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July 25, 2017
Alexandra Ngo

At first, study abroad sounds like a pretty expensive luxury for students, especially when it is not required for students.

But if it is not required, why do so many students study or work abroad? How do they afford it?

The answer: U-M helps to make going abroad an opportunity for anyone.  

Before coming to college, I never really thought about traveling internationally while at school. As a soon-to-be graduate of U-M, my experiences abroad are some of the defining points of my college career.

Here’s how U-M helps you make it work:

July 19, 2017
Alexa Caruso

Ann Arbor: Home to the #1 Public University in the nation, but also home to some pretty fantastic food.

I have been lucky enough to learn this through late-night diner runs, lunch with friends, and evenings exploring downtown.

One of my favorite things to do to treat myself is to buy lunch or dinner at one of the many great restaurants Ann Arbor has to offer.

July 18, 2017
Mel Neal

After a long and challenging school year at the University of Michigan, students are ecstatic to relax and enjoy their summers.

While it may be enticing to head back home to work at your usual summer job or use the months off to travel somewhere new, Ann Arbor really is the best place to spend your summer for about a hundred different reasons.

Here, I’ll tell you the top five reasons every Michigan student should spend at least one summer in Ann Arbor:

July 13, 2017
Megan Wampler

Whether you’re relocating from your hometown to the next city over, across states, or across international borders, moving to a new place can be exciting, hectic, terrifying, and exhilarating.

If you’re spending your first year in the residence halls, moving into the dorms is a rite of passage.

Tradition is important to my parents, which includes the ceremonial “Drive the Freshman to College,” even when you live SIX states away from where you’re going.

June 7, 2017
Sydney Whack

A few times since I've started college I’ve gotten the following question: “So what was your orientation experience like?” And every time I look forward to seeing people’s reaction when I tell them that I actually didn’t go.

My transition into the University of Michigan was a little different than most. And by now you might be wondering, “How in the world did she skip orientation?”

May 31, 2017
Alexa Caruso

“More than anything I want to be home now. I’m really hoping I grow to love this city or that the month goes by quickly!”

The chance to spend all of July in Florence to study art sounds like a dream, right?

Unless you’re me.

That first sentence you read was what I wrote in my journal the first day I was in Florence. The furthest I had ever flown alone was from my home state of New Jersey to Michigan, I had never been to Europe before, and I don’t speak any Italian - so you could say I was a little nervous.

May 25, 2017
Megan Wampler

On the day I came to campus for the first time as a college freshman, I was up at 3 a.m.

I had driven myself to the Helena Regional Airport in the dark and spent the entire day making my way across the country, through two time zones and several layovers.

When I finally got off the shuttle bus in Ann Arbor after 10 hours of traveling, it was pouring.

I dropped off my bags at East Quad, walked to the Diag in the rain, and stood with my feet just inches away from our beloved “M.”

And I started bawling.

May 24, 2017
Don Jordan

Freshman orientation sessions begin next month, which means that thousands of incoming #Victors2021 will soon call East Quad home – if only for a few nights.

As one of Michigan’s heritage halls, East Quad has a fascinating history and excellent location on Central Campus.

Here are five things to know about EQ before you show up with your toothbrush.

May 22, 2017
Don Jordan

With 30 hours of scheduled programming and events spread over just two-and-a-half days, freshman orientation is a busy blend of information, socializing, and figuring out what it means to be a Wolverine.

May 19, 2017
Don Jordan

From walking through the fountain at Ingalls Mall to sidestepping the brass block M, there are many traditions that proud Wolverines hold sacred.

And then there are the other ones… the old traditions and legends that once captured students’ attention but have since fallen out of fashion. In most cases, the reasons for their demise are pretty self-explanatory.