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Fall Sophomore

  1. 1. The Following Steps will help you to have a successful semester and year. Click Here to Start
  2. 2. How to Navigate <ul><li>You can move through the program by clicking on these icons: </li></ul><ul><li>Explore information by clicking on any wording that appears underlined </li></ul><ul><li>If you would like to go to the menu to see </li></ul><ul><li>a specific topic click on the icon in the </li></ul><ul><li>lower right hand of the screen. </li></ul><ul><li>You are encouraged to go through the entire program first and then return to the menu to review information. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Get Organized! <ul><li>Classes </li></ul>Personal Start being organized at the beginning of the semester & continue to keep organized. If you find yourself becoming unorganized make sure that you get back on tract ASAP!
  4. 4. Organizing Classes <ul><li>Know drop deadlines and dates </li></ul><ul><li>Print schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Have folders/binders and notebooks for each class </li></ul><ul><li>Create a folder on your computer and email for each class </li></ul><ul><li>SAVE everything in its designated spot for the entire semester; until grades are posted, bills are paid and schedules are printed </li></ul><ul><li>Keep track and be aware of projects, assignments and test due dates. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Personal Organization <ul><li>Finances </li></ul>Time Spaces
  6. 6. Finances <ul><li>10 Money Saving Tips </li></ul>Balancing checking accounts Credit cards Financial aid Loans
  7. 7. 10 Money Saving Tips 1. Write down all expenditures, review, find and reduce needless purchases. 2. Use your bank’s ATM machine to avoid interbanking charges. 3. Eat the cafeteria food rather than eating off campus, or ordering in. 4. Clip and use coupons. 5. Use a low-rate phone card rather than a cell phone (ie you could purchase a 500 minute phone card for $25 rather than a cell phone bill of $50 a month. 6. Buy generic items instead of name brand items. 7. Drink water rather than expensive sports drinks or pop 8. If you receive a raise try saving that money for future items rather than splurging immediately 9. Only keep small amounts of cash with you when shopping & leave credit/debit cards at home to avoid over spending. 10. Look for free events on campus for outings.
  8. 8. Financial Aid <ul><li>-Find out what financial aid you have </li></ul><ul><li>-Know when your tuition bill is due </li></ul><ul><li>-Keep your paperwork for all bills and loans </li></ul><ul><li>-Financial aid questions contact </li></ul><ul><li> Financial Aid Office </li></ul><ul><li>210 Bowman Hall </li></ul><ul><li>715-232-1363 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Financial Aid Office Website </li></ul><ul><li>FASFA </li></ul>
  9. 9. Balancing Checking Accounts <ul><li>Overdraft fees (withdrawing more than you have) can cost up to $30 each time. To prevent this charge balance your check book. Use the tools below to help you- </li></ul><ul><li>Balancing your checkbook tutorial </li></ul><ul><li>Checkbook calculator </li></ul>
  10. 10. Credit Cards <ul><li>Use your credit cards wisely. Here are some tips: </li></ul><ul><li>Pay credit card bills on time to avoid interest charges and late fees. </li></ul><ul><li>Acquire a low credit limit on your card so that you are not tempted to overcharge. </li></ul><ul><li>Those “free” things you can get from using your credit card (air miles, store discounts, etc) are really not free. These cards typically carry annual fees. Look for cards without annual fees. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not get cash advances on credit-it is very expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>If you don’t have the money don’t spend it! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Loans <ul><li>Know what loans are available to you </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Loan types </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keep accurate and up to date records of loans you take out </li></ul>
  12. 12. Time <ul><li>Have a Schedule of what you are doing each day </li></ul><ul><li>Make a to-do list </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a planner – purchase one or use the electronic one through your Stout email </li></ul>
  13. 13. Spaces <ul><li>-Put thing where they make sense and you can get to them </li></ul><ul><li>-Put it back. Right Now! </li></ul><ul><li>-Use a dirty clothes bin and wash them on a regular basis </li></ul>-Have a designated area for dirty dishes and wash them frequently -Talk to your roommate (if you have one) about sharing responsibilities such as taking out the trash and vacuuming.
  14. 14. Explore Study Abroad Options Personal Benefits Career Benefits Deadlines to Note For info on programs and the process contact: Office of International Education 400 Bowman Hall or visit their website .
