The FroshMemo 2020

The FroshMemo is designed specifically for new Gators to receive news, important university deadline reminders, involvement opportunities, and tips for having an amazing and successful first year at San Francisco State. 


FroshMemo | Fall 2020 | Issue 15.0-2020

Greetings Gators!


Finals season is coming up! Keeping checking back weekly as our memo continues to provide new updates, events, and helpful resources! Make sure to fill out our Ask Alli Google form for any questions you want to be featured, we love hearing from you and we love feedback! Good luck on your midterms, and keep up the hard work! 


Enjoy the 15th edition of The FroshMemo


This Week’s Memo:



Make Sure You Go See Your Academic Advisor!

Even if you know what classes to take for next semester, it doesn’t hurt to double-check!

The SF State Advising Hub is your one-stop-shop for your advising needs.  If you are looking for a resource center, information about academic probation, or advice for your classes, you are in the right place! The information provided here is not to replace a professional advisor.  For a successful path to graduation at SF State, we highly recommend that you connect with major and GE advisors often — if you are pursuing a minor, you will also have a minor advisor. 


Tutoring Services and Academic Support

Extra Support with Finals Week coming up!

At SF State, it offers students multiple forms of support in their courses through tutoring, academic support programs, and individual conferences with instructors. Alongside this, there are no additional fees for SF State students for most tutoring options. One program offered is the Learning Assistance Center, which provides tutoring for undergraduate SF State students in reading, writing, math, sciences, and more, if you are interested you can register and make appointments here Another program offered is the Campus Academic Resource Program (CARP). This is a free evening tutorial service dedicated to providing academic support for all SF State undergraduate students. For more information about CARP, you can visit their website here Finally, SF State offers both Department-Based Tutoring and Course-Based Tutoring. Some departments with academic support range from Accounting, Chemistry, Classics, Economics and more. If you need more information, it can be found here


Important Dates and Deadlines:

We highly recommend students bookmark or calendar these dates on their phones or computer calendars. 

Tuesday, September 15 – Monday, November 16, 2020

Withdrawal from Classes or University for Serious and Compelling Reasons


Monday, November 9

Class Schedule Live 

Friday, December 18

Credit/No Credit Option Deadline


Featured Events:

Learn to Knit |Monday, November 23 & Tuesday, November 24 |4:00 - 5:00 PM

First-Year; Transfer; Student Life; Community & Connection

Learn to Knit with SFSU Alumni Beverly Lynn - who has taught needle crafting for at least 35 years. She uses a creative process so that others can experience fun, play, and build a skill. This is a public event sponsored by Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Services - ASPIRE & First Year Experience! 


 Sharing Thanksgiving Traditions with the Deans |Tuesday, November 24 |12:00 - 1:00 PM

First-Year; Transfer; Student Life; Community & Connection

Gather with the Dean of Students Office and Friends to share traditions around Thanksgiving, or find new ones. Bring recipes, decorations, and stories to connect with others during this time of thankfulness. RSVP now. 




 Wellness at Home: Spiritual |Thursday, December 3 |1:00 - 2:00 PM

First-Year; Transfer; Student Life; Community & Connection

During the current climate of this "stay at home" era, wellness at home is a huge aspect of our day to day life. Join campus rec in a live presentation of how to be well at home spiritually!




ASPIRE Film Fest| Friday, December 4 |4-5 PM

First-Year; Transfer; Student Life; Community & Connection

Documentation is a vital tool in being able to tell our hxstories. This Film Festival aims to highlight the realities of SF State students during 2020 in order to immortalize our experiences. This event is made to center our narratives and experiences during this difficult time. After the live stream, there will be a panel with the creators to continue to build community, networking, and critical thinking. 




 Game Night: Sip N' Art | Friday, December 4 |7:30 - 9:00 PM

First-Year; Transfer; Student Life; Community & Connection

Staying in on a Friday Night? We are too! Join Campus Rec in our LAST game night of the semester! Get the opportunity to connect with staff and students. Attend at least THREE Game Nights during the Fall Semester to be entered to win an Amazon Gift Card.




Spotlight Gator

Joseph Orozco (he/him/his)

Class Standing: Junior/ Transfer Student  

From: Santa Maria, California 

Major: Communication Studies


“I chose San Francisco State because I wanted a different experience. I’ve lived in a small town my whole life and I wanted to broaden my horizon and my idea of what the world looks like. I had been to San Francisco twice as a baby, but when I visited after getting accepted in January, I immediately knew it was going to be my home. Shortly after, I accepted SFSU. I’m proud to call San Francisco my home.

One of the struggles I’ve gone through this semester is not being able to lean on other students. The online atmosphere is really tough to navigate, and I’ve found it challenging to put myself out there on a virtual platform. Normally as students, we can lean on each other for help and motivation to continue, but without really knowing anybody, being in school becomes hard. To combat it, I try to put myself out there more.”

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This week’s question: Where can I see what classes are available for Spring 2021?  


As we further approach the end of the fall semester, it’s important to begin planning your spring classes. Knowing where to start looking can be difficult though, so we’re here to help!

There are two main locations you can go to look for classes. The class schedule, located on the SFSU website, will allow you to search, filter, and see which classes are available. You can do this by using the filter system to narrow the results to classes that fit a specific requirement, are part of a specific department, or that still have seats available. The second place is located in your student center, where you would enroll in classes. Similarly, the “enroll” section of your student center will allow you to filter through your classes to see which you should take. Both search engines will give you your class number, which is the code you will need to add a class to your cart to register for it.


We hope this helps, and good luck gators!


Need Support?


First-Year Experience Peer Mentors

Fellow students are here to connect you to the campus community & provide one-on-one support!

The First-Year Experience Peer Mentor program is support available to all first-year students at SFSU! Attend the events & study circles that peer mentors hold every week to meet other first-year students & integrate into the community at SFSU. You can also get individualized support by meeting with a peer mentor


New Student Help Desk 

Help when you need it most! Visit with New Student Programs and the Gator Mentors! 

The New Student Help Desk is open five days a week, Monday - Friday from 10AM-12PM & 1-2PM every week! A GatorMentor is always there to answer any pressing questions you may have. The Help Desk is available for reservations Monday through Friday, from 9AM to 4PM. If you would like to make a reservation, please email your assigned Gator Mentor directly, and they will assist you in setting up a reservation. Don't have a Gator Mentor? Email us at