‘Twas the night before move-in day and all through the states, every student was stirring with anticipation, as they had to wait!
‘Twas the night before move-in day and all through the states, every student was stirring with anticipation, as they had to wait!
No relationship is perfect, especially when it comes to roommates. For many of us, living with friends or acquaintances is a new experience, and sometimes a frustrating one! But fear not, there are plenty of tips, techniques, and resources that you can apply to turn your dorm, house, or apartment into a home.
So what will I start off with? The weather? The school? The spirit? The college town? The people? As an international student, everything was so new to my college experience. Ever since middle school, my parents had planted the seed in my head of studying abroad. I wanted a new experience. I was frightened and excited at the same time. I was scared I would not meet people at orientation, would not make friends in class, or would be paired with a weird roommate (or maybe I would be the weird roommate haha!)
I’m sure you can feel the excitement and nerves as you prepare to leave for college. As if dealing with the emotions of leaving home and setting off on your own aren’t enough, you also need to be sure you pack everything you need for life in the res hall.
Now, I won’t bore you with the painfully obvious items like hygienic supplies and school supplies because we all (well, most of us) want to smell good and be able to take notes. Rather, I am going to share with you a few essentials that will make survival in the dorm that much easier.
A popular activity amongst the locals and students of the Ann Arbor area is taking a float, paddle, or SUP down the Huron River. If the coming warmer days of the summer season leads you to the liveries, use the following information to get the most out of your trip (or consecutive trips, because once is just not enough).
Ann Arbor has two liveries, Argo and Gallup, which are open daily for river trips and boat rentals without prior reservations.
Dating back to its inception in 1960, the Ann Arbor Art Fair has upheld its mission to increase the public’s awareness and appreciation for the fine arts and crafts by creating a space that fosters the connection of the artists within the Ann Arbor community and around the world, as well as the general public.
“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir
Do you feel trapped in an urban jungle? Need to reconnect with nature? Well, you’re in luck! No need to head to the Appalachians—Washtenaw County offers a variety of quality hiking and recreation trails.
To my Freshman Self,
In the blink of eye, four years have come and gone, and you are now a graduating senior at the University of Michigan. Four years ago, it felt like you had all the time in the world to figure everything out. Those years have passed, and here you are, ready to face the real world as a grown up. You took every opportunity that college had to offer and conquered them. But along the way, you started to lose yourself in the chaos and stress of it all. Here are some things that I wish you had known and understood from day one.
As a graduating senior, I have spent this entire semester trying to do all the things I wish I had accomplished in my past four years here. When I arrived on campus as a freshman I was like “woah, four years seems like forever!” but now four years later, let me tell you it actually flew by. I have met some amazing people, ate at a lot of amazing restaurants and accomplished most of what I would dub “My University of Michigan Bucket List.” Here is a list of some of the things I have done and some stuff I haven’t but really really wish I had:
Midterms and finals at Michigan are one of the most hectic times of the year. While many of us are overachievers, we may feel stressed out and overwhelmed. To help you put the week(s) in perspective, here are our a-maize-ing tips to keep stress levels low and hopefully help you succeed!
The end of the school year is fast approaching, and, if you're living in a residence hall, it’s time to start thinking about move-out. While it might not be as stressful as moving in, there are a lot of different policies and processes to be aware of. In order to help you prepare, we’ve gathered the most common concerns here.
When and how to move out
March is Women’s History Month and is meant to honor women and their past and present contributions to the world. The celebration first began in 1981 when Congress proclaimed the week of March 7th to be Women’s History Week. Petitioning by the National Women’s History Project in 1987 encouraged Congress to designate the entire month of March each year to officially become Women’s History Month. This year’s theme as declared by the National Women’s History Project is “Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business." If you want to learn more, check out the video and photo archives on the Women’s History Month website.
I remember getting an email from the Admissions Office with that subject line back in December of my Senior year (of high school, that is). I remember feeling ecstatic—in a kind of elated trance from the promising future that awaited me. I remember thinking that that future would involve me partaking in some kind of biological research: I could clearly picture myself pipetting some kind of cloudy liquid onto an agar plate.
Although it may not quite feel like spring yet, it’s bound to be just around the corner! The snow has finally melted for the most part, so that’s a good start, right? And warmer weather means more fun things to do around campus! Not sure how to take advantage of it? Here’s a list of activities to enjoy outdoors!
Run around campus!
As everyone is finalizing their summer plans, whether that is a full time job or summer internship, there’s a jumble of people trying to find subleasers and another group of people trying to find someone to sublet from. If you’re not quite sure how to find a great sublet, or need help finding a subleaser, here are some helpful tips to make the process painless and successful!
If you need to find a SUBLETTER:
February is Black History Month! This is an important time for us to reflect on issues pertaining to equality, diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice. Historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who founded the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History with prominent minister Jesse E. Moorland, created this annual celebration of achievements by people of African descent. Events will be happening around campus all month long, so take time to check out what’s in store.
Trying to enjoy the winter weather but not sure how? This is your go-to guide for making the most out of Michigan’s snowy season! It’s safe to say that winter, and especially the holiday season, in Ann Arbor is magical. While just walking from place to place can provide you with plenty of cheer, here are a few activities that I personally love to do this time of year!
