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A Message from Student Activities Welcome to UConn! College life is a lot better when you are doing things in addition to your classes that are meaningful and fun. When you have yourself organized for success, it’s even better! That’s why we put together this magazine. It’s the ultimate guide for students new to Storrs. It includes information about places to go on campus, fun activities, and how you can get involved in student organizations. We also included information about getting organized and staying healthy, as well as information about the things that worry new students, like being shy or feeling as though you don’t fit in because you are not a typical new student. If you need help getting connected, just reach out! We are here for you! Student Union, Room 302 - 308, 314 studentactivities.uconn.edu UConn Student Activities @UConnStudentActivities @UConnActivities
First things first. Let’s get these myths out of the way... MYTH: Don’t get involved your first semester. Actually, balancing your academics with employment and/ or involvement can help you manage your time and your life better. Being involved is a way to meet people and connect with like-minded students on campus, which will make you a happier person! MYTH: There is nothing to do. Not on our campus! There is always something to look forward to, whether it’s arts, music, comedians, films, recreation, or athletic events. There are also over 650 organizations to join and many places to meet people, from the coffee cafes to Late Night in the Student Union.
MYTH: There is nothing to do but drink. Since this is college, a lot of people think that the social atmosphere is going to be all about the booze. It doesn’t have to be that way. Whether you are interested in sports, art, music, comedy, theatre, cultural activities, or educational programs, you can find something to do that doesn’t revolve around alcohol. Many of our students rarely drink, and some don’t even drink at all. There are plenty of other students who like just hanging out and having fun with friends.
Not sure where to start? Looking for more information before diving in? Visit getinvolved.uconn.edu for a guide to getting involved and connected on campus. You can also ask a fellow student who has been there. The student employees in Student Activities went through the same thing you did trying to find their place on campus. They are now involved and making a difference, and would be happy to help you explore campus-wide involvement opportunities.
You Connect with UConntact With over 650 active student organizations on campus, you will find something that meets your interests. Club sports, fraternities and sororities, cultural organizations, performance groups, and hundreds of other academic and social groups were created for and by students just like you. Our groups are committed to providing incredible experiences to students on campus. It’s easy to find out about different groups – Just visit uconntact.uconn.edu to begin searching! You can find groups by name, category, or keyword. Login with your NetID to see even more activities – including upcoming events!
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Get Involved. Be Connected.
The co-curricular activities of college students have been proven to positively impact academic success and the overall college experience. Whether it is student organizations, club sports or community service, getting involved allows you to enhance your education, meet new people, make lasting connections, and experience new and exciting activities across campus.
The Involvement Fair is an easy way to explore many of the exciting groups to get involved with on campus. Held on the 2nd Wednesday of every semester, this event invites you to come and learn about hundreds of programs and organizations you can be a part of during the year. From performance groups and academic clubs to cultural and volunteer organizations, drop in on the Involvement Fair and find out about the opportunities that await you. Bring a friend! Visit getinvolved.uconn.edu for more information. Student Union, Room 302 getinvolved.uconn.edu UConn Student Activities @UConnActivities
Spirit, Pride, & Tradition Programs
Consisting of the University’s Cheerleaders, Dance Team, and Mascot, this program continues a long tradition of creating Husky spirit at UConn. These students promote spirit and pride in the institution among students and fans alike. They also represent UConn to constituents across the country while performing at athletic and non-athletic events on campus and beyond. spirit.uconn.edu UConn Cheerleading | UConn Dance Team Jonathan the Husky @TheUConnHusky | @uconncheerteam @uconndanceteam
Roadshows are sponsored by SUBOG and Student Activities to provide transportation for students attending UConn sporting events at Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field and the Hartford XL Center. Roadshows provide transportation only; students are responsible for securing their own game tickets. Roadshow tickets may be purchased from the Student Union Information Center for $4. Roadshow tickets must be purchased at least 48 hours prior to the game. subog.uconn.edu/roadshows
The University of Connecticut Marching Band, “The Pride of Connecticut,” is 330 members representing nearly every degree program at the university. Performances include home football games, parades, exhibitions, select away football games, and a potential bowl game. The UCMB is an opportunity for all university students to exercise and enhance their musical skills. The UCMB embodies the spirit of the University of Connecticut and is one of the most acclaimed band programs in the United States. uconnband.org UConn Marching Band @UConnBand
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COMMUNITY BASED INITIATIVES AT UCONN Academic Service-Learning “Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.” -(The Carnegie Foundation) Service learning projects are developed by connecting student learning objectives and establishing community need with a community partner. The resulting partnership is beneficial for everyone. The project activities can vary widely as service learning can take on many forms. For more information about Service Learning go to sl.engagement.uconn.edu.
Service & Social Justice Focused Student Organizations
Students interested in service and social justice issues can also join one of UConn’s numerous student organizations. Some of these student organizations are UConnPIRG, Habitat for Humanity, Red Cross Club, Eco Husky, Alpha Phi Omega, Amnesty International, and Idealists United. uconntact.uconn.edu
Engaged Scholarship and Research
Engaged Scholarship and research connects UConn faculty and staff expertise, undergraduate and graduate students, to public issues. Engaged Scholarship is collaborative and a mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources between academia and the community to further the public good. At the student level, Engaged Scholarship can enhance academic learning and knowledge by blending research, teaching, and service. At the community level, community residents, organization and policy makers work with UConn to identify relevant societal needs to jointly create solutions. engagement.uconn.edu UConn Engaged @UConnEngaged
Careers for the Common Good
(CCG) is a collaboration between CO, Center for Career Development and the Human Rights Institute which promotes socially responsible professional options for UConn students.
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Community Outreach (CO) offers hundreds of service opportunities for students throughout the year. •One-Time Service Projects – Interested in giving back but have limited time? Try a one-time service event like MLK Day of Service, Special Olympics events, or Community Service Days. •Alternative Breaks – Engage with a community outside of UConn through service for a weekend during the fall or spring semester or for a week during Winter Break or Spring Break. •Semester-Long Programs – Get involved with weekly service programs focused on health and human services, language and literacy, or youth development and education throughout the semester. This is a great opportunity to meet dedicated students making change in our local community!
Each of CO’s service programs is facilitated by a student leader. These positions sharpen your leadership skills and prepare you for future professional roles. If you’re ready to lead with CO, just ask us how! Student Union, Room 302 communityoutreach.uconn.edu UConn Community Outreach
Community Outreach offers a variety of educational events and trainings throughout the year aimed at increasing awareness, interest, and involvement of UConn students in current political and social issues. These include advocacy trainings, conferences, dialogues, and various speaking engagements around topics related to service and community issues. There are opportunities that encourage learning outside of the classroom environment by combining community service and academics. The Human Rights in Action Learning Community allows students with similar interests in service to live in a collective environment that combines their academic studies with community work. This Living Learning Community is open to First and Second year students and is a great way to learn about Human Rights issues and service in our local communities.
During the 2016-2017 school year, students involved with CO contributed over 75,000 hours of service in over 180 organizations across the country and world wide!
Have Federal Work Study?
If you are awarded Federal Work-Study, you can get paid to serve with Community Outreach by participating in service programs, office administration, public relations and/or transportation services.
Need A Ride?
CO provides transportation to and from the majority of its service sites for participants of Community Outreach programs. Together with your student leader, we will coordinate your round trip transportation.
