Treasure hunt, Study Strategy, Hotspots
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"Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource"
~John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
Thirty-fifth President
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<<First Name>>, Happy Monday!

It's another wonderful day at UCM!

By now I'm sure you're elbows deep in class lectures and homework and studies and maybe even a midterm or two. That sure picked up fast, didn't it? And it's only the 4th week of school. If you're feeling overwhelmed, be sure to speak up, your mentor is prepared to help you get through this transition? Ask your mentor about ways of managing your work load to reduce stress. Let them know how you're doing. Check in with them. You'd be surprised what insight your mentor can give you. Above all, make sure you take care of yourself. 

We continue to work diligently to make sure every Mentee has a mentor. If you have not done so, be sure to fill out the Mentor Preference form that was in your acceptance email when you joined the program. Mentors are on a first come, first serve basis so act fast! If you have filled out the form, you will be contacted by your mentor shortly to set up your first meeting. 


CATSPOTS Treasure Hunt

NEW Deadline: Friday Sept. 19th 12:30 PM
Participate for a chance to win a treasure chest filled with gift certificates and prizes from local businesses worth over $250! This is all you have to do:

1. Match the photos on our Facebook events page with each CATSPOT business
2. Take a SELFIE with the object in the picture
3. Post your selfie on your personal Instagram or Twitter and hashtag #CATSPOTtreasurehunt and the business name

Each picture is one drawing to win the grand prize!
All details can be found here!

Study Strategy of the Week

Hello Mentees! As your mentors we are here to support you through this entire year. So every now and then we will post a few study strategies, tips or reminders to keep up with your work. This week's strategy is to start early. By starting ahead of time you can be prepared for class and feel more confident in the material. A few ways you can start early is:
  • Read the syllabus  
    The syllabus contains a lot of information relevant to the course including when exams, assignments, and homework are due. It also contains contact information of your professor and TA's. Additionally, they also contain grading policies of each professor and required materials.
  • Read assigned chapters before lecture
    By reading the chapter before class you can have a better insight into what the lecture will be about and can get questions answered. Many times, professors will be fast paced so reading ahead will ensure you stay on track.
Feel free to follow these strategies and come up with new strategies!

Merced Hotspot

Feeling bored? Need a break from school? We've got your back! Each week we will highlight one amazing place in Merced to finally answer that age ol' question, "What's there to do in Merced?" Well, the answer is PLENTY! This week's Hotspot...
Thai Cuisine II
779 E Yosemite Ave
Merced, CA 95340

(209) 726-0334

If you love Thai food and you're near Yosemite Avenue, Thai Cuisine II restaurant is a perfect place for your next food adventure. Some of their popular dishes include Pad Thai, Pineapple Fried Rice, Pad Se Iw, Yom Neua, and Sticky Rice. Many UC Merced students have mentioned Thai Cuisine II as their favorite go-to place for food. The staff is super nice and friendly. Pricing and proportions are reasonable. 

Approved Events

Remember folks! As participants of the Success Mentor Program, you are required to attend 3 workshops. As always, we will provide you with a list of all approved events you can attend to fulfill this requirement. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your mentor!
SMP Events
Getting Involved in School Organizations
Friday September 19th 4:00-5:00 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL169)
Do you want to be more involved on campus and be part of an organization or learn from professionals that have similar interest that you do? The Success Mentor Program workshop will give you the first steps and opportunities for you to find your interests. Come and learn why and how getting involved will foster your success in the UC Merced community and beyond!
Un-Modern Family Feud
Monday September 22nd 1:30-3:00
Crescent Arch Room (Half Dome 180)
Bonding through family dinners and movies? Overrated. The closest families are the ones that feud! Come and connect to your Success Mentor Family at our first family competition! Join us for an afternoon of family-fun filled with music, games, and free food! Go for the gold and show us which family can talk the talk and walk the walk. 
A College Guide to Overcoming Homesickness
Monday September 22nd 11:00-12:00 PM
Tuesday September 23rd 11:00-12:00 PM
Location TBA
Are you constantly on Facebook looking at pictures of friends and family from home? Do you wish that Merced had more green grass and trees to daydream under? Then you may be experiencing HOMESICKNESS. Well! Luckily for you, we have a workshop that can help you adjust to your new environment while simultaneously holding onto you old one! Come by the Success Mentor Program workshop to start making your new home, this home!
Non-SMP Events
B.L.S. Consciousness of Self Part 1
Wednesday September 17th 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)

B.L.S. Collaboration Part 2
Tuesday September 23rd 6:00 -7:00 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)

Resume Workshop
Wednesday September 24th 10:00-11:00 AM 
&12:30-1:30 PM
SSB 250

How to Succeed in Intro Classes
Thursday September 25th 1:00-1:50 PM
Alpine Room (Tenaya 170)
P.A.W.S. Physical Wellness
Thursday September 25th 1:30-2:30 PM
Bobcat Lair (KL 169)

Gleek Out, Speak Out
Monday September 29th 9:30- 10:30 AM
SSB 170

What's your media feeding you?
Friday September 30th 12:30-1:30 PM
KL 209

What Hiring Managers Wish You Knew
Wednesday October 8th 10:00-11:00 AM
SSB 250
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University of California, Merced
5200 N. Lake Rd.
Merced, CA 95343

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