  15. 15. Study Abroad Deadlines <ul><li>WinTerm and Spring Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>October1 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fall and Summer Programs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>February 15 </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Personal Benefits <ul><li>Use your experience abroad to meet your global studies requirement at UW-Stout. </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to travel and learn about new places and people. </li></ul><ul><li>Gain self-confidence and independence from learning to live in another culture. </li></ul><ul><li>Make progress toward your degree while studying abroad. </li></ul><ul><li>Broaden your knowledge about the world around you. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Career Benefits <ul><li>Gain valuable international knowledge about other countries and cultures that will be helpful in both social and work situations. </li></ul><ul><li>Gain international and multi-cultural experience to increase your value as an employee. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve your language skills so that you can communicate better with people in the workplace who use other languages. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve your cross-cultural communication skills so you can work comfortably with people from many different backgrounds and cultures. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Career <ul><li>Undecided Major </li></ul>Decided Major Considering Changing Major
  19. 19. Decided Major <ul><li>The following will help you </li></ul><ul><li>get ahead in your major. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Opportunities to look for and Participate in. <ul><li>Internships/co-ops </li></ul><ul><li>Leadership </li></ul><ul><li>Service Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Career Conferences </li></ul>
  21. 21. Start Gathering Career Skills <ul><li>Resume’ writing </li></ul><ul><li>Cover letter writing </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewing skills </li></ul><ul><li>For more career skills visit the Career Services website , visit them at 103 Administration Building, or call 232-3595 </li></ul>
  22. 22. Classes <ul><li>Employers do look at your transcripts when hiring and you will use what you learn in classes for your career. Make sure that you are keeping up with school work and are performing to the best of your abilities. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Considering Changing Major <ul><li>The following will help you with your decisions of changing or keeping your major. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Undecided <ul><li>The following are steps that can help you to decide what major you want to choose. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Explore your Options <ul><li>Career Exploration Class- TRDIS-101 </li></ul><ul><li>-no cost -4 weeks -1 credit </li></ul><ul><li>--runs 1 st or 2 nd quarter of the semester </li></ul><ul><li>If you are interested, contact Cheryl Jones at 232-1465 or jonesc@uwstout.edu. </li></ul>One-on one career exploration for upper class students Call 232-1465 to set up as appointment with Joann Deml Course will enable you to: Understand career planning. Identify career interests, values, skills and personality type. Examine career alternatives for course availability and registration contact career services
  26. 26. Talk with your Advisor ASAP <ul><li>Who is my Advisor? </li></ul>Tips on meeting with your advisor
  27. 27. Don’t know your Advisor? <ul><li>Contact the advisement office at x1465 or x5306 </li></ul><ul><li>Advisement office is located 11 Bowman Hall </li></ul>
  28. 28. Tips on meeting with your advisor <ul><li>Call him or her and leave a message. If you do not hear back from them, call back. </li></ul><ul><li>Look at your advisor’s class schedule posted on his/her door and meet them outside of the classroom before or after class </li></ul><ul><li>Get office hours from your advisor </li></ul>
  29. 29. Declaring a Major <ul><li>Once you have decided on a major go to advisement center and get necessary forms ( 11 Bowman Hall). </li></ul>What to do after you have declared a major
  30. 30. Preparing for Advisement Day <ul><li>Do you know who your advisor is? </li></ul>Yes No
  31. 31. How to Find who your advisor is: <ul><li>Contact the advisement office at x1465 or x5306 </li></ul><ul><li>Advisement office is located 11 Bowman Hall </li></ul>
  32. 32. Know and sign up for meeting times <ul><li>Know when Advisement day is </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look at academic calendar for date (normally end of October) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go to your Major’s meeting </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The schedule of Advisement Day meetings will be sent to all students via UW-Stout email approximately one week prior to Advisement Day. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Sign up for a time to meet with your advisor </li></ul>
  33. 33. Meeting with your Advisor <ul><li>What to bring </li></ul>What to discuss Scheduling a meeting time
  34. 34. Scheduling a Meeting with your Advisor <ul><li>Most advisors will have times that you can sign up to meet with them on advisement day. </li></ul><ul><li>Call him or her and leave a message. If you do not hear back from them, call back. </li></ul><ul><li>Get office hours from your advisor </li></ul><ul><li>Look at your advisor’s class schedule posted on his/her door and meet them outside of the classroom before or after class </li></ul>
  35. 35. What to Bring to Advisement Appointment <ul><li>1. Blue advisement binder </li></ul><ul><li>2. A most recent DAR (Degree Audit Report) </li></ul><ul><li>(located on Access Stout) </li></ul><ul><li>3. A plan of classes you plan to register for </li></ul>
