10.) I went to Michigan State University.
And I am PROUD to be a Spartan! Growing up in Michigan, I was vaguely aware of the rivalry between University of Michigan (UofM) and Michigan State University (MSU). I really didn’t pick sides on the matter until I was a student at MSU.
The deciding factors for me were the amount of “green” space and the specialty programs. I graduated from what was Lyman Briggs School in the College of Natural Science. LBS is now LBC – it’s been reinstated to college status in the last year. What LBS meant to me was a uniquely challenging curriculum that integrated the sciences with art/philosophy/politics/pop culture. You didn’t just learn about science, you also learned how it interracted with society as a whole.
LBS was also a residential college – which meant that I got to live in a huge dorm that largely consisted of other science-minded kids like me. This was great because it gave me the freedom to fully be my “nerdy, tree-hugging, lab geek” self while I lived there. It was also a safe place to do class/dinner/game-room time in my own little corner of a huge campus. It really was the best of both worlds: Small college with lots of personal attention in the midst of a Large, Big Ten University.
As for the green space: My dorm window overlooked a large woodland, and there are lots of parks and natural woods distributed throughout campus. I still love to walk in the Rose Garden, or the 4-H Children’s Garden – or Beale natural area.
MSU was a place where I could breathe.
I definitely made the right choice for me, and I haven’t once looked back with regret. I made great friends, had lots of good & bad life experiences, learned to live on my own, grew up a WHOLE lot, and enjoyed some awesome Big Ten sports along the way.