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Undergraduate Student Government
The Undergraduate Student Government (USG) at the University of Connecticut is the group for you if you want to change your campus. USG is the official voice of the undergraduate student body and is in charge of managing almost $1.5 million a year of your student fees. It has been the launch point for many successful projects at UConn. Any student can run for office in the beginning of the Fall or the end of the Spring semesters. Not interested in campaigning? You can sign up to join one of USG’s six committees! As part of USG, you’ll help better your fellow students’ lives by representing them to the UConn administration, as well as local and state government. Work on important issues, improve academic life and policies, make UConn more sustainable, or find a new goal to accomplish. If you want to make UConn a better place for students, USG is the best way to make a difference. Student Union, Room 219 usg.uconn.edu University of Connecticut Undergraduate Student Government @UConn_USG
Graduate Student Senate
The Graduate Student Senate (GSS) is the body charged with representation of and advocacy for graduate students across all UConn campuses. Members hold positions on University committees that have an impact on graduate students. GSS plans many activities for grad students including professional development and networking events. In addition, GSS provides funding to graduate student organizations and maintains a short-term Emergency Loan Service to graduate students in conjunction with the Bursar’s Office. Student Union, Room 213 gss.uconn.edu UConn Graduate Student Senate
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SUBOG (Student Union Board of Governors)
This is the campusâ€™ event planning organization. SUBOG is made up of students just like YOU! There are nine committees you can join. Chances are you will attend many SUBOG events while you are at UConn. Some of the events they plan are: the Husky WOW Block Party and Comedy Jam, concerts, daytime events, movies, comedy shows, special events, lectures, as well as Homecoming, Winter Weekend, and travel to sporting events and other places off campus. With all of this happening, thereâ€™s definitely something for everyone! Student Union, Room 307 subog.uconn.edu SUBOG @SUBOGatUConn
As an activist organization dedicated to change, UConnPIRG empowers students to take leadership on social, political, and environmental campaigns advocating for the public interest. They are a student-run, student-funded, non-partisan group that welcomes all with a passion for consumer protection, the environment, higher education, democracy, and more. In a political climate saturated by powerful special interests pushing their agendas unopposed, they use grassroots organizing and people power to obtain real results for the public. They offer great opportunities such as grassroots and community organizing training, a for-credit internship program, and lobbying at the Capitol. Some issues they tackle include the cost of higher education, hunger and homelessness, and environmental protection. You can become a student leader or even just volunteer from time to time - fighting for an issue important to you. If you want to make an impact on your community today, UConnPIRG is the group for you! Student Union, Room 214 pirg.uconn.edu Conn PIRG @ConnPIRG
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The Daily Campus
The Daily Campus is a student-run newspaper with opportunities to get involved in writing, designing, copy editing, photography, video, web development, sales and marketing. One of the largest organizations on campus, The Daily Campus draws students from a variety of majors and backgrounds, not just journalism students. The environment is fun and fast-paced, but focused on education, so no experience is needed to join any of the departments. Look for copies around campus. Drop by the building any night for a tour. 1266 Storrs Road, Storrs dailycampus.com The Daily Campus
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Nutmeg Publishing is a student-run, student-funded organization that is responsible for chronicling each yearâ€™s events and activities. It is composed of two publications: Nutmeg Yearbook and Nutmeg Magazine. Each graduating bachelorâ€™s degree student receives a copy of the Nutmeg Yearbook, which features everything from individual senior portraits to important highlights of that year at the university. The Nutmeg Magazine is an online quarterly publication that features articles on student life and UConn culture. Nutmeg Publishing is staffed by a diverse group of motivated students. Nutmeg offers undergraduates a variety of experiences in design, photography, writing, reporting, marketing, business, copy editing, and leadership. Student Union, Room 212 nutmeg.uconn.edu UConn Nutmeg Publishing @UCONNnutmeg nutmegpublishing
UCTV is a student-run, student-funded organization that provides members with the training and facilities to produce and broadcast original television programming. UCTV airs on Channel 14 on Huskyvision and on the UCTV Youtube Channel, TheUCTVchannel14. UCTV members have the opportunity to be trained in editing, studio, and camera work, as well as attend conferences and connect with alumni who have used their experience from UCTV to further their careers. UCTV produces regular sports and news broadcasts and a variety of other weekly shows featuring all student work and talent. Regardless of your major or professional interests, you can gain valuable experience and have a great time as a member of UCTV. Student Union, Room 409 uctv14.com @UCTVCHANNEL14 Youtube: TheUCTVChannel14
WHUS Radio is UConnâ€™s sound alternative and center for media production and creativity. Maintaining both an FM signal and an online radio stream, WHUS broadcasts live music, talk, and news programming 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Students at WHUS also broadcast play-by-play coverage of UConn basketball and football games and the station is the exclusive broadcaster of UConn baseball, soccer, and hockey. WHUS provides free training for students in sound engineering, recording, podcasting, and audio/video production. The station hosts concerts and events throughout the year for students and has an active staff of over 150 members. Student Union, Room 412 whus.org 91.7 FM WHUS Radio @whusradio
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UConn Greek Life
Social fraternities and sororities have been an active part of UConn for over 130 years. Founded on the ideals of scholarship, leadership, service, and brotherhood/ sisterhood, they have a long tradition of fostering personal development. The UConn Greek community is comprised of nearly 40 social fraternities and sororities, and includes historically culturally-based and religious fraternities and sororities. To learn more about how you can join a fraternity or sorority, please visit the website or stop by the Fraternity & Sorority Community Center. Student Union, Suite 203 greeklife.uconn.edu @UConnFSL
Academic excellence is a vital aspect of fraternity and sorority membership at UConn. Programming, incentives, recognition, and ongoing support are provided to help members achieve academic success.
Developing leaders today for life after college is an important part of Greek involvement. Members participate in many leadership development programs and conferences, and serve their organizations through officer positions.
UConn Greeks work hard to give back to the community through service and philanthropic initiatives. Annually, members contribute tens of thousands of service hours and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charitable organizations.
Brotherhood & Sisterhood
Fraternities and sororities are about building lifelong relationships that extend beyond ordinary friendships. Bonds of brotherhood, sisterhood, and siblinghood provide UConn Greeks with a home away from home, a sense of community, mentorship, and career networking with alumni.
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Ever want to ride a horse, jump out of a plane, ski down a mountain, or scrum with the Rugby team? UConn Recreation’s Club Sports program offers 39 clubs ranging from traditional sports like Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rugby, Volleyball and Soccer to Ultimate Frisbee, Skydiving, Woodsmen, Sailing and Paintball. Clubs compete at home and away on both regional and national levels throughout the year. The 39 clubs, which includes 1,600+ athletes are supported by the UConn Club Sports program and are led by their student members. The Club Sports program strives to provide leadership and athletic opportunities that complement students’ collegiate experiences, as well as diverse athletic and recreational opportunities for the UConn community.
Club Sports Team Listing Archery Baseball Basketball, Women’s Crew, Men’s Cycling Dressage Equestrian Field Hockey Figure Skating Gymnastics Ice Hockey, Men’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Kickline Lacrosse, Men’s Lacrosse, Women’s Paintball Polo Racquetball Rugby, Men’s Rugby, Women’s
Running Sailing Ski Skydiving Soccer, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Softball Swimming Tae Kwon Do Tap Tennis Triathlon Ultimate Frisbee, Men’s Ultimate Frisbee, Women’s Volleyball, Men’s Volleyball, Women’s Water Polo Western Woodsmen
Student Union, 2nd Floor - Room 231 (next to Dunkin Donuts) clubsports.uconn.edu UConn Club Sports @UConnClubSports
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H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center
The H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center (AACC) of the University of Connecticut was established in 1968 to support African American students in the pursuit of the coveted higher education academic experience. It is recognized that many African American students face unique societal and institutional challenges in developing to the fullest extent of their potential. The Center strives to assist students in overcoming these challenges and supports them in their adjustments to college life through the development of cultural awareness, academic excellence, leadership skills, social consciousness and personal success. The AACC is a warm, welcoming and intellectually challenging environment that contributes to the vitality of campus life for all students, their parents, faculty and staff. Student Union, Room 407 aacc.uconn.edu @UCONN_AACC H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center
Asian American Cultural Center
International Student & Scholar Services
The International Student & Scholar Services assists the international student and scholar population at the university through support services and cross-cultural programs. Advisors are available to counsel international students on a variety of topics, such as educational needs, employment questions, cultural adjustment issues, financial matters, personal matters, and immigration questions pertaining to their stay in the U.S. The International Center lounge area may be used for social programming and studying, and is an ideal meeting place for U.S. and international community members. McMahon Hall - Main Floor, Suite 183 isss.uconn.edu UConn International Student & Scholar Services @UConnGlobal
(AsACC) provides resources to enhance the University’s diversity commitment through recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, service, and outreach to the Asian & Asian American community on campus and beyond. The central goal of all the Center’s programming is to assist students in exploring and defining their cultural identities in multicultural America. The AsACC provides a supportive environment for students, faculty and staff that encourages academic excellence, personal development, community engagement, and professional leadership. The Center has a library, kitchen, lounge, conference room, and a main program room. Student Union, Room 428 asacc.uconn.edu UConn Asian American Cultural Center
Observances to Remember •Asian American Heritage Observance & AsACC’s 25th Anniversary: April 2018 •Black History Month: February 2018 •Hispanic Heritage Month: Sept 15 - Oct 15, 2017 •Sexuality & Gender Diversity Month: October 2017 •Transgender Day of Remembrance: November 20, 2017 •Women’s History Month: March 2018
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Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center
(PRLACC’s) mission is to improve the status of Latinxs and to promote awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latinxs and Latin American cultures. PRLACC supports the University’s mission by providing services and leadership opportunities, fostering connections, and educating the University and the larger community about Latinx issues. Their programs seek to enhance and support student, faculty, and staff recruitment and retention, as well as enrich the multicultural climate of our community. Student Union, Room 438 prlacc.uconn.edu UConn PRLACC @PRLACC
The Rainbow Center
The Rainbow Center (RC) has been serving UConn’s diverse communities of gender identities, gender expressions and sexual and romantic orientations since 1998! The RC facilitates education and training opportunities; offers leadership development and community engagement; and provides advocacy and support. Everyone is welcome to get involved. The RC’s community includes, but is not limited to those who are aromantic, gender non-conforming, bisexual, asexual, transgender, cisgender, lesbian, heterosexual, allies, genderqueer, gay, questioning, intersex, pansexual, and gender fluid. All Huskies are welcome at the Out to Lunch lecture series, Husky Safe Zone Training, workshops, identity-based weekly discussion groups, and all events. Volunteers are welcome to join the F.A.M.I.L.E.E. mentoring program. Student Union, Room 403 rainbowcenter.uconn.edu UConn Rainbow Center @uconnrainbowcenter
The Women’s Center
The mission of the Women’s Center is to educate, advocate, and provide support services for the achievement of women’s equity at the University and within the community at large. More specifically, we promote an anti-racist feminist perspective, which includes an analysis of the intersectionality between various forms of oppression; challenges the power structure/status quo that reinforces inequality based on race and gender simultaneously; and foregrounds the understanding of how racial discrimination impacts the analysis of gender discrimination. They strive to create a community which celebrates women’s diversity, while actively confronting sexism through activism, and working for change through collaborations on various issues such as women in STEM, and programs such as the Violence Against Women Prevention Program, Elect Her, Eating Disorders Awareness Week, $tart $mart, and the Men’s Project. Student Union, Room 421 womenscenter.uconn.edu UConn Women’s Center
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The Defining Photo
There are over 30 peer education programs on campus offering counseling and support, advocacy, programs for specific majors, and general academic support. Here is a sampling of some of the programs designed to assist students who are new to Storrs.
