Remembering the good (and bad) of UDM
Well, it's about that time. It's time to wrap up the last projects of my senior year and say goodbye to UDM.
What are the most important things I've learned at UDM?
Yes, I've learned algebra and how to cite sources and things like that, but I also learned a few things about the city that surrounds our school.
I've learned that there are a lot of great things about Detroit - great places and events, awesome sports and music culture and a rich history. But, as someone who grew up in a small town, I've also learned to respect the city - that any urban area can present certain dangers, especially for a woman who spends a lot of time there by herself.
After an incident with a flasher while driving on McNichols, I learned to carry pepper spray.
It has been an interesting experience being a nonreligious student at UDM.
Why did I choose to go to a Jesuit-Mercy school? Because of the scholarship money.
Is that selling out? Maybe, but I choose to call it "practicality."
Actually, my required religions course was taught in a very fair, balanced manner.
I've met students and faculty from all different faiths. And, most important to me, I have never had a professor be anything but supportive of my critical questioning of religion and religious institutions. I'd like to thank UDM for that - for never censoring my (sometimes subversive) voice.
The Varsity News readers are a different story.
I have gone out on an ideological limb in many of my columns and have gotten some interesting feedback, some of which has been pretty harsh. But this has been a lesson in itself - learning to take criticism, seeing both sides of an issue and becoming more confident in my own beliefs.
There will always be someone out there who disagrees with me, and I'm OK with that.
What are some of the things about UDM that I won't miss?
I will not miss the 45-minute commute or the constant juggling of my full-time student responsibilities with work and internships. I will not miss Blackboard or TitanConnect. I will not miss 8:30 a.m. classes or term paper-related tension headaches.
There are, however, many things that I will miss.
I'll miss sipping 50-cent coffee in Grounds during dead hour. I'll miss the basement of the library - the quiet and the dusty book smell. I'll miss making random new friends in classes.
I can say that, overall, I'm glad I came to UDM to get my education. The small class sizes gave me the opportunity to interact directly with my professors and the small campus has given me (being only semi-ambitious and slightly socially awkward) great opportunities to carve out a niche for myself and even take up a leadership position here at The Varsity News.
My best advice for underclassmen is to enjoy the time you have here at UDM.
Looking back, I'm amazed at how quickly my four years have already come and gone.
And now comes the hard part: finding a job out in the real world. Wish me luck!
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