  36. 36. What to Discuss with Advisor <ul><li>What classes you will be taking next semester </li></ul><ul><li>Minors and/or concentrations </li></ul><ul><li>Is Win-term classes something you are interested in </li></ul><ul><li>Major requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Future plans (ie: when you are planning to graduate) </li></ul>
  37. 37. Registration <ul><li>Know your date and time to register </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure all holds are removed from your account before you register </li></ul><ul><li>Have a back-up schedule plan in case the classes you want are full </li></ul><ul><li>Register online on Access Stout </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to register for some classes in registration office (109 Bowman) if not allowed to register online </li></ul>
  38. 38. Finals <ul><li>Studying </li></ul>Stay Healthy Relieving Stress
  39. 39. Studying <ul><li>Where to study: </li></ul><ul><li>-find a quiet place where there are few distractions </li></ul><ul><li>Study tips: </li></ul><ul><li>-Take breaks; 20-50minutes studying and then a 5-10 minute break </li></ul><ul><li>-Study during the day; this is when you can most effectively study. One hour during the day is the same as 2 hours at night. </li></ul><ul><li>-Prioritize; identify the classes or areas that are the most challenging and spend a larger amount of time with them. </li></ul><ul><li>-Actively Study; review notes, quiz yourself, discuss concepts with classmates and professors. </li></ul>
  40. 40. Stay Healthy <ul><li>You learn and perform better when you are practicing healthy habits. </li></ul><ul><li>Get exercise: Even taking a short walk can help you perform better. </li></ul><ul><li>Eat well: try to eat a balanced diet and make sure not to skip meals. </li></ul><ul><li>Get Sleep: Most people need between 7-9 hours of sleep to function best </li></ul>
  41. 41. Relieving Stress <ul><li>Stress can take a very big toll on the mind and body. </li></ul><ul><li>Each person has their own way of relieving stress possibilities include, walking, meditating, talking </li></ul><ul><li>with friends, exercise, playing a game, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Find what works for you and take time to </li></ul><ul><li>relive your stress. </li></ul>
  42. 42. After Finals <ul><li>Check spring course schedule for openings in courses you would like </li></ul><ul><li>After bills are paid and classes are </li></ul><ul><li>registered, sort through materials and </li></ul><ul><li>files to see what needs to be saved </li></ul><ul><li>Check grades </li></ul>
  43. 43. <ul><li>Upon return to a familiar college campus, sophomores experience a variety of stressors. </li></ul><ul><li>Sophomores often: </li></ul><ul><li>-forget campus connections and where to go for help. </li></ul><ul><li>-feel pressure to make decisions about declaring a major and finding internships. </li></ul><ul><li>-search for a sense of meaning and purpose </li></ul><ul><li>The uncertainty of the Sophomore Slump is an important time to connect with campus resources, maintain a positive attitude, and take advantage of opportunities to create meaning and purpose . </li></ul>
  44. 44. If you find yourself identifying with three or more of these statements since arriving at UW-Stout this semester, you could be suffering from Sophomore Slump Why do I have more question now than when I first arrived my first year? Who are these people I hang around with that I thought were my friends? Why am I majoring in this, if I don’t even like it? Why am I constantly overwhelmed? Why do I only find the negatives in my life? Why don’t I find time to relax? Why am I so uncertain about my future? Why am I not having as much fun as last year? Does everyone have this all figured out but me? Why am I ready to cry if the smallest thing goes wrong? Why do I feel like my parents are constantly pressuring me to know what I want to do with my life? Why am I so unmotivated and/or anxious? What an I doing here at Stout? What is my real motivation?
  45. 45. Now What? <ul><li>If you think that you might be experiencing the Slump, there are many things you can do to cope. Taking care of yourself involves understanding and support. There are many resources, including this program, that can be a guide for campus connections and solutions. </li></ul>
  46. 46. Printable Check List <ul><li>A printable check list is available below. </li></ul><ul><li>Sophomore Fall Check List </li></ul>
  47. 47. <ul><li>You can return to this site at anytime to review information. The icon located on the lower right is on every page and will navigate you to the menu page. You can choose a specific topic to review in the menu. Good Luck this semester! </li></ul>
  48. 48. Menu <ul><li>Opening Page </li></ul><ul><li>Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Study Abroad </li></ul><ul><li>Career/Majoring </li></ul><ul><li>Advisement </li></ul><ul><li>Registration </li></ul><ul><li>Finals Preparation </li></ul><ul><li>After Finals </li></ul><ul><li>Sophomore Slump </li></ul><ul><li>Printable Checklist </li></ul><ul><li>Credits </li></ul>
  49. 49. Credits <ul><li>Money saving tips adapted by Michelle Hargrave (Hall Director) from “college in a Can: and everything else you need to know about life on campus” by Sandra and Harry Choron. </li></ul><ul><li>Sophomore Slump adapted from http://www.muhlenberg.edu/students/counseling/SophomoreSlump.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Study abroad information found on www.uwstout.edu/intl/ </li></ul><ul><li>Study adapted from http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/success/study.html </li></ul>

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