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Move- in Tips!

​‘Twas the night before move-in day and all through the states, every student was stirring with anticipation, as they had to wait!


Res Hall Survival Packing List

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.

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Skill Shopping

School supply shopping has commenced and there are a few things that may not be on your list: college skills. Things that no one told you that you’d have to know for college. Though these skills cannot be purchased, here are 5 tips to help you out (for free!):


Last Minute Summer Must-Dos

And just like that, the summer is coming to a close. Ann Arbor has been thriving with events, fairs and activities under the sun this summer. Did you miss out on the Art Fair? Shakespeare in the Arb? Farmers Markets? Do not fret! You still have time to enjoy many Summer Must-Do’s that Ann Arbor has to offer before the craziness, that is class, starts up in September. Below is a list of fun things to do to finish out your summer.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market:

Famers Market

Getting Around Ann Arbor

One of the great things about UM’s campus is that almost anything you’d need is within a 10-15 minute walk. But, for when you do need a traveling alternative, here is everything you need to know:

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Freshman Orientation Guide

Summer orientation is a three-day overnight stay at the University for fall admits where incoming freshman are lead through the necessary steps for attendance which include placement testing, academic advising, and course registration – as well as a series of programs that explain University culture and expectations. The Office of New Student Programs offers more than 30 different orientation dates from June 8th – August 3rd, and an optional, tandem Parent and Family Orientation that can be selected if the student’s family wishes to attend.

Photo courtesy of cscs.umich.edu

Other Summer Festivals in Ann Arbor

Summertime in Michigan can only mean one thing – FESTIVALS! Mother Nature has graced us with this brief period of time for us to celebrate and take part in the many activities offered here in Southeast Michigan.          

The list below highlights dates to help you go out and enjoy the many festivals offered:

Ya’ssoo Greek Festival – Ann Arbor

Summer Festival

Ann Arbor Summer Festival

It’s that time again! Summer is finally here and it’s time to forget about the below freezing temperatures that plague this city during the winter months. Now is the time to enjoy beautiful Ann Arbor and celebrate sunshine and warmth with the many, many events that the Ann Arbor Summer Festival has to offer. 

Ann Arbor Summer Festival Poster

June Events Overview

As spring comes to a close and the sun begins to shine you may be wondering what there is to do on campus to get outside and enjoy the summer!

Campus Info has highlighted some of the events off of events.umich.edu to help you make the most of the summer:

June 3rd: Re-Imagining Gender – A Juried Art Exhibition

Photo credit and more information: http://www.a2gov.org/departments/systems-planning/Sustainability/Pages/GreenFair2009.aspx

Go for a Hike!

“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.

Image courtesy of http://bordertoborder.homestead.com/friends-of-the-border-to-border-trail.html

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Move- in Tips!

​‘Twas the night before move-in day and all through the states, every student was stirring with anticipation, as they had to wait!


Res Hall Survival Packing List

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.

Image of checklist

Skill Shopping

School supply shopping has commenced and there are a few things that may not be on your list: college skills. Things that no one told you that you’d have to know for college. Though these skills cannot be purchased, here are 5 tips to help you out (for free!):


Last Minute Summer Must-Dos

And just like that, the summer is coming to a close. Ann Arbor has been thriving with events, fairs and activities under the sun this summer. Did you miss out on the Art Fair? Shakespeare in the Arb? Farmers Markets? Do not fret! You still have time to enjoy many Summer Must-Do’s that Ann Arbor has to offer before the craziness, that is class, starts up in September. Below is a list of fun things to do to finish out your summer.

Ann Arbor Farmers Market:

Famers Market

Getting Around Ann Arbor

One of the great things about UM’s campus is that almost anything you’d need is within a 10-15 minute walk. But, for when you do need a traveling alternative, here is everything you need to know:

Road Sign

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