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The Monday morning the week of March 9, I set out to block out my schedule for the week. But after Wednesday afternoon of that week, that idea all fell apart because of an announcement made by the university that all in-person classes would be suspended due to the coronavirus.Two weeks later, as I reflect on this experience after returning home from Ann Arbor, the things I learned through time blocking still remain relevant to my virtual school experience. Even though I didn’t anticipate then, I would later learn just how important it would be to find and stick to a new routine.
The Adelia Cheever Program is a Theme Community open to first-year women interested in cultivating leadership development skills, prioritizing their health and wellness, and exploring global perspectives. Cheever is the oldest Theme Community on campus (100 years old next year!) so it has a very rich history here at the University of Michigan. Read below to learn more about Cheever of the past, present and future (hopefully you)!
The University of Michigan has closed for multiple days in a row twice in the past 120 years. It closed for two days in 2019 due to the polar vortex that passed through the area (wind chills hit -50 degrees Fahrenheit), and this past week, it closed on Thursday and Friday, and has moved to remote courses for the remainder of the winter 2020 semester.
LiveWell, a Theme Community located in Bursley Hall, is focused on bringing first-year students together who value all aspects of wellness. From participating in gym sessions together to crafting healthy meals in the dining hall to participating in self-care nights, members of LiveWell want to live a holistically well life with those around them.
I’d lived in Michigan for six years by the time I started college, so I was a little bit used to the infamous Michigan winter. However, I wasn’t sure what the added dynamic of bussing and walking to classes would be like. Turns out, it’s not so bad and actually very beautiful. Michigan winters are cold, to be sure, but with a little bit of preparation and extra care, you can thrive during the winter!
Michigan is great for so many reasons. You hear a lot about the big ones, but so much of the everyday experience is comprised of the details. Here’s some of the smaller things about being a Michigan student that really sweeten the experience.
On a campus of almost 45,000 students, I was unsure how I would get the same opportunities as other students, especially as a first-year Wolverine. However, the Michigan Research and Discovery Scholars (MRADS) has an abundance of opportunities exclusively for its members, one of which includes going to a prestigious conference. Here's a little bit more about my experience.
When I first started at U-M, one of my biggest dilemmas was relearning how to take notes. My class schedule was a mix of introductory courses in lecture halls and smaller, discussion-sized classes geared toward first- and second-year students. I had some idea of what the note-taking should look like in the latter setting, but when it came to lecture halls, I was less certain.
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