The Course Guide has opened up and is available for browsing. When it comes to backpacking courses, CIC has a few tips and tricks to make sure you’re ready to get the most out of your registration:
For many people, Ann Arbor is synonymous with the University of Michigan, but few realize that the university was actually founded in Detroit before Michigan had even become a state. Back then it was called the University of Michigania. The school didn’t officially move to Ann Arbor until 20 years later in 1837.
Sometimes, even in your early twenties, committing to buying that entire value box of condoms at the corner drugstore can be a blush-worthy experience. Perhaps you haven’t nailed down your specific approach to keeping yourself safe in consensual sexual encounters – and with the bombardment of options available in this day and age, it’s near impossible to have given each method a well-documented and focused trial before arriving at college as a traditional student.
Although being on campus in Ann Arbor is always fun and exhilarating, studying abroad is a great way to visit new countries, experience different cultures, and enhance your global perspective. Michigan has partnerships with a multitude of universities worldwide. Global Michigan and the Center for Global and Intercultural Study (CGIS) combined offer over 100 programs in over 45 countries. With all of the different options, finding the right program can seem a little daunting; however, doing some research definitely makes it more manageable.
With Halloween swiftly approaching, we have some fun Michigan-themed costumes that will help any Wolverine win the “Best Costume” Award. Our creative costumes will help you make plenty of new friends this spooky Halloween.
1. Jim Harbaugh
September has finally arrived, and you know what that means, the first day of classes are upon us. Whether you are a senior, a freshman, a law student, or a medical school student, the first day of class can be a little nerve wracking, but don’t worry, we’re here to help! If you need help finding your class on the first two days of class, stop by one of our Info Tents. We will have three tents on central campus, one by UMMA, CC Little, and West Hall, and one on north campus in between the Walgreen Drama Center and Pierpont Commons. Also, check out our awesome new interactive map where you can search for buildings and find out details about what is in the building. You can also connect with us on Twitter with #askumich, Facebook, and our chat system located on our website's front page.
The Spectrum Center is a useful resource on campus here to support students focusing on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression!
Cool history about the Spectrum Center: It was established in 1971 and was the very first office with intentions to support students about gender and sexuality on any college campus in the US.
I talked with Ariana Bostian-Kentes, an Assistant Director, about some of the resources they offer. Here’s what she says:
Located on the second floor of the Michigan Union, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs, or MESA, uses the lens of race and ethnicity, to engage the campus community and transform the student experience to build inclusive spaces and equitable opportunities for all. Whether you are a part of a student org or have your own story to tell, MESA allows students to explore the resources campus has to offer that focus on diversity and inclusion on campus.
May 2015 - An oldy, but goody!
Though the campus is often much quieter in the summer, Ann Arbor will be thriving with events, fairs and activities under the sun this summer. You better get started right away if you want to accomplish of the Ann Arbor Summer Must-Dos before the craziness of classes start up in September. Below is a list of fun things to do during your summer.
Happy Thanksgiving from Campus Information! Some may be staying local for a friendsgiving and some may be traveling far and wide. We hope everyone, though, will enjoy a nice meal with people you love. Thanksgiving break officially starts at 5:00pm on November 23rd (the much-needed break you’ve been craving since midterms.)
Campus Info Hours
Have you ever wondered about the tower of the Michigan Union? Or the stained glass windows in the Michigan League? Or the flags draping the halls of Pierpont Commons?
Well, Campus Information would love to fill you in on the incredibly interesting histories of our University Unions! At each of these sites, sits one our desks and a Campus Information Assistant ready to help you!
Fall is a great time to see new things in Michigan, but for those coming from out of state, it may be difficult to know just what we have to offer. Here’s a quick list of a few things I personally enjoy during my favorite season in Ann Arbor.
Who is ready to wear their “I Voted” sticker with pride on November 8, 2016?!
All of the hype aside, let’s talk about what you need to know in order to practice your civic duty on Tuesday.
In college, the library can feel like your best friend when you spend so much of your time there studying (or at least trying to with friends). What if libraries were really your best friends? here is a list of some U-M libraries as if they were people’s best friends (aka dogs). Familiarize yourself with the full list of libraries and check them out in person to see if we are spot on.
1. Shapiro Undergraduate Library (UgLi)—Golden Retriever
Looking to learn something new without stressing about essays, tests, and grades? The University of Michigan offers a world class assemblage of museums and cultural treasures just waiting to be explored. Take a short walk from the UGLi or your favorite campus study spot, and check out these five Museums:
1. The Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
In your discussion or seminar classes, you probably have encountered a peer who has identified or introduced themselves as a “Residential College (RC) Student”, and perhaps you have wondered “What does that even mean?”
Feeling wronged and don't think you should be? Consult Student Legal Services if you ever find yourself in legal trouble and you don’t know what to do next. Student Legal Services is a law office that provides assistance to all currently enrolled students. SLS lawyers can provide full-representation or simply offer their expert advice.
A few of the most common areas of practice that SLS handles includes:
Fall break: every Wolverine looks forward to this time of year as an opportunity to take a break from classes, catch up on studying, and brag to friends who go to other schools about this mini break. Here are some tips on how to make your fall break as amazing as it should be.
Since the earliest days of recorded University of Michigan history (as early as 1861), the students and alumni have been referring to themselves as "Wolverines". While this moniker has proven successful for over a hundred years of intercollegiate sports, what is the reason for it? And moreover, what exactly is a wolverine?
Winter break is finally almost here! Follow these tips to ensure your residence will be in the same condition when you return back to school next year.