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ATTENTION: U of M hopefuls

bearcatsbearcats 4078 replies332 threads Senior Member
guys, dont sweat

remember our lovely little song,
If you cant get into college go to state,
If you cant get into college go to state.

so dont worry.
edited October 2007
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  • micromommicromom 199 replies2 threads Junior Member
    /\I am guessing you mean Michigan State U.

    I teach at a community college and get many graduates as well as visiting students from both Michigan and Michigan State in my classes (they take prereq courses at my cc to apply for second-degree programs, mostly nursing). I have to tell you that when I ask MSU students - "so, how did you like State"? - to a person, they all say "I LOVED it". I am almost sure I have never received this response from my Michigan students when I ask them the same question about Michigan. This is something I have observed over time - but might not mean anything. I recently mentioned this observation to my son who is currently applying to Michigan but has no plans to apply to MSU (that could change!).
    BTW, I have no ax to grind - I didn't attend either school - I am pretty neutral when MSU plays UM :-)
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  • dsmodsmo 1699 replies50 threads Senior Member
    Whenever anyone asks me about U of M, I just say it's tough. I like going here, I might love it if it were easier.
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  • bearcatsbearcats 4078 replies332 threads Senior Member
    If you cant get into college go to State (clap, clap)
    If you cant get into college go to State (clap, clap)
    If you cant get into college and you really want some knowledge
    If you cant get into college go to State
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  • AlexandreAlexandre 24277 replies434 threads Senior Member
    Micromom, I am sorry to say your observation is horribly incorrect. Michigan students tend to love their experience. I am sure there are some who don't like it, but by and large, the vast majority of students would give Michigan the highest possible rating. As an overall undergraduate experience, it is without a doubt the most complete university in the US. Academically, it is a top 10 university. Athletically, it has unbeatable traditions in Football and Hockey. The campus is lively, intellectual, cosmopolitan and spirited. The arts thrive. Ann Arbor is one of the most pleasant and enlightened communities. Globally, the university is recognized as a pillar of education. It just doesn't get any better and students generally fully appreciate that fact.
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  • hoedownhoedown 3742 replies9 threads Senior Member
    FWIW, I sure don't feel that way (that MSU is some poor substitute, that is). MSU and U-M have different things to offer and some people have good reasons for preferring MSU over U-M--reasons that have nothing to do with their ability (or inability) to get in to U-M.

    U-M doesn't really have any reasons to take potshots at MSU. Well, except over sports. :)
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  • micromommicromom 199 replies2 threads Junior Member
    Alexandre, I think you misunderstood my post:-)

    My observations are what they are. When asked how they liked their school, my MSU students were always exuberant about their school and my Michigan students were not outwardly so. I never took from this that Michigan students did not love or even like their Michigan experience. It was merely an interesting observation. Maybe, my cc class is a magnet for happy alumni from MSU; the unhappy ones never end up being my students:-)

    I have great respect for both schools. I have been in academia for some time now and so have had the chance to interact with superb alumni from both schools.

    I am off now to learn the Michigan fight song---who knows, I might be singing it if my son gets in!
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  • CCRunner123CCRunner123 1204 replies76 threads Senior Member
    The only reason I dislike UM at times is the horrendous amounts of work. I love every other aspect of it.
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  • CvjnCvjn 1293 replies62 threads Senior Member
    ^

    Exactly. I love every part of my U-M experience so far
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  • bearcatsbearcats 4078 replies332 threads Senior Member
    you guys are taking this too seriously...it's just a song...
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  • AlexandreAlexandre 24277 replies434 threads Senior Member
    I see your point Micromom. Wolverines do tend to be whiners "par excellence"! LOL!!!
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  • hoedownhoedown 3742 replies9 threads Senior Member
    Sure, it's just a song, but I hate to see Michigan get snarky about MSU. What's the point?

    We're already considered arrogant enough as it is.

    My colleague saw a shirt that read: MAIZE: An Arrogant Shade of Yellow.

    I'd love to have one.
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  • CCRunner123CCRunner123 1204 replies76 threads Senior Member
    "Harvard: The Michigan of the East"

    I see at least 5 of these shirts everyday.
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  • bdmradbdmrad 200 replies7 threads Junior Member
    As a former Michigander (not the now PC Michiganian, yeech) both schools are fine if you want to stay in Michigan. I think UM travels better and is respected more universally.
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  • MightyNickMightyNick 2063 replies34 threads Senior Member
    My experience has been ok so far (I'm sure it'll get better though). I do have one complaint though. At times when I meet certain people, I wonder...HOW THE HELL DID THEY GET INTO MICHIGAN????
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  • AlexandreAlexandre 24277 replies434 threads Senior Member
    You get a bit of that at every school Nick. I met students at Dartmouth and Stanford that really aren't the brightest. Obviously, at a school like Michigan, given its size and obligations, you are going to get a larger number and percentage of such students, but you get them everywhere.
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  • MightyNickMightyNick 2063 replies34 threads Senior Member
    I agree with that Alexandre. But you can't help but wonder how they got in, and some of my really smart friends didn't.
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  • GoBlue81GoBlue81 3902 replies58 threads Senior Member
    The difference... these guys are probably in-state and your friends are OOS. There are more OOS applicants for half of the seats.
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  • XCchick44XCchick44 973 replies36 threads Senior Member
    Hey I'm applying to both, and I plan on going to State over Michigan.
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  • Quincy4Quincy4 608 replies12 threads Member
    ^^Nice job, hoedown. Appreciate your wise and reasoned post on this point.
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  • hoedownhoedown 3742 replies9 threads Senior Member
    I'll still claw you to the death over the position that MSU's Higher Ed PhD program is superior to U-M's Higher Ed PhD program. But otherwise we're largely on the same page, Quincy4. :)
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