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Since there have been so many questions about GBR and Housing (same questions I have), I thought we should have our own thread.
First off Who's going to which Local Meet?
Who's going to GBR?
And what's the housing situation?
ME Going to the Los Angeles Meet.
Unsure of GBR, although ticket prices dropped from 340 to 230 which is nice!
Housing, was thinking about northwood graduate housing, but hearing from exeno that it's a bunch of science grad students, I'm not thinking of the main 3 people do. I won't have a car, so I would like something really close (also since i've never walked in snow without snowboarding shoes on) _________________
Yep still have my license... I don't know how many points I have on it though.... one was 90 in a 60 construction zone and the other was 85 in 40 zone.... Luckily that was out of state so I don't think the points transferred...
Does anyone know what kind of placement Ross has for social venture funds? In the admit binder, there's a big picture of someone who MAP'd/interned at Acumen.
Impact investing is an emerging and exciting field - and one that does require a bit of self-directed career searching since these types of companies and organizations are fairly small. They do take interns and if you're really interested and committed to the career search, it's totally possible to find an internship and possibly a full-time job. Ross has a decent connection to Acumen. One of the Social Venture Fund's advisers is Brian Trelstad, Michigan alum and Chief Investment Officer at Acumen.
I'm a part of the Social Venture Fund and know students who've done a MAP with Acumen and others who've had internships related to impact investing and social enterprise development. There's Ross students who are part of Investors Circle, who attend the SOCAP conference, and other social impact related conferences.
Clean tech and impact investing overlap somewhat in impact investing but I would say they are totally different realms. There were plenty of MAPs this year related to clean tech and environmental sustainability - from start-ups to large companies - as well as with non-profits focusing more on social impact. There's also opportunity to get this experience via clubs and extra-currics, including the Emerging Markets Club, Community Consulting Club, business plan competitions... And the engineering school is a great place to look as well, including the BLUE Lab.
I've got lots more I could share, so feel free to PM me with additional questions. _________________
congrats everyone! i didn't see this thread, so posted something on the other one about gbr and housing.
but one thing i must advocate is MTrek. about 40-50% go, maybe more. that's half the class and it certainly does feel like more than half goes. but the reason to go is not because you'll feel left out of friendships, but that you'll miss an amazing opportunity to form amazing friendships.
i cannot emphasize how amazingly awesome my trip was - both the trip itself as well as getting to bond with a wonderful group of people. you will not have the same experience during RLI or any other experience on campus. i formed close friendships with my MTrek group and we continue to be great friends. this is true of most of the other treks as well, though i'm biased towards mine .
you really can't form the same bonds as you do during class, group projects, etc. and you may not even meet some of these folks if you were not to go on an mtrek simply because you're in a class of 500 and take classes your first year with the same group of 80 people. i have worked with some of my mtrek mates in group and club settings and if i hadn't met them during the mtrek, i'm fairly certain i would not have gotten to know them so well, or maybe even at all. another plug for mtreks is that you'll quickly get sucked into your sections and having friends from mtreks gives you a different group of friends and people you know.
go on an mtrek! if it's a financial concern, the extra thousand or so is just a drop in the bucket compared with the rest of your time at ross. this is *totally* worth the investment. it's about the friendships you'll form.
also, go for trip you would never do on your own or takes you down the beaten path. you have winter and spring breaks to go on spring break type trips (we just had spring break and folks went to PR, colombia, cabo, hawaii to name a few) but the opportunity to visit a remote destination with a self-selecting group of amazing individuals is priceless, perhaps even once-in-a-lifetime. hiking through the jungle, camping on a quiet beach, waking up for the sunrise, dancing to a stereo in a small village - these are all great shared moments that let you get to know others on such a deeper level. mtreks are absolutely worth it. no doubt. _________________
There are no local-meets near me, but I'll be at GBR for sure. Does anyone know if public transportation is used by many Ross students. Is it dependable? Do most people, drive, walk, bike or bus to class normally? I'd love to justify getting a shinny new bicycle.
Housing question? - Anyone know which housing option seems to offer the most peace and quiet within a reasonable commute? I'm not begging to live near a bunch of loud party goers?
Just a side question, I noticed that the Ross building has a fitness center, is that available to all students, or is there a fee. What's the deal? Looks pretty interesting.
there's a mix of bikers, walkers, and drivers though most people do not drive to campus. i used the bus during the winter and it is super reliable, sometimes even early! with the google maps on the iphone, you can also look up exactly when the bus is coming so you're not just waiting in the cold. i never wait more than 5-8 minutes for the bus. usually, it's 2-5 minutes, but that's because i head out when the bus is supposed to come. _________________
I'm also considering going to Iceland for the M-Trek, since their economy tanked, and stuff's probably pretty cheap over there.
