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The University of Michigan - Dearborn

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Date: Jan 12 2010
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UM Dearborn is a great school- if you're an older student- someone that is "going back to school". UM Dearborn gives you the "best bang for the buck"- you get a top quality education at a great price. I've had classmates who have gone to both UM Dearborn and Ann Arbor and say that the education at Dearborn is actually better, because professors teach the classes at Dearborn, not T.A.s. Class sizes are a lot smaller than Ann Arbor, so you don't feel like "you're just another number". The professors are approachable and friendly.

That being said, I would only recommend UM Dearborn for an adult

going back to school
, or someone looking for a good graduate program. I would not recommend UM Dearborn for someone out of High School because UM Dearborn is a commuter school(in one of the most depressing areas of Michigan)- if you go to UM Dearborn, you will miss out on normal college life.

When I was researching colleges, I fell in love with U of M in Ann Arbor, and I applied to both Ann Arbor and Dearborn. I got waitlisted for Ann Arbor, and got accepted to Dearborn. I chose to go to UM Dearborn. While I got a good education, I missed out on the whole college experience.

Unfortunately, my high school counselor was horrible, and was totally useless when it came to providing information on colleges. We didn't have the information that is available on the internet today- the college forums and reviews. I could have bought a few college guides, but I was too cheap and too stupid to buy one- that was a big mistake. I should have at least done some research when I was searching for a college, but I was too lazy. I thought UM (in any form) was good enough. I was wrong.

If you're in High School and want to go to college, do your research. The University of Michigan is a good school, but, there are many other good universities out there. I would probably say that every single one of my classmates applied to Ann Arbor first, and got rejected, so they went to Dearborn instead, figuring that the UM brand name was good enough, like I did. If UM Dearborn is a "safety school" for you, you have not done any research. In my day, I might have had an excuse, but, today, there's plenty of information available for free on the internet on any college you might want to attend. If you can't get into Ann Arbor, try to get into State, or the other colleges in Michigan. There are many colleges in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois that are worth investigating. There's no reason why you have to stay in Michigan. You might find a cool private college with a great financial aid package. You will be in college for at least four years, and, if you're planning on going to graduate school, the school you pick is very important. Do your research before you waste your time and money. I cringe every time I see the Oakland University sign which says: "You can afford to go here", or something to that effect. That sign preys on people who don't know very much about financial aid, because it does not matter how much a college costs if you can get a good financial aid package. For example, Ivy League Colleges are usually very generous to people from low- to middle- class backgrounds, so, an Ivy League education might end up costing you less than an education from a public university! Do you get the picture? There's no reason to go to a hell-hole because you don't think you have enough money to go to college. If all else fails, borrow. You're only 19 once- enjoy it while you can. That being said, beg, borrow, or steal your way through college, but do not work (unless you land a good internship). You have your whole life to work. If I had to do it all over again, I would have spent my summers traveling instead of working in some fast-food hell-hole.

Finally, when you find the college of your dreams, major in something you love. Don't listen to your teachers or parents. If you major in something you hate, you'll be doing something you hate for the rest of your life. Does that sound like fun? Besides, if you do something you love, you'll end up making more money anyway- do some research if you don't believe me. If you're going to college to get a job, you belong in trade school; save your money and time.

Once again, do your homework! Consider all your options before making a decision, or you'll be very, very regretful.

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