Go Home, Take a Break

December 11, 2012 by

All of you should be happy, because you didn’t get stuck with a final on the very last day of exams. Yep, I’m here til the 20th. 

Get pumped for finals! Classes are over. No more homework. No more projects. Just studying. 

I know most of you went to the end of year meeting on Sunday, but for those who didn’t, here’s what you need to know:

  • You need to defrost your fridge. To do this, you take a towel and put it in the bottom of your fridge. You take a second towel and put it on the ground. Unplug the fridge, open the door, and tip the fridge a little so the water will run out of the fridge and onto the towel you already placed on the ground.
  • Don’t hang anything on the pipes or sprinklers
  • Unplug everything
  • Close the windows. 
  • Take out the trash

I hope all of your group projects are going well. I know ours is going to be pretty awesome! We did a lot of brainstorming, and we finalized the design. We’re pretty excited. 

Over break, make sure you build something out of snow: artists, you can dye the snow and make a pretty picture. Architects, build an igloo. Engineers, build a snowball launcher. I hope you all have a fantastic break. Enjoy your time off!

Finals, Registration, and Internships

November 27, 2012 by

Thanksgiving break is over. We have 2 weeks of school. 3.5 weeks until the end of finals. Backpacking has already started, and registration starts really soon. Make sure you know what classes you’re taking next semester and make sure you get a good schedule. If you’re unsure of what classes you need to be taking or what classes you can/want to take, talk to your mentor, or schedule an appointment with your academic adviser. 

For all you engineers, the internship search and application process has begun. If you’re looking for an internship, google search internships in your field, talk to the ECRC, and go on https://engineering-umich-csm.symplicity.com/students/. This site is really helpful, it narrows down your search and tells you what you’re qualified for and gives you lists of all the possible jobs you’re eligible for or what jobs your interested in.

Here’s the fun stuff:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbGPKhb8ZBI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aemXgP-2xyg

could not stop laughing. 

Midterm Season

October 4, 2012 by

Everybody is getting ready for midterms. If you don’t want to read this whole thing, scroll to the bottom for some stress relief/study suggestions

It’s a tough time, I know, I’ve been there. Make sure you are managing your time well, and taking advantage of any spare time you have. This time of the year is extremely stressful, and you need to study, yes. But, you need to make sure that you’re giving your body and brain everything they need. Really good ways to maintain a healthy stress-free body and mind is exercise. It doesn’t have to be a lot, but go on a walk, or go to the NCRB and swim some laps, or (my personal favorite) go to MRock and rock climb! Play a sport – throw a football or baseball or something – there’s an ultimate frisbee game going on this Friday! All of these things are good for your body, and stimulates endorphins which will make you happy. Also, take a break every once-in-a-while from studying and homework to do something relaxing that does not require thinking. I like to take study breaks and go on a walk or go hammocking (using Zach’s hammock) to enjoy the outdoors. Another great study break is watching an episode of tv. When I’m feeling stressed, I will watch a good, funny episode of either How I Met Your Mother or That 70’s Show. Also, most importantly, (I know I probably sound like your mothers right now) make sure you get enough to eat and enough sleep. You might be staying up late finishing homework and studying, or you might skip a meal to give you more time for studies. This never ends well. Take naps and eat snacks. 

Suggestions for stress relief and studying:

  • Exercise
  • Study Breaks
  • Eat and Sleep

Getting the Hang of It

September 17, 2012 by

Despite my love for climbing, the title of this post is not a pun or anything of the kind. I’m just talking about everybody coming back to school, and “getting the hang of it.” Getting accustomed. Getting situated. Everybody’s moved in, everybody is starting a daily routine. Probably lots of homework. Whatever.

Some really cool things to do on and around campus:

  • Festifall? If you guys are wanting to join organizations and clubs, totally go for it! If you don’t think they’ll let you in, it doesn’t hurt to try! If you want to audition for a band, try out for a team, participate in a club, or anything else, just go for it! There’s no reason not to.
  • Living Arts events – we’ve got a bunch of really cool events and activities planned for you guys! Check out the living arts website events page <http://www.livingarts.umich.edu/events.php> and you’ll find all of the upcoming events.  Saturday September 29 at 4:00pm, there will be a Memory Jar workshop, which is going to be awesome. And we’ll be watching THE AVENGERS!!!!!! On Sunday September 30. WHAT AN EPIC MOVIE!!!! We’ll have plenty more as the semester progresses. Later, we’re doing a Haunted House, Pumpkin Carving, and Extreme Gingerbread House Making.

Just some info about stuff around here, might be kinda boring:

  • great study spaces upstairs in the Dude and in the Ugli
  • West Quad has a burrito bar
  • Make your own pizza at Markley
  • Try North Quad sometime
  • Free movie rental upstairs in the Ugli
  • Math lab and help from tutors in the basement of East Hall

Hope this helps!

School’s Starting

September 3, 2012 by

Now that everybody is moved in, and getting ready for school to start, I thought I would mention a cool activity that I started participating in that I think we should all do. It’s water frisbee. It’s ultimate frisbee, except in knee deep water.

I played my first game on Friday, and it was so much fun! By the end of the night, people were diving for discs, laying it out for every long pass. There were a few really cool dives, where the receiver leaps out head first, arms extended, reaching to grab the disc, and he snatches it right before he is submerged in the foot-and-a-half deep water. There were some passes where it seemed as if the receiver was about to catch the frisbee when, out of nowhere, an opposing player on defense flies and slaps the frisbee out of the air.

On a completely separate note, I totally loved the challenge course we all participated in yesterday. My two favorite challenges were (1) arranging each other in order of the last digits in our phone numbers and by our middle initials, and (2) the airport transit challenge.

For the arranging challenge, there were 12 participants and 12 stumps. Each participant stood on a stump. We had to arrange ourselves without stepping off the stumps. This required us to hold onto each other and help each other and most importantly trust each other. After we completed the arranging by numbers task, we had to arrange each other by middle initial. Except we couldn’t talk. We had to communicate with each other through body language. This was extremely difficult and required patience and creative thinking. We all worked together as a team and completed this exercise.

The airport transit challenge was another story. There were 5 different stumps and 3 long planks. The stumps were placed far apart, too far to jump. We had to get each member of our team from one “airport” (stump) to the last one. The most difficult restriction was that before the last person leaves the last airport, everyone else has to be in transit. We had to figure out the best way to get everyone across, and help each other balance and work together to complete our goal. I don’t want to give away our strategy, because some of you will probably do this again!

I just wanted to say how awesome our community is, from the open doors in the hallway, to riding the bus down to central together, to the challenges we all overcame yesterday at the course. Thank you to everyone for being so AWESOME! I look forward to a great year and this great community.


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