Asiantation Mentoring Program
(AMP) The Asiantation Mentoring Program is a peer education program that helps incoming Asian & Asian American students adapt to their new college environment. Student are paired with continuing students who will be resources to assist them through their first year and beyond. A variety of workshops are offered in topics such as academic success, career preparation, and outreach opportunities. asacc.uconn.edu
Fostering Academics, Maturity, Independence, Leadership, Empowerment & Excellence) The F.A.M.I.L.E.E. Mentor Program pairs new students with continuing students during their first or transfer year for group activities and one-on-one mentoring meetings. This program is run through the Rainbow Center. rainbowcenter.uconn.edu
First Year Experience
The UConnâ€™s FYE program is comprised of course offerings and services that foster student success, development, transition, and leadership. First and second year students at the University study and engage in exploration, learning, and research in small 19 seat seminar sections. FYE courses are collaborative, community-based offerings that provide active and experiential learning. fye.uconn.edu
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The METAS (Mentoring, Educating, and Training for Academic Success) Program is a peer-mentoring program designed to assist first-year and transfer students with their college transition. Learn about resources and opportunities at UConn; attend educational, cultural, and social events; and meet other students who are going through similar experiences. prlacc.uconn.edu
Preparing African American Students to Sustain Success (PA2SS) is a one-credit peer mentoring class designed to assist first-year and transfer students with their transition to the UConn community. Experienced students serve as mentors and liaisons to campus resources, services, organizations, events and opportunities. The PA2SS class supports the mission of the African American Cultural Center through promoting cultural preservation, quality leadership and academic excellence through a unique approach to cultural advocacy, academic support and community outreach. The class is open to all students. aacc.uconn.edu
The University of Connecticutâ€™s Quantitative Learning Center (Q Center) is a resource to elevate the proficiency of students taking quantitative intensive (Q) courses across the undergraduate curriculum. They provide direct assistance to students via peer tutoring, review sessions, and the creation of innovative learning tools. Free drop-in peer tutoring is available Sundays to Fridays in the Homer Babbidge Library. qcenter.uconn.edu
The UConn Sexperts
The UConn Sexperts is a peer education group within Wellness and Prevention. They provide sexual health and stress management education and strategies to the campus community. This nationally award winning program is open to first year students who can develop their leadership skills throughout their UConn experience. healthed.uconn.edu
Veterans may face unique challenges as they begin or return to their academic studies. The following provides a starting point to meet and greet other UConn veterans.
Veterans Affairs & Military Programs
The Office of Veterans Affairs & Military Programs provides services to student veterans and service members including Educational VA Benefits, special programs and events, staff support, and assistance. The main office and the staff’s offices are located on the third floor of Arjona. There are additional study areas, computer lab, and a coffee maker, refrigerator, and microwave specifically for student veterans’ use. Arjona, Room 345 veterans.uconn.edu
Located in the Student Union, Room 224, the Veterans Oasis serves primarily as a social lounge for our veteran population on campus to relax in between classes. Featuring cable TV, public access computers, and ample seating, the Oasis is a gathering place for student veterans at UConn.
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UConn has two ROTC (Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs): Army ROTC and Air Force ROTC. These programs offer leadership courses and opportunities to become leaders in the Air Force and Army. Both are located in Hall Dorm at the center of the Storrs Campus. veterans.uconn.edu/rotc email@example.com | firstname.lastname@example.org
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All are invited to participate in the worship and activities of these faith communities. It is the Area Association of Religious Communities’ (AARC) belief that a spiritual journey is an integral part of a liberal arts education and that the various religious communities can assist with the journey. aarc.stthomasuconn.org
Protestant First Baptist Church of Mansfield (American Baptist) fbcmansfieldct.com First United Methodist Church (United Methodist) email@example.com | umc.org Hope Lutheran Church hope-lcms.org Presbyterian Church of Coventry (Presbyterian Church in America) coventrypca.church St. Mark’s Episcopal Chapel (Episcopal Church at UConn) stmarkschapel.org Storrs Congregational Church (United Church of Christ/Congregational) storrscongchurch.org Storrs Friends Meeting (Quaker) storrsfriendsmeeting.org The Bridge (Baptist) thebridgestorrs.org Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Storrs (Unitarian Universalist Association) uufstorrs.org
Muslim Muslim Students Association & Islamic Center of CT uconntact.uconn.edu/organization/uconnmsa
Roman Catholic FOCUS: Fellowship of Catholic University Students (Para-church Roman Catholic) focus.org St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel & Center (Roman Catholic) stthomasaquinasuconn.org
Jewish Chabad at UConn (Jewish Student Association) jewishuconn.com UConn Hillel (Jewish) uconnhillel.org
Non-Denominational Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ) Affiliated organizations: UConn Students for Christ reGeneration Athletes in Action Student Venture uconntact.uconn.edu/organization/cruatuconn International Christian Fellowship (Non-Denominational Christian) uconnicf.org InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (Non-Denominational Christian) intervarsity.org/chapters/CT Mansfield Christian Fellowship (Non-Denominational) sites.google.com/site/mansfieldchristianfellowship Reformed University Fellowship (Christian) uconnruf.wordpress.com St. Paul’s Church (Post-Denominational, Evangelical) stpaulswired.org Storrs Community Church (Inter-Denominational/Evangelical Christian) storrscommunitychurch.org Young Life UConn Leadership (Non-Denominational Christian parachurch) thebasement.younglife.org
Orthodox Christian Greek Orthodox Chapel of the Three Hierarchs (Greek Orthodox) threehierarchschapel.org
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Jorgensen Jorgensen provides an opportunity for students to see world-class events at a fraction of the cost. Located in the heart of the UConn campus, Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is brimming with performances by internationally acclaimed artists and entertainers, from comedy, world music and jazz, to classical music, dance, and children’s events, as well as intriguing art exhibits in the Jorgensen Gallery. Past events have included: •Trevor Noah, Amy Schumer, Jay Leno, Jim Gaffigan, Myth Busters, Kodo Drummers, 2 Cellos, The Piano Guys, Regina Spektor, Jungle Jack Hanna, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and the Boston Pops For those interested in a deeper cultural dive, extracurricular opportunities include master classes throughout the school year, a First-Year Experience course taught by Jorgensen Director Rod Rock, pre-concert lectures, post-performance Q&As, and convocation classes for the Department of Music. jorgensen.uconn.edu 860-486-4226 Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts @Jorgensen_UConn
Connecticut Repertory Theatre (CRT) Connecticut Repertory Theatre is the producing arm of the University of Connecticut’s Department of Dramatic Arts. CRT produces under a year-round contract with Actors’ Equity Association, and serves as a cultural center for Connecticut and the New England region. CRT productions are directed, designed by, and cast with, visiting professional artists, including Equity actors, faculty members, and the department’s most advanced student artists. 2017-2018 Season Highlights: •Main Stage Productions: The Importance of Being Earnest, Our Country’s Good, The Crucible, and As You Like It •Studio Works Series Productions: Jen Silverman’s That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her and Qui Nguyen’s She Kills Monsters crt.uconn.edu Connecticut Repertory Theatre @CTRepTheatre *CRT1776-Press1: “1776”, book by Peter Stone, Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards, directed by Terrence Mann kicks off the Nutmeg Summer Series onstage at Connecticut Repertory Theatre’s Harriet S. Jorgensen Theatre thru June 10, 2017. Info at crt.uconn.edu or 860-486-2113. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
SUBOG is a student-run group that plans programming for UConn students. Check out their website and follow all of their social media accounts to keep up to date on all of the exciting events coming up! Past events have included: •Comedy Shows: Adam Devine, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Demetri Martin, Kenan Thompson, Vanessa Bayer •Concerts: J. Cole, Steve Aoki, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa, Brad Paisley, Schoolboy Q, Fetty Wap •Lectures: Jeff Bauman, Josh Radnor, Coach Carter, Brandon Stanton, Evan Peters •Trips: NYC/Broadway, Boston, Six Flags, Movie Premieres •Special Events: Step Afrika, Stuff-a-Husky, Haunted House, Carnival, Open Mic Nights, Student Talent Shows •Roadshows to Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field and the XL Center •Homecoming, Winter Weekend featuring One Ton Sundae Student Union Theatre Movies: • Thursday - Saturday: Various Showtimes • All Friday night movies are free! • Thursday and Saturday movies are only $2 for students. See the full movie lineup at subog.uconn.edu/movies subog.uconn.edu SUBOG @SUBOGatUConn
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Husky Opening Weekend for New Students (WOW)
August 25 - 28, 2017 Husky WOW celebrates the beginning of a new academic year during opening weekend. There is an incredible array of activities to connect you to the university and get you excited to be here! Discover academic, co- and extra-curricular resources which will prepare you to excel both in and out of the classroom. WOW events are the perfect way to get to know the campus, make some friends, and have some fun! huskywow.uconn.edu UConn Student Activities @UConnActivities
October 6 - 8, 2017 This annual UConn tradition is for the entire family to enjoy. Invite your family back to campus to join us for one day or the entire weekend, there are plenty of activities going on across Storrs. Highlights include a home football game, a major event at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts, specialty meals through UConn Dining, and so much more! familyweekend.uconn.edu UConn Student Activities @UConnActivities
October 15 - 21, 2017 Homecoming is a time for the entire UConn community to show Husky pride. Come and enjoy the floats at the parade, go on rides at the carnival, cheer on the King and Queen as they are crowned, and end the week with the Lip Sync! homecoming.uconn.edu SUBOG @SUBOGatUConn
February 2018 Ever see a One Ton Ice Cream Sundae? You’ll want to make sure you get there early! This UConn tradition has been at Storrs since the 1970’s and continues to be a huge hit. Winter Weekend boasts a full week of events including comedians, concerts, and activities that are sure to cure those winter blues! Check our website for additional details! subog.uconn.edu SUBOG @SUBOGatUConn
April 19 - 21, 2018 Spring Weekend is an annual end-of-the-year celebration here at UConn. The weekend is jam-packed with on-campus events and activities. Past highlights have included a food truck festival, nationally touring comedians, an on-campus skydive, and so much more! The weekend is capped off with one of UConn’s best tradition, Saturday’s OOzeball mud volleyball tournament! springweekend.uconn.edu UConn Student Activities @UConnActivities
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Visit the Student Union on Friday & Saturday nights from 9pm to 1am! Late Night is always free and is a fun and exciting way to spend the end of your week. Each weekend has a theme, and there are always interactive activities, food, giveaways, and prizes. Late Night aims to provide a new experience at the Student Union every weekend, so join in on the fun! •Participate in interactive activities such as bumper cars, laser tag, and obstacle courses •Personalize your own t-shirt, baseball caps, bamboo plants •Unwind with a variety of craft events like Pottery and Paint Nights •Sing karaoke, play games, get massages, compete in a variety of gameshows, and win huge prizes! •Catch weekly movies in the Student Union Theatre •Socialize with hundreds of other Huskies every weekend •Be sure to take advantage of our loyalty programs to get free gear! latenight.uconn.edu
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UConn Recreation The wide range of programs and services challenge participants to achieve personal goals, seek new experiences, have fun, and develop a sense of community with their fellow Huskies! The Student Recreation Facility contains numerous free weight, selectorized and cardio equipment pieces for your fitness use. They also provide access to Brundage Pool for aquatic programs and Guyer Gymnasium and Greer Fieldhouse for various activities like basketball, volleyball and badminton. Go to the Student Recreation Facility and discover why UConn Recreation truly is “Where the Student Body Develops.” Visit recreation.uconn.edu to find the information you need and join the over 19,000 people who participated last year! recreation.uconn.edu
Special Events UConn Recreation hosts and partners on numerous special events throughout the academic year. Some schedule highlights include: OOZeball, Canoe Battleship, Kayak Water Polo, Dive-in-Movies, Forever Huskies Homecoming 5K, Indoor Triathlon, UConn Bouldering Competition, and ZombieTHON! Check the website (recreation.uconn.edu) often for the latest on the exciting new offerings Recreation is bringing to campus this year.
UConn Outdoors The UConn Adventure Center (UAC) is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Union. The goal is to offer diverse and enjoyable instructional adventure experiences. Challenge yourself, take a break from the grind and meet some great new people! The UAC leads successful outdoor programs throughout New England, the United States and beyond. Outdoor equipment rentals, access to the UConn Climbing Center and the newest addition, the UConn Cycle Share, are offered. Join the adventure!
BodyWise BodyWise is UConn Recreation’s fitness and wellness program. Trained staff instruct an amazing variety of group exercise classes at two studio locations within the Student Recreation Facility. From PACK small group training to Zumba, Yoga to Spinning, Road Dogs Training Team to HIIT, you will find something to excite and motivate you from over 90+ hours of exercise programming.
Intramurals & Tournaments Compete with your friends and be crowned Intramural Champion! Intramurals hosts 24+ leagues and tournaments annually with traditional sports like basketball, soccer and flag football to exciting new ones like Extreme Dodgeball and Bubble Soccer. Grab your friends, make a team and be part of the great tradition of UConn Intramurals!
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Off-Campus Student Services
Off-Campus Housing Fair
Student Union, Room 315 offcampus.uconn.edu
Commuter Appreciation Weeks
OCSS serves as an advocate and resource for all students commuting to campus from near or far. Services include: lease and rental information, rights and responsibilities as a renter, parking and transportation, personal budgeting, local resources and how to be a good neighbor. UConn Off-Campus Student Services
Each year Off-Campus Student Services hosts two Off-Campus Housing Fairs. This year the fairs will be held on November 2, 2017 and March 1, 2018 from 10am - 3pm in the Student Union Ballroom. The fair is a wonderful opportunity to meet Property Managers/Landlords, check out local rentals, find roommates and win exciting prizes! Commuter Appreciation Week takes place each year during the first full week of October and April. This year, Commuter Appreciation Week will be held: October 2-6, 2017 and April 2-6, 2018. Join in the fun, food and programming during this time!
The Commuter Lounge is located on the first floor of the Student Union in Room 108. It includes a large screen television, day lockers, information racks, refrigerator, microwave, sink, and comfortable chairs for relaxing or studying. Itâ€™s a great place to study, meet other commuters and hang out with friends.
UConn, Storrs Bus Route Information: transpo.uconn.edu *apps available for iPhone and Android
Storrs, CT - Bradley Airport in Hartford, CT Storrs, CT - Union Station in Hartford, CT Storrs, CT - New London Ferry in New London, CT
This service provides a safe ride when you do not feel comfortable walking to your destination on campus. Please call 860.486.4809 to request a ride.
