• Cypress Bay High School - Weston, FL
  • May 29, 2020

The University of Michigan (U-M) is a public research university located in Ann Arbor, Michigan with more than 46,000 enrolled students. 2018 alumna Samantha Rosenberg is currently a freshman at the university. She spoke to The Circuit’s Alexis Epstein.

How did the Bay help prepare you for the University of Michigan?
Since the Bay offered a lot of Advanced Placement classes, I got to experience higher-level courses similar to college courses while I was still in high school. [Taking college leveled classes has] prepared me for the rigor of the classes in college.

What advice would you give to anyone who is deciding to go to U-M?
Any advice I would give is to show interest in the school. Tons of students apply to Michigan, so [applicants] need to show the readers of the application what they did to stand out and why they want to go to Michigan over any other school.

What makes U-M unique?
What makes U-M unique is the students. Most of the students here have a good work-life balance. The students here are well rounded, which is so important in today’s society. They are able to focus on their classes and do well in school, but also enjoy college, whether it be extracurriculars, sporting events or friends.

What were your expectations of the University of Michigan before becoming a student compared to now?
I thought that college would be harder and that the teachers would be much stricter, but I am actually finding the classes to be manageable and the teachers are great. Overall, my expectations have been exceeded. I have never loved a school so much. The clubs I am involved in have already taught me so much and I have found a balance between my school and social life.

What is your favorite part about the University of Michigan?
My favorite part about Michigan is all of the amazing friends I have made. I have friends from all over the country and they are some of the best people I have ever met. Besides my friends, another favorite part about U-M is definitely the school spirit. On game days, the entire town is focused on the game and the feeling of everyone coming together is amazing.

Where do you prefer living: Weston or Ann Arbor? Why?
It is hard to tell because [Weston and Ann Arbor] are so different. I love living in Ann Arbor because it is such a great college town. As a student, there is so much to do and the whole town is filled with school spirit, especially during game days. I prefer living in Ann Arbor as a college student because it has a great college town and Weston can get boring at times [because] there is not much to do.