Get the inside scoop about life at U-M and applying to Michigan from Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff and guest student and faculty writers.
There was a time, perhaps not so long ago, that students graduated from college, found a job—or maybe even a career—and stayed in that career until retirement. They earned a gold watch, collected a pension, and walked slowly into the sunset.
But the world has changed. Life isn’t like that anymore. Life isn’t about one job, one direction, one career. And college isn’t about that either.
I speak to groups of students and parents all of the time; groups unsettled by our constantly changing, fast-moving, high-tech world. They’ll ask me—is college really worth it?
If you want a spot on the team, then you have to be ready to compete—whether it’s an academic or athletic team.
That’s one way to think about college applications. We all know that if we want something—whether it’s a job, a good grade, or yes, acceptance to a particular university, we need to commit. We need to prepare.
And most importantly, we need to start early.