Dear Honors: Decoding MyUI (and all of its many functions)

If you love online repositories, university websites, electronic audits, data analysis, and progress tracking, raise your hand. *Crickets.* While I’m sure some of you are jumping for joy (we know our Assessment Director, Emily, definitely is), these subjects may seem daunting and overwhelming for many people. So, yet again, Marina is here to help.

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MyUI Degree Audits and the Honors Website

Hi friends! I hope this finds you well. The kind of well where you’re curled up with a good book and your favorite kind of tea in a room that’s lit just right for that perfect Insta shot…ya know, that kind of well. And now you’re probably sitting there like “Was that a joke, Marina? Are you trying to be funny?” because if you’re like me, you’re curled up (not in the cozy way) with textbooks, consuming caffeine in order to stay awake alive, and the only light you wish you could see is the light at the end of the tunnel, AKA summer. Yay college. Well friends, please know that during this wonderful midterm season the Honors Program and I are here for you in whatever capacity you need, not limited to but including advice, M&Ms (fourth floor front desk, in case you’re wondering), and pictures of animals (aka #petsofhonors). We’ve got you, don’t worry. And this week, given the quickly approaching early registration date (p.s. where did March go?) we are talking all things pertinent to, well, everything.

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First on the docket is MyUI. I’m sure you’re sitting there like, “Marina I already know what MyUI is, tell me something I don’t know already,” and to that I say, sit down, stay put, and wait to have your mind blown. You’re probably familiar with MyUI as the place where you can register for and view courses. And yes, MyUI is definitely good for that, but it is also good for so many other things! For instance, did you know that you can vote for student government on MyUI? Or, you can access all things billing and financial-ish on MyUI? Did you know that there’s this fancy thing called Lynda.com and she will teach you about all the things like how to use Photoshop or Excel? No? Then let’s take a closer look.

When you go to MyUI, there are three sections, 1) student learning, 2) student information, and 3) student involvement and support. Student learning is home to things like your course registration, a link to ICON and the library websites, and information about cool things like where you can print, study, and access academic and online support. Rad, right? Student information is, well, just as it sounds. It’s home to all of the important information that you might ever need in your entire life. For example, you can find your degree audit (which we will come back to because this is super important), courses, scholarships, and your grade report in this handy-dandy section. It’s also where you can add your preferred pronouns, name pronunciation, and of course, your favorite part, accessing your UBill (gross).

Guess what; there’s more! Go spend some time clicking around, but make sure you come back and read the rest of this–there’s a lot more useful information I want to share with you. The last section is student involvement and support, and I think this is probably the most underused, underappreciated section of MyUI (probably because you have to scroll all the way down to see it… poor section). Scroll down and show support some love because it is home to everything you can think of besides the academic stuff like student health, voter registration, career services, and more. So scroll, please.

Next, let’s spend some time talking about good ol’ degree audits. Now, let me tell you that your degree audit is a wonderful, fancy thing that basically keeps track of your entire life here at Iowa, as far as academics go. It will have a succinct record of the courses and requirements that you must fulfill in order to earn whatever degree you are working towards. Until you have completed a course or requirement, there will be a “-” next to things, and that helps you visualize what you still need to complete. Once you have completed said course or requirement a lovely little “+” will appear and you can sign a celebratory tune! Congrats on checking something off the list and getting closer to graduating! In addition, your degree audit will have a record of any transfer credit and your various GPAs since there’s a bunch of different kinds. Basically, your degree audit is a living document that keeps track of all the things so that you don’t have to. Amazing.

Something you may not realize is that you have a degree audit that specifically keeps track of your University Honors progress. You access this audit in the same way that you would your primary (or major) audit.

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This handy-dandy document counts down how many credits you still need at the bottom of each section, which, as our lovely Assessment Director has pointed out, is especially useful when it comes to Experiential Learning.

The last thing that I want to tell you about is the Honors at Iowa website. Need a contract course form? Go to the website. Need to know who your Honors Major Advisor is (or that you have one)? Go to the website. Need to learn how to make an appointment with your Honors Peer Advisor? Go to the website. Need to show mom and dad how cool the Honors Program is and all the fun things you can do? Go to the website. I know this may come as a shock to some, but that website carries all the secrets of the Honors universe (shhhh) and we are constantly updating it to make it better for you. If you ever have an Honors question, you can probably find the answer there, or you can ask me!

Well, that’s all for now. Hopefully you’re excited about the fancy tools and resources that you have at your fingertips. And if not, hopefully you got a short break reading this and can now happily return to the doom of midterm season. Wishing you all the puppy kisses in the universe, and that there are free pastries somewhere in your near future.

Your friend and peer advisor,
Marina

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By: Marina Gibbs

Majors: Human Physiology & Chemistry

Hometown: Chandler, AZ

Edited By: Katie Kiesewetter, Blog Manager

Do you have a question about the honors program that you want answered? We want to hear from you! Email your questions to honors-outreach@uiowa.edu with “Dear Honors” in the subject line. Questions can remain anonymous if you’d like.

 

 

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