We expect, as awkward freshmen, that we’ll eventually metamorphosize into Cool Upperclassmen, admired by our peers. But I don’t think this just happens naturally. Being a mentor is a skill like any other, one that we might lack but also one that we can work to develop.
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This article has been updated from a post originally published Jan 4, 2019.
If you’re reading this blog, you probably already know that the University of Michigan is a pretty amazing place. But when making that important decision on whether to enroll, you really need to experience the university firsthand.
You need to walk the campus. You need to meet some people. You need to find the nearest burrito place.
The marking of a new semester and year induces the fresh-start effect: many, reflecting on their successes and failures of the past year, feel a burst of motivation to improve themselves.
There is no foolproof plan to achieve your goals, but there are steps you can take to make them possible.
Sure, Winter and Fall semester are similar; you're taking somewhere between 12 and 18 credits, and you're going to classes in similar buildings, but it's different. Simply put, it's cold outside, and there's no football to watch.
Course scheduling is such an exciting time. At Michigan, there is a wide variety of classes in nearly every subject imaginable. Looking at the LSA Course Guide, it is simply impossible to browse through it without turning on some sort of search filter because there are so many options.
One refreshing change from high school is that, as an engineer, I'm expected to pursue practical work experience.
"Practical work experience," for a Michigan Engineering student, usually consists of internships, "Design-Build-Test" (DBT) courses, and personal projects. Of those, a freshman can usually only pursue DBT courses, like MECHENG 250 and some sections of ENGR 100 because most companies won't hire freshmen.
Each day at U-M looks different for everyone. Even in my own life, my routine varies based on the week. But to get an idea of what to expect, here’s a snapshot of my typical Monday as a first-year student in Ann Arbor.
Snowfall has returned to Ann Arbor, which means three things: low temperatures, the holiday season, and finals season.
You don’t have to be a student at the University of Michigan to understand the pressure of a big test, but if you are a Michigan student, you know very well that the last couple of weeks of a semester can be a lot.
Student blogger, Yilin Yang (#Victors2020), shares how he navigated withdrawing from classes at U-M, and what he learned during the process. Head over to @UmichAdmissions story on Instagram to ask Yilin a question!
There’s no need to be in a hurry to get off campus as soon as your first year is over. Though it can be fun to have an apartment and live with friends, there are so many perks to living in University Housing. Rather than go through the stressful process of getting a group of friends together, touring apartments, and signing a lease, think about sticking around in the residence halls.