Thanks, Sharmar! I think that my tour guide mentioned that partners, etc. had access to the gym as well.
Milias - A friend of mine was recently making a killing buying designer clothes in Iceland, dirt cheap, and reselling them in the States. I also just watched No Reservations Iceland - not sure about eating fermented fish or jellied sheep testicles, but the rest looked amazing.... But I'm not sure I can pass up the safari opportunity. Elephants! And Iceland is hard to think about in Chicago in March.
Does anybody know when we have to actually start making decisions?
And an unrelated question - did you guys get any sort of confirmation from Ross after turning in your FAFSA? I did mine 2 months ago and haven't heard anything. Not even a confirmation that they received it. I'm wondering how long to wait until I start bugging the financial aid office. They said March...
Ha, I decided I couldn't possibly write another personal statement and just banged out whatever blabber was in my head. I sincerely hope it doesn't become a part of some icebreaker or something awful like that.
On the good side, they partnered me with a student host from the exact career path I'm interested in, and I'm super excited about it.
When did you hear from your student guide? I haven't been contacted for anything related to GBR except for my registration details.
Also, I had no idea that the unique statement was supposed to be serious. I said I was one of the few unicorns in Los Angeles taking public transportation.
Perhaps a little OT, but relevant for the Class of 2012
Thursday, March 18, 2010 Michigan schedules 2011 night game By Adam Rittenberg ESPN.com
For the first time in team history, Michigan will host a night football game at Michigan Stadium when it welcomes rival Notre Dame on Sept. 10, 2011.
New Michigan athletics director David Brandon made the historic scheduling announcement Thursday afternoon in Ann Arbor.
The 2011 game will kick off at 8 p.m. ET and be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.
"This will be an unprecedented game day atmosphere that our fans have not experienced at Michigan Stadium," Brandon said in a statement. "It's a great opportunity to showcase our program, university and Ann Arbor to a primetime viewing audience. This also adds a new chapter to the storied rivalry between our two great programs."
Head football coach Rich Rodriguez has wanted to enhance the atmosphere at Michigan Stadium, which is undergoing a major renovation that will be completed for the start of the 2010 season. Michigan's administration had opposed night games in previous years.
"Our players have always enjoyed playing night games and I think it's something that our fans will truly enjoy and embrace," Rodriguez said in a statement. "I expect the atmosphere will be electric for this match-up at the Big House."
Michigan and Notre Dame played three night games in a nine-year span, all at Notre Dame. The final night game was played in 1990, with Notre Dame winning 28-24.
Michigan owns a 22-11 all-time record in primetime games.
I was half-tempted to write that I've gotten into only 10 accidents since moving to the East Coast - none of which were my fault obviously - up from only 2 in the Midwest. That and I moved 5 times in the last 5 years. Then I decided against it.
Yes, even though the airport is only a 20-30 minute drive getting there can be expensive. There are a number of ways: 1. Get a friend to take you 2. Park your car there. I do this for weekend trips. One of the "off airport" lots is $11/day and has a buy one day get one free coupon. 3. Michigan Flyer which as you mentioned is pretty cheap. However, I've never done it because it leaves from where a lot of the hotels are near Briarwood which isn't very convenient. 4. Shuttles: There are a number of shuttles (like Super Shuttle) that do door to door service and pick up others on the way to the airport. These run about $40 each way for one person and go down per person the more people you have going from one location. 5. Air Bus: This is an option during university wide holidays only. Basically Michigan runs a bus from central campus to and from the airport during the most popular times to leave. Cost is about $8 each way. They will sell out on popular days/times and you have to physically go to the Union to buy a ticket. But if its the right time for you the price is great. I did this when leaving for Spring Break. 6. Taxi: This is the most convenient but most expensive. Generally around $60 each way.
So I'm about 90% set on Woodbury Gardens and have made an appointment on Friday. I have a couple of other appointments a bit closer to school (that I found off Craigslist) but the washer/dryer/dishwasher/disposal convenience + 20 month lease + 50% rent during the first summer have more or less sold me. I know from experience that subletting over the summer is pretty difficult, so I'd rather take the 50% discount and just call it a day. Also, I figure the proximity to school is undercut by the lack of conveniences at home. The downside is that I will be cutting it very, very close to the Room and Board budget in my financial aid.