Accessible Van Service
To obtain service or to discuss whether you qualify for the service, please call 860.486.4991. transpo.uconn.edu UConn Transportation Services
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Student Union Theatre
Doug Bernstein Game Room
Union Central Exchange
•African American Cultural Center - Room 407 •Asian American Cultural Center - Room 428 •Puerto Rican/Latin American Cultural Center - Room 438 •Rainbow Center - Room 403 •Women’s Center - Room 421
Located on the first floor in Room 109. Check out the bowling alley, pool table, arcade games, and much more!
Food & Dining •Union Street Market •One Plate Two Plates •Chuck & Augie’s Restaurant •UConn Dairy Bar Too •Freshens •Dunkin’ Donuts •Subway •Panda Express
Whether you have time in between classes, need to catch up on studying, or want to meet up with friends, there are three large lounge areas and numerous seating areas throughout the Union. Public computers and printers are located in the first floor lounges.
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Weekly movies at the theatre! • Thursday - Saturday: Various Showtimes • All Friday night movies are free • Thursday and Saturday movies are only $2 for students Schedule: subog.uconn.edu/subog-movies
Check out the convenience store located above the Union Street Market! It is your one-stop shop for many food, snack and toiletry items.
The Veterans Oasis serves as the primary social lounge for our veteran population to unwind among people with similar experiences. The Veterans Oasis is located in Room 224, next to the convenience store.
You can hook up to the internet for free throughout the building. studentunion.uconn.edu UConn Student Union
The Department of Dining Services This award winning department plays a vital role on the UConn, Storrs campus. It serves more than 185,000 meals per week in eight dining units, as well as offering excellent food and service in seven coffee shops, Union Street Market Food Court, two restaurants, four Grab & Go’s, two ice cream shops, and two bakeries, one strictly gluten free, throughout campus.
UConn’s Web-Nutritional Analysis Dining Services offers a web-based nutritional analysis of food served in all of the dining units and retail operations. The menus reflect real-time current menus that will be served on a particular day and are available for viewing up to seven days in advance. Any changes made to the menus are updated immediately.
Access Nutrition Information: Special Dietary Needs Kosher and Halal Meals •Kosher meals are offered at the Gelfenbien Residential Dining facility (Towers). NOSH, the Kosher Kitchen located in Gelfenbien, is certified by the Kashrut Commission of Greater Hartford and all kosher dishes are prepared under the close supervision of our resident Mashgiach. NOSH is open to anyone who chooses to eat Kosher. •Halal (Muslim) menu offerings are available at Gelfenbien, Monday through Friday for anyone who chooses to eat Halal. Gluten Free *Designated a #1 gluten free friendly University in the country! •Gluten free dining options including baked goods from our own gluten free bakery, are offered in all our dining facilities, including retail. •The eight residential dining units have a designated and well stocked gluten free zone in their dining areas which includes refrigerators, freezers, separate toasters, and other gluten free dry goods. •We label all the food on the lines that contains wheat and gluten as well as other allergens. •Dietary counseling is available with our dietary team. dining.uconn.edu
UConn Dining Services
•Website: dining.uconn.edu/nutrition/ •Mobile app: my.uconn.edu/ •Mobile site: nutritionanalysis.dds.uconn.edu/mobile/
Food Trucks •Food for Though Food Truck: UConn Food Truck @uconnfoodtruck •UConn Dairy Bar Ice Cream Truck: UConn Dairy Bar Truck @UCDairybartruck
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When it’s time for a break from your studies, head downtown to Storrs Center! Located across the street from the School of Fine Arts, there are over 60 businesses located within an easy walk from campus. Full listing of all the shops, restaurants, and other amenities: mansfieldct.gov/downtownstorrs/directory
Take A Hike
The Town of Mansfield has an extensive network of parks and preserves with many miles of trails. Right in downtown, enjoy over 2 miles of hiking trails within the 135 acre Albert E. Moss Sanctuary. The trailhead is found behind UConn’s Mansfield Apartments on South Eagleville Road. At the opposite end of Storrs Center is another great hiking option, Whetten Woods. This preserve, owned by Joshua’s Trust, features a little over a mile of trails and connects Dog Lane to Farrell Fields, E. O. Smith High School’s playing fields, behind the Storrs Post Office.
Be A Part of It
The Mansfield Downtown Partnership hosts several community events each year that are free and open to the public. Check the Partnership’s Event Calendar (mansfieldct.gov/DowntownEventsCalendar) regularly for listings of events throughout the year. From weekly jazz nights to the summer concert series, puppet shows to poetry slams, art exhibits to authors’ visits, there’s always something fun to do downtown! •Celebrate Mansfield Festival Sunday, September 17 | Noon - 4:00 PM | Paterson Square Celebrate the people, businesses, and organizations that make Mansfield unique! Festivities begin when the Celebrate Mansfield Parade heads down Storrs Road/ Route 195 at noon, followed by music, food, and fun.
Storrs Farmers Market is open every Saturday from May through Thanksgiving on the front lawn of the Mansfield Town Hall (4 S. Eagleville Road, across the street from Price Chopper). Everything sold at Storrs Farmers Market is grown or produced right here in Connecticut, so the offerings change with the season. mansfieldct.org/mdp | storrscenter.com Mansfield Downtown Partnership @DowntownStorrs
•Mansfield Pup Crawl Saturday, October 14 | 9:30 AM | Paterson Square Take a guided walk through Downtown Storrs with four-legged friends! This walk will begin and end on the Mansfield Town Square. Pass through Storrs Center, stops include the Albert E. Moss Sanctuary and UConn. Walk takes place rain or shine. •Winter Welcome Saturday, December 2 |2:00 - 5:00 PM | Storrs Center Welcome in the new season with carolers, treats, and a visit from Santa Claus!
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Earning your degree is a marathon, not a sprint. You need to get yourself organized, stay on track, and regroup when necessary. In movies, college students are often portrayed as staying up all night to study, cramming for exams, eating fast food—sometimes in the middle of the night, and wasting a lot of time. That may work in movies, but that will not help you get the most out of your time at UConn. Setting self-care, social, and extra-curricular goals is sure to enhance academic progress and success. Take some time very early in the semester to consider the following topics:
•Eating: often enough, healthy food, enjoying food with friends •Hydrating: getting enough water •Sleeping: getting ready for sleep, getting enough sleep, sleeping at consistent times •Exercising: working out regularly to manage stress, working out with friends or participating in recreational sports
•Keeping in touch with family •Spending quality time with friends who are not at UConn •Spending quality time with Husky friends •Making new friends in your major •Combining eating and exercise activities with friends
FYE: First Year Experience
UConn’s FYE program consists of course offerings and services that foster student success, development, transition, and leadership. Through our course offerings, first and second year students at the University study and engage in exploration, learning, and research in small 19-seat seminar sections. FYE course offerings are taught by instructors drawn fromdepartments and colleges throughout the university system who are assisted by undergraduate peer mentors and graduate leaders, allowing our courses to become collaborative, community-based offerings for active and experiential learning. fye.uconn.edu
As a result of living on campus at UConn and participating in the Residential Life staff led and sponsored activities, students will establish independence through an exploration of their identities, values and wellness. They will become interpersonally competent by communicating effectively, navigating relationships, and developing a sense of responsibility to others and they will become intellectually fulfilled by thinking critically, constructing knowledge, and developing intercultural perspective. reslife.uconn.edu
•Working •Fully participating in a student organization •Volunteering your time for a good cause
Once you have considered these topics, set “process” goals. You probably realized that these topics can overlap. Here are some examples: •I will sleep eight hours a night during the week, and always go to bed at 11:00 pm •I will always carry my water bottle with me •I will lift at the gym four mornings each week •I will play intramural softball with friends who are in my student organization •I will participate in two community services days-one each semester •I will meet my friends for dinner each weeknight at 6 pm and we will put our phones away while we eat and catch up Good luck as you work to get organized so that you have the best chance at success!
