What off-campus housing neighborhoods might your student be considering for next year? German Town? The Old West Side? North Ingalls? Do they know who they want as housemates, roommates, neighbors and friends? How will they stay connected after leaving the tight community of the residence halls?
Natasha Dabrowski is a member of the Vice President's Advisory Board. Natasha says her experience “has given so much more meaning to what I am passionate about – making lasting improvements to better the lives of others in some way.”
Much of what we do in Student Life is to facilitate opportunities for students to grow and thrive in the U-M community. Like you, we also want our students to avoid "life-altering mistakes" that can be harmful to them, diminish their success in college and beyond, and can weigh upon them personally for a long time. When there are mistakes and mishaps in their living or academic experiences, we are prepared to guide them through the conflict.
Regardless of how students maintain their physical activity level during the winter, it's important for body and mind that they do. Hibernation is not an option.
Very soon, tens of thousands of students will be moving to Ann Arbor to begin or resume their studies at the University of Michigan. For each one, it is part of a life’s journey.
When students walk onto the University of Michigan campus, most know that they have found a community that cares and one in which they can thrive. However, students with a learning disability can often be concerned about fitting in and wonder if they can manage the rigorous academics, one of the hallmarks of the Michigan student experience.
Even though it’s been a few years since I sent my sons off to college, I remember clearly the fears that accompanied my enthusiasm. I would be making a transition from knowing their friends, attending their school events, and knowing where they were, to wondering whether they were studying, making friends, and finding their place on a large campus. I wanted them to be successful, safe, and happy.
With the start of a new school year fast-approaching, take a moment to remind your student of the many safety resources and programs offered by the University of Michigan and the Student Life:
Building community and understanding among students is an essential part of the Student Life because it empowers students to further their understanding of the world around them and to challenge their preconceptions. The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs works to achieve this mission by engaging social justice issues through the lens of race and ethnicity with a wide variety of programs and partnerships.