known when I began UMD: Make sure you have time for yourself and don’t over do it with getting involved.
Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/20/2017

Meet the Rockstars: Kristin Larson

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1. Name: Kristin Larson 
2. Hometown: Savage, MN
3. Major(s) and Minor(s): Major: Biochemistry Minor: Deaf studies 
4. Year in school: Senior 
5. If you were a vegetable, what vegetable would you be and why? A baby carrot because I’m really small
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6. Your hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: I love Toasty’s but I’m a little obsessed with grilled cheese so that might be why!

 
7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: I need to go to Australia because I need to pet a koala bear!
8. What you wish you would’ve known when you began your first year at UMD: Shadow, shadow, shadow because as much as you think you might want to do a certain job you never know until you’re in the field!
Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/19/2017
 

Meet the Rockstars: Megan Traxler

1. Name: Megan Traxler

2. Hometown: Le Center, Minnesota

3. Major(s) and Minor(s): Cell and Molecular Biology Major with a Minor in Chemistry 

4. Year in school: Senior

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5. If magic was real, what spell would you use first? I am one of the biggest Harry Potter nerds out there so of course I would love to do magic. I think I would cast a spell that would allow me to fly around on a broom because I think that would be quite an experience! Plus, who wouldn’t want to fly?! I would never have to pay for gas again! 

6. Your hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: Tavern on the Hill!

7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: THERE ARE SO MANY. Overall, I just want to make a difference in the lives of others. Whether that be holding a door open for someone, lending aid or advice where needed, or inspiring others to be the best that they can be and to reach their full potential.

8. What you wish you would’ve known when you began your first year at UMD? My little piece of advice would be not to limit yourself to what you think you know or what you think you like. You’re on your own now and you will grow and change. I joined an organization I never thought I would join in a million years and now it is such a huge part of my life and made me into the woman I am today. 

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Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/10/2017

Meet the Rockstars: Dalton Klein

 

  1. Name: Dalton Klein 
  2. Hometown: Layton, UT & Hudson, WI
  3. Major(s) and Minor(s): BBA- Finance Minor- Philosophy
  4. Year in school: Senior
  5. If money and practicality weren’t an issue, what would be the most interesting way for you to get around town? I would inch around like an inchworm.
  6. Your hands-down favorite place to eat in Duluth: West Taphouse
  7. One thing you absolutely need to do before you die: Wingsuit down a mountain
  8. What you wish you would’ve known when you began your first year at UMD?Getting really involved and staying busy is the best way to open up your future and stay on top of things. Also Kirby student center jobs are nice.

 

 

Written by Hannah Garrett on 7/6/2017