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Working While You’re a Student
Though many students work while in school, some students, families, and educators believe that working during the academic year serves as a distraction from what should be a student’s top priority: their academics. But studies show that students who work up to 30 hours a week do just as well or even better academically than those who don’t. Part-time work allows you to: •Perfect time-management skills necessary for academic success •Reduce your need for student loans and the resulting indebtedness •Gain career-related experience as you clarify goals, acquire skills and self-confidence, and build a network of contacts For more information about jobs at UConn, work study, and the rights of student workers on campus, go to: studentjobs.uconn.edu
It is important to remember that there is such a thing as too much involvement. We want you to enjoy a healthy and productive college experience. That means taking into account all of your commitments, from academics to family, to work, and everything in between, when making decisions about getting involved at UConn.
Being a college student is like having a full-time job. Your first priority during your time at UConn should be academic achievement. At UConn, this means more than just attending class and turning in homework. It means actively engaging with the disciplines you study, thinking critically, and gaining knowledge through research and practical experience. Co-curricular involvement should never take precedence over the academic aspects of college life.
This focus on academics does not mean that you should spend all of your time studying. Productivity takes a huge dip when people are unhappy, stressed out, or bored. Joining programs that you are passionate about is a way to keep
yourself happy, not stressed out, and certainly not bored. Also, graduate schools and employers are on the lookout for people who excel academically and are involved in meaningful activities outside the classroom.
How do you take on your courses, actively participate in involvement opportunities, and still have time for yourself? The thing to remember is that each aspect of college life (classes, work, friends, clubs, etc.) is not a separate, isolated entity. Instead, these aspects link to create an integrated educational experience. For example, get to know your professors and fellow students outside of class. Create study groups. Join clubs or participate in service projects that are related to your major. Of course, not all of your activities will relate to your major. Youâ€™ll want to attend athletic events, concerts and movies, and participate in activities provided by the Department of Recreation Services. All of these activities combined will make your UConn experience a healthy, productive, and special one.
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EFFECTIVE STUDYING Best study practices for learning styles Auditory
-Record lectures and listen later -Use your own words to speak aloud the information you are studying -Use word associations to remember facts
-Reference videos and visual presentations -Use flashcards -Color code, highlight and underline when reading or taking notes
-Take detailed notes -Create bulleted lists from the information you have in your notes -Dissect charts or diagrams and write out the information
-Use flashcards -Study with others and share information -Schedule short blocks of study time
Studying tips and tricks Organize your notes
Use specific notebooks, binders or a color-coded system for each class.
Always start the day with breakfast. Healthy food is your brainâ€™s fuel.
Create a study zone
Find a place where you can concentrate and has minimal distractions. Stay away from electronics on which you can access social media.
Getting up and moving around every so often will help you stay focused and able to concentrate.
Get familiar with the syllabus
Listen for highlighted information
Review it early and often so you know what is coming up.
Pay attention to information that the professor emphasizes or repeats.
Find a study group
Studying with others can help to understand the material in different ways and from different view points. If you can teach each other the information, you have learned it!
Donâ€™t leave studying to the last minute, and avoid cramming for a test. Begin your paper well in advance and work away at it until it is due.
campusbooks.com/blog/study-habits-best-worst-types-learners/ | worldwidelearn.com/education-articles/exam-study-tips | learningguide.org/learningstyles
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body fights infections
How does sleep help?
deep sleep positively impacts fact-based memory
increases motor and visual learning memories (learning) become stable itâ€™s an essential role in memory
1 in 3 adults do not get the recommended amount of sleep
negatively impacts judgment and decision making
cdc.gov/sleep/about_sleep/sleep_hygiene.html | lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/how-get-better-nights-sleep | cdc.gov/media/releases/2016/p0215-enough-sleep.html huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/08/sleep-deprivation_n_4557142 | healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/benefits-of-sleep/learning-memory onlinecollege.org/2012/01/30/how-sleep-deprivation-impacts-your-brain-and-body/ | ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4075951/
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Many of our students donâ€™t drink, but if you do, please keep these statistics and tips in mind.
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Are you struggling but don’t want to ask for help? Are you saying: “I’m fine! It will pass! It’s no big deal! I’m not crazy. I’m sure there are others who need help more than I do. Everyone’s got problems. It’s no one’s business.”
CMHS is highly committed to helping you make your way through school without having to manage the additional burdens of mental health concerns all by yourself.
These are some of the reasons UConn students give as to why they live in quiet desperation. Many students decide that struggling is just how it goes, completely falling apart is the way to go before asking for help, not living life satisfied is acceptable, there is cultural shame for sharing personal problems, or difficulty is just my unfortunate fate.
Is the “quiet desperation” person, you? If it is, you can change this path by talking to one of CMHS’ competent mental health staff to aid your self-understanding and to help you resolve your personal concerns. Although CMHS may work with you in crisis, the primary goal is to assist you before your concerns develop into more serious problems. Come by and find that it is a friendly, helpful place and a safe, confidential, and supportive environment to do the work you need to do to be a successful student and a happy and healthy person! It is easy to get started, it is rewarding to get help, and it is fabulous to finish feeling better than you started. counseling.uconn.edu UConn Counseling & Mental Health Services -CMHS
The fact is that for everyone, the campus environment can be challenging as well as exciting. It can also be highly stressful since social and emotional concerns can interfere with feeling well personally and doing well academically. So, it is good to know that UConn has Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS).
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& ADVICE ON SPECIAL TOPICS Hear from fellow students who have overcome obstacles and grown through involvement. Find tips to help you transition into life at UConn.
Graduation Year: 2018 Major: Communication & Political Science
How I got involved: I got involved with WHUS Radio by swarming around the Student Union during the first week of classes and seeing a DJ on-air inside of the studio. I bumped into the General Manager at the time and they told me everything about the training process and how to continue my involvement. Next thing you know, I was the Communication Director my sophomore year, the Operations Manager my junior year, and now, the same position that makes this all full circle. Advice for students new to campus: My advice for new UConn students is to take a breather and see all options ready for you whether it be academics and/ or non-academics; start broad and then focus on what aligns with your true interests.
How I got involved: Once I arrived at UConn Avery Point as a freshman, I was dedicated to redefining myself and finding what I was good at. I was a part of the Husky Ambassadors program, where I could work with the University as well as surrounding town programs. The combination of giving tours of the campus and doing community outreach gave me great insight. When I came to Storrs I wanted to continue to capitalize on the opportunities outside of class. While I was new to the campus and didn’t know many people, I was able to get involved thanks to connections I had made. This year I served as the Schola2rs House Learning Community’s floor mentor, worked with kids in Hartford through Husky Sport, attended conferences, and spoke on panels. While academics are my number one priority, I won’t let it be the only thing I get out of this University. Advice for students new to campus: Take nothing for granted - especially being a college student. You may never get the opportunity to make a lasting impact like this again. If you try and fit in with ideals and values you don’t personally agree with, you will never find your path. While it is not easy to juggle school, work, and involvement, enjoy doing things you are passionate about. I encourage you to make the most of the opportunities offered here. They have given me long-term character development while giving me an everyday purpose!
How I got involved: I remember going to the Involvement Fair my freshman year and signing up for tons of clubs and receiving an overwhelming amount of emails for meetings during my first month. I ultimately found my home in Community Outreach (CO). I began as a volunteer in one of the programs during my first semester, and eventually applied to be a Trip Director in the Alternative Break program. In addition to being a student leader in CO, I became involved as a mentor in the Rainbow Center mentoring program. Both of these programs allowed me to to grow into the student, leader, and community member I am today and to meet some of my best friends. Advice for students new to campus: I would tell new students that UConn is an absolutely amazing place to be, but it is really normal to feel alone or unsure during your first semester. There are so many opportunities to meet different people in so many ways. I would encourage students to keep trying new experiences, whether it be applying for a job on campus, attending new club meetings, or participating in a service day. If students are able to, I would also recommend trying to study abroad during one semester or even the summer. This can broaden your perspective, allow you to grow while seeing amazing things, and meet people you might never have come across on campus.
