The Michigan League presents:
What advice would you give to younger generations attending Michigan?
Marylen Oberman, Class of 1958: Take advantage of everything that this university offers. It’s huge. It’s much bigger now than when I first started. But it is big and when I first started, it was big to me. But I also told her to go beyond her classes. I told her to look at activities on campus, become involved, care about people and find out what’s going on. And I think that, I hope that she will.
Peggy Laird, Class of 1945: Well that she would broaden her understanding of people from every walk of life. That she would learn many new things that she hadn’t thought about before. I’m sure there are courses which even the best of high schools cannot offer that she would get here. And that she would find, through guidance and through the courses she takes, what she really would like to do with her life.
How have you benefited from being at the University of Michigan?
Chandani Wiersba, Class of 2017, Public Policy Major, President of Yoni Ki Batt, Vice President of Women and Gender in Public Policy: Being in an organization like Yoni Ki Batt and having those opportunities where the org was already set I just have to continue it and restructure it; just to help me figure out what I’m passionate about and what I want to do post-college.
Adedolapo Adeniji, Class of 2017, International Studies Major, Detroit Entrepreneurship Network Member, Program for Intergroup Relations Program Coordinator, UROP Peer Advisor: How everything that I started my freshman year I came back to or I’ve been with; how everything has just been in a really big giant circle and how my circle of influence just kept increasing because I was able to hold onto things. I’m not saying it was all me because the reason I was able to hold onto things was because the spaces, Optimize, DEN, IGR, UROP, the Ginsberg Center, they all held space for me. And they all opened their doors wide for me. They all had mentors for me. And, I even have pseudo-mentors and things like MESA and Trotter and stuff and that’s what really has shaped my experience at U of M is the fact that everything has been so interconnected and I felt at home in any of those spaces.
Allison Kurlack, Ross School of Business Class of 2017, Ross Career Services Peer Coach: I think it’s opened up my eyes to a lot of different types of people. It can be somewhat of a bubble but it has made me realize there are so many different types of people out there with different backgrounds, different types of family life and it makes me more accepting of others and also opens your eyes to things that need to be fixed in a way.
Mira Shane, Class of 2017, African American Studies Major, Women’s Lacrosse Goalie, Social Chair of 58 Greene A Capella: Even through some of the turmoil that we’ve seen over the past couple months, it’s inspiring to be at a place like this with a lot of different opinions.
Hannah Caywood, Class of 2017, Honors English, Ross School of Business, Member of Opportunities to Educate Children, Women’s Club Water Polo: I think especially reflecting on where Michigan was and the generation our parents came here, even our grandparents if they attended college, it’s really important to think about the positive change that’s occurred and what we can do as students, as members of the community, to facilitate positive change in the future.
Mira Shane: It is nice to turn back in terms of being reflective to yourself and the others that surround you, like I don’t know where I would be without 58 Greene and my lacrosse team at this university just in terms of that sort of empowerment, that love that is able to fuel me to keep pushing and want to take my degree to the next level. I have these great conversations with people that really care about what matters.
Your might also enjoy viewing: