Parents and Families

Learning Social Change at Michigan

Considering America’s growing diversity, Student Life understands just how important it is that Michigan graduates be comfortable and skilled working in diverse communities and organizations.  Conveniently, there is a program on campus that can help your student become more compassionate, open-minded, and as a result, better prepared to enter or rejoin the workforce after college.  

UM Grad Tamara Marzouk

A Career Grown from Service & Learning

The U-M Ginsberg Center’s mission is to engage students, faculty and community members in learning together through community service and civic engagement in a diverse, democratic society. Aaron Hurst shares how his time there as a student benefited his career and his life after college.

Aaron Hurst of the Taproot Foundation

Staying Connected to Michigan

The University of Michigan experience is shared every semester not only by enrolled students, but by many others, far and wide.  This video, recently created by U-M students, simply and vividly depicts the excitement of being accepted to Michigan, the thrill of attending, and the feeling of belonging and self-discovery so many find at Michigan.

Mom calling student on cell phone

Your Student’s Michigan Story

The University of Michigan boasts one of the largest and most diverse groups of graduates in the country, and each one has a Michigan "story." More than simply a diploma or a specific major, it is the story they’ve written through their time at Michigan as the leaders and the best.

Woman sitting in grassy field, reading a book

Social Networking & Today’s Job Search

Is spending too much time on social media preventing your student from getting a job or an internship? The answer may be – "It depends."

Social networking has been criticized as a complete waste of time. However, it's only unproductive if your student spends too much time on the "social" aspects of the networking.  When used on more professional terms, social networking sites can be a huge benefit in terms of increasing a student’s opportunity to land a job or an internship.

Woman at a computer

A Major Debate

Upon being accepted to the University of Michigan, one of the first questions prospective students are asked is, "What are you going to major in?" The pressure is on instantly to make, what seems to be, that all-important decision.

Torso of man wearing a tie, arms crossed, and nametag reading Boss

Employers Seek Out Michigan Grads

The job market is improving, evidenced by more employers on campus, including many who had previously taken a recruiting hiatus.  The opportunities for Michigan students are many, and they come with high expectations from employers about what a Michigan student will bring as a new employee.

Employers who recruit at U-M want to know that students have succeeded academically as well as how they have taken advantage of the richness the university has to offer.  Just attending classes won’t compel an employer’s interest.

graduate holding diploma

Students Discover What They Do Best

Are you able to do what you do best every day? Many U-M student employees in Student Life, including over 500 in University Unions, get to participate in an online assessment called StrengthsQuest as part of their annual training. By identifying natural strengths, students can choose where to invest their energy to get the greatest return. And StrengthsQuest is just one of several helpful training programs that University Unions offers to student employees. 

Students in classroom

Dates to Remember - Winter 2013

Spring Break, Honors Convocation, and Commencement activities are  some of the upcoming events you'll want to put on your calendar. We've also gathered a variety of academic calendars and holidays to help you stay in touch!

Winter 2013 calendar

Budgeting 101 for Student Life

Does your student know how to live within a budget?  How can students and parents best communicate about money? And how much money does it really take to live in Ann Arbor?  

Jessica Florey

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