Graduation Year: 2019 Major: Nutritional Sciences
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Graduation Year: 2017 Major: Political Science
How I got involved: I was so eager to start college. I imagined myself being involved in a myriad of activities, just like in high school. I went to the Involvement Fair and spent close to two hours there signing my email for practically every other club. However, joining “everything” did not go as planned, as my courses were extremely demanding and in early October I learned that one of my friends had passed away. These two things were overwhelming and I often felt helpless wandering in my own loneliness. At this point I was thinking of transferring if things didn’t get better. (Luckily they did.) That winter, I went on my first Alternative Break. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had and I truly made fifty-one new friends on the trip! Then in March, I went on another one and made another eighteen friends. I also became more involved in the Undergraduate Student Government and a bunch of other organizations. During my second semester, I began to familiarize myself with UConn and make it my home. My Leadership Learning Community truly helped me become involved with many of the activities at UConn, as I received advice from wiser individuals. Advice for students new to campus: So, things may not go as planned but it doesn’t mean that it won’t get better. As much as you think you are alone on campus, you are 110% NOT. If you get lonely, realize that it’s a common thing that everyone feels being away from home, but the best way to tackle it is to do something about it. I would definitely say to get involved in something so you don’t spend your time in your room. Go out and meet new people because this is the best time to. Soon you’ll find yourself studying and eating with new friends and you won’t feel so lonely anymore. Lastly, use the resources around you and ask questions. People want to help you but you have to be willing. College is something extremely new and different but don’t be afraid, you’ve got this!
How I got involved: I first lived in the Leadership Learning Community my freshman year. Despite this, I struggled my first year since I did not fully take advantage of the many opportunities offered on campus. I did not recognize at first that involvement not only helped socially, but could boost your academic success, as well. I grappled with the transition into college, and fell into some trouble at the University. But, when I decided to join the Men’s Rugby Team my second semester, I was able to learn to be disciplined in handling the various time commitments there are in college, while also being welcomed by a group of people I now consider to be my closest friends. I went home that summer thinking of ways to get more involved on campus. Sophomore year I hit the ground running. I founded two cultural organizations with my friends, began working with Community Standards, and explored various career-based clubs, including a co-ed business fraternity (Pi Sigma Epsilon), and the Connecticut Investors Association. Now, I am the President of the Rugby Team and Turkish Student Association. Advice for students new to campus: You can always find time in the day to do something, but you have to prioritize and take chances. Someone saying, “I don’t have time” means, “it is not a priority.” You have to come into college prioritizing your goals and ambitions, and by doing that, you will find time to do all of the things you want to do, like get good grades, make new friends, etc. Make sure you give people and new experiences a chance at UConn. There is always a new friend to be made or something to learn about. I discovered what I want to do with my career by joining new clubs, I’ve found my best friends and most importantly, I have found out who I am, and who I am not through involvement at UConn.
How I got involved: Before accepting my admissions offer to UConn, I feared taking a chance on the University. It was uncertain I would be accepted into the Education Program, or that I would adapt at such a large university having graduated from a small school. Once I accepted, I began browsing UConn’s organizations in search of opportunities to get involved - that’s where I came across Jumpstart. You might say I “jumped” right into a program I knew little about, but I submitted an application and took a chance on an opportunity that would change my life. Over the next three years, Jumpstart and Community Outreach, would become my ‘Home.’ This year someone asked me, “Are you Jenna from Jumpstart?” That question stuck with me, and I felt prideful to represent the program. I recognized that I had grown on my journey from Corp Member, to Team Leader, to this year’s Volunteer Coordinator; becoming a student leader and advocate. I learned that lifelong friends are not just made in high school; that it’s possible to meet some of your best friends in college. I connected with the communities we serve, and was touched by the children I worked with. I found a place I felt welcomed and safe to take risks. Jumpstart was how I found myself in college, and I knew I was exactly where I was supposed to be. Advice for students new to campus: There are several ‘uncertainties’ when it comes to transitioning to college. But, I encourage you to take risks and seek out opportunities as early as possible. Some things may land at your feet, while others may take some searching for. Take time to not only learn about the UConn community, but the communities around the University. Lose yourself in service.
Graduation Year: 2020 Major: Biomedical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2019 Major: Economics & Psychological Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018 Major: Elementary Education
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OTIS L. RACKLEY II
How I got involved: Before coming to Storrs, I spent my first two years at UConn Hartford. UConn Hartford was helpful to me in finding my place and starting my development as a student leader and young professional. In transitioning to Storrs though, I found myself overwhelmed with the expanse of opportunity, the breadth of student involvements, and the insatiable desire to experience some of everything. I quickly found myself spread razor thin. I got involved as an executive in three separate organizations, became a general member in 5+ organizations, joined the Honors Program, became an RA, and joined a fraternity. While I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunities and privileges I’ve had, for me, the most valuable experiences have come from the opportunities I have gotten to blaze my own path. The experiences that have been most impactful for me have been the ones in which my involvements have been a vehicle for me to pursue and accomplish my passions. As an RA, coordinating my own programs; in the Undergraduate Student Government Senate, developing my own projects or finding new solutions; and most recently in identifying a new problem and starting my own club. Advice for students new to campus: This leads me to my greatest piece of advice for you on your journey: always remember that your involvements are tools to enrich your experience, diversify your skillset, streamline your process, and mainly, to help you grow. Be vigilant in assessing when your involvements are pushing you forward or holding you back. Time is short and four years can fly by. Dedicate yourself to the things that maximize your potential, push you, and do the most good for the people around you.
How I got involved: When I came to UConn, I was overwhelmed by the sudden feeling of being a very small fish in a very large pond. I went from being a top-of-the-class high school student, to a painfully average college student. The transition from “big fish” to “little fish” hit me much harder than I was expecting. However, things started to turn around for me when I did the thing everyone tells you to do at college: I got involved. My freshman year I got involved with Community Outreach, and found my “home away from home”. This community of dedicated students and staff welcomed me with open arms, and has provided me with job-related experience in my field, leadership opportunities, and priceless connections within the communities surrounding UConn. By stepping outside of my comfort zone and challenging myself, I was able to find my place on this campus. Advice for students new to campus: Feeling overwhelmed at first is normal, and it gets better. Take advantage of resources, open your mind to new experiences, and always go after new opportunities as they come to you. But in doing so, always keep in mind that self-care is important! It is great to challenge yourself, but it is also easy to get lost in whatever you get involved in. Practice self-care in order to put your best self forward when trying new things!
How I got involved: I began to get involved my first year to stay active on campus and branch out. I was involved with at least four different organizations my freshmen year, and it all began with the Involvement Fair that was held on Fairfield Way. Walking up and down the fair looking at each booth to find what piqued my interest was quite intimidating as a freshman. The one club that I searched for to allow me to feel more at home was Mock Trial. It has been a passion of mine since the beginning of high school and was a club that I wanted to remain a part of through college. Two organizations that I have invested many hours in and love deeply are, Community Outreach and Husky Outreach for Leadership Development Understanding and Pride (HOLDUP). My beginnings with these two organizations were due to others encouraging me to get involved, and I couldn’t be happier that I listened. Both Community Outreach and HOLDUP have become like families on such a large campus for me. They have allowed me to grow and further educate myself outside of the classroom, while making an impact in the local and national community. Advice for students new to campus: I highly recommend finding your place. Sometimes that means checking out a bunch of things to see what you like and what makes you feel at home. I believe that staying active and meeting people will help you improve overall as well as in class, since you have to remain organized and stay on a schedule. Meeting new like-minded people will also open doors for you and allow for greater growth and opportunities that may not have been otherwise offered. Being an out-of-state student was a difficult transition, but by getting involved I overcame my fear of not fitting in or missing friends and family back at home. I chose to make campus my home and utilized the organizations within reach as my tools to lay a foundation for my collegiate career.
Graduation Year: 2018 Major: Urban Studies & Economics
Graduation Year: 2019 Major: Human Development & Family Studies
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Graduation Year: 2018 Major: Economics Minors: Bus. Admin. & Math
Graduation Year: 2019 Major: Environmental Studies & Human Rights
How I got involved: I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire where I started to feel disconnected from the community as I got older. Coming to UConn as an out of state student, I was most excited about a new start and meeting a large community of people. I began my freshman year living in the Human Rights and Action Learning Community. This proved to be a great decision because it introduced me to Community Outreach, which has become my home for the past two years. My opportunities as a participant in different programs such as Alternative Breaks and weekly volunteering, as well as continued leadership experience have transformed my time at UConn and given me a sense of community that I no longer had in my home town. These experiences then gave me the confidence to apply for other leadership opportunities. I now am involved with UConn Empower, Four Arrows, and the Human Rights Institute Fellowship program. Throughout my continued involvement, there were so many moments where I questioned if I was qualified for these positions because I began my leadership at a younger age and working with older students was quite intimidating. However, thanks to the confidence given to me through the friends I’ve made, the experiences I’ve had, and the community I’ve become connected with, I’ve grown as a person and a leader. Advice for students new to campus: At the risk of sounding cliché, don’t have regrets. To quote a phenomenal woman, Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Apply for that job or leadership position you don’t think you’re qualified for - it may create friendships and opportunities you never could have dreamed of. I certainly wouldn’t be the same person I am today if I hadn’t followed that advice. UConn is full of incredible people and opportunities but you must be the one to step up and take advantage of them.
ARE YOU NERVOUS ABOUT GOING ALONE? Few things make people more nervous than the thought of being alone in public for a meal or an event. Be assertive with your friends. Say, “Hey, I want to go to this movie, anyone want to go?” or, “Is anyone going to dinner soon?” Most people are drawn to confident people, so if you are asking these questions in a bold way, people will come with you. You can also take the honest approach, and do it in an assertive way: “I have to go to this program for class and I don’t want to go alone. Anyone want to go? I’ll go with you when you have to go to something.” If you do have to go to something alone, go with confidence! Walk strong. Bring a book to read or a notebook to write in… pretend to be doing observation for a class. And after a few times doing this, you will find that you are actually stronger and braver than you think!
ARE YOU SHY? It’s natural for some people to get nervous about jumping into the social scene. Don’t try to overcome shyness all at once… do it gradually. A good way to start is to do one thing that is “braver” than you usually do in your typical activities. Make eye contact with someone, smile, and say “hi.” Ask a question in class. As you get used to these activities, create new ones. It’s also a good idea to get involved in activities that have structure and help you to talk to others, guided by leaders helping the conversations along. You will meet others who are involved and have a chance to have conversations when you are training or meeting, going to projects and talking about common experiences. It’s okay to be a quiet and reserved person. But we don’t want you in your room on your computer all the time--we want you with us at programs and taking part in clubs and organizations!
ARE YOU WONDERING HOW TO START A CONVERSATION?
For some people, talking to others seems easy and natural. To others, it can cause stress and nervousness. If you get nervous thinking about starting a conversation, you need a strategy. First of all, being a good conversationalist means being relaxed, being a good listener and being a good observer… take note of what the people around you talk about and what interests them. Most people like to talk about themselves, so that is a good place to start. Simple, friendly, open-ended questions are a key to keeping things moving. Have a few opening questions that can be readily adapted. For example, “How was your weekend?” can be adapted to, “How was the concert…” or “your test?” Or try talking about recent sports, political or social events. If you don’t make a connection and the conversation dies, don’t worry. It is important to try, and sooner or later you will click with someone and conversation will get easier. Just remember to be patient with yourself. Slow and steady progress is still progress!
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ARE YOU A TRANSFER STUDENT?
ARE YOU A FIRST GENERATION STUDENT? Are you the first in your family to go to college? While your family is surely proud that you’re leading the way, it is also hard to be ‘first.’ You probably have lots of questions, and may feel that there isn’t anyone to help you figure things out. There is no need to feel alone! There are lots of staff on campus who want to help all students-and many of them were first generation students, too! All you need to do is ask. A good place to start is the Dean of Students Office (DOS). They can connect you to resources all over campus. Stop by the DOS in Wilbur Cross or give them a call.
ARE YOU A COMMUTER STUDENT? It can be hard to have time in between classes and not be able to hang out in your room because you would have to drive back home to get to it! You need to find a “home base” when you are on campus. A good place to start is in the commuter lounge in the Student Union. There are lockers, tables and a TV. There are lots of other nooks and crannies on campus in which you can study, have a bite to eat, relax or socialize in between classes. It’s also a good time to visit professors. Consider putting in a few hours at a part-time job on campus… or a few hours a week at one of our 50 volunteer sites. Whatever you do, don’t hang out in your car in between classes! Off-Campus Student Services, Student Union Room 315 (offcampus.uconn.edu), is a great resource for everything from how to get involved as a commuter to landlord issues.
ARE YOU A RETURNING ADULT STUDENT? Most students come to UConn right after high school. If you choose to return later in life, you might feel invisible. You don’t have to! Think about taking your friends and family members to the art, music, theater, or athletic events. Not only will you have fun, but you can connect your new college life with your established life! When it comes to student organizations, be assertive about your needs so that you can stay involved and make a difference. Many of our groups meet late at night when you might not be around. If you have to miss meetings, ask to meet with the president for coffee to catch up on what you missed. Perhaps you can chair a committee of people who can meet at a different time.
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It’s not easy being an experienced college student, but also feeling like a first year student on campus. Depending on where you transferred from, Storrs can feel small and cozy or large and overwhelming. One way to get off to a good start is to take an FYE class designed just for transfer students. It will be comforting to be with people who are experiencing the same things you are. Beyond that, just jump in to campus life! Start a study group with people in your major, join a student organization, and get to some athletic events. You’ll be an experienced Husky in no time.
DID YOU COME FROM A REGIONAL CAMPUS? Welcome to the Storrs campus, Huskies! It can be hard to feel like you are a new Husky when really you have been a Husky for at least a couple of years! So, now that you are here with us, you can continue participating in the things that you were involved with at your regional campus or start fresh and try out new things. Check out our student organization database at uconntact.uconn.edu. Jump right in so you don’t miss anything!
DO YOU NEED TO WORK TO SUPPORT YOURSELF IN COLLEGE? It can be hard to get involved when you have to support yourself. But working is a type of involvement. Working can help you gain valuable teamwork and time management skills, and it shows folks that you mean business about your education. Some jobs on campus have opportunities for students to “move up” and take on leadership roles. You should also enjoy life as a Husky by going to sporting and cultural events, and perhaps you can even find time to join a student organization. But don’t ever think that working means you aren’t getting as much as you can out of your education.
ARE YOU AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT?
You are probably going through some culture shock! But there are many other students who are going through the same things as you are and you just need to find them! Stop by the International Center, McMahon Hall - Main Floor. They have information about the services and requirements for international students. It is a great place to meet other students and find out where to go and how to get to places. They have international coffee hours, game nights, and bus trips. Check out the student organization data base on the Student Activities, UConntact website uconntact.uconn.edu; there are over 35 student organizations representing a wide variety of countries, cultures, and religions. Your education here will not stop outside of the classroom… the whole campus is waiting!
ARE YOU A STUDENT WHO STRUGGLES WITH ALCOHOL OR DRUGS? ARE YOU A VETERAN? It can be a huge transition from the formality of military life to spontaneous and laid back college life. There are other students who are experiencing what you are. Meet like- minded individuals in our Veterans Student Organization. For more information about Veterans Resources visit veterans.uconn.edu.
If you are looking for help for drug or alcohol use, you will be able to find the support that you need. Wellness & Prevention Services (wellness.uconn.edu) can provide support and offer a variety of supportive resources, such as alcohol and other drug clinical services at Counseling and Mental Health (counseling.uconn.edu). There are also AA and NA meetings right on campus. Check the Wellness and Prevention website for the most updated schedule (aod.uconn.edu.) And don’t forget that there are dozens of events every day that are alcohol and drug free.
ARE YOU A FORMER HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE? It can be a huge transition from being a high school athlete to becoming a college student. Unless you are a college varsity athlete, you are probably thinking that you will have to let go of your love of the game. But you don’t! We have 39 Club Sports, and these teams compete with other college teams. We also have dozens of recreational teams that compete with other UConn teams on campus. Check out clubsports.uconn.edu or recreation.uconn.edu.
ARE YOU A LGBTQQIAA STUDENT? Lesbian. Gay. Bisexual. Transgender. Queer. Questioning. Intersex. Asexual. Ally. It can be difficult coming to a new school, especially when you are part of the LGBT+ community, but the Rainbow Center at UConn is supportive of all Huskies! There are several ways for LGBTQQIAA students to get involved and find support on campus. One of your first stops on campus should be the Rainbow Center (4th floor, Student Union), where there are regularly scheduled social, educational, and advocacy programs. For more information on additional campus involvement opportunities, check out the student organization data base at uconntact.uconn.edu.
ARE YOU A STUDENT IN RECOVERY? It’s true that some students think that college is one big party, and this makes it harder for students who are choosing to abstain from drugs and alcohol, but still want to have a good time and meet new people. Your first stop should be the Wellness and Prevention Services in Wilson Hall (South Residence Halls area). They can let you know about the programs and services for students who are in recovery, specifically the UConn Recovery Community (URC) urc.uconn.edu. The URC is a community of students in recovery from alcohol and other drugs, who support each other and engage in fun activities together. There are many students involved with the Wellness and Prevention Services, so you will be sure to meet lots of great people.
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