Feb 01 2019

My College Bucket List: EMU Edition

by blogemu

Everyone should know what a bucket list is and if you don’t, it’s a list of really crazy, cool or awesome things you want to do before you well… kick the bucket. I think it is cool to have a bucket list for college too. Basically, it would be things you want to do before you graduate here at EMU. It could also include events EMU is apart of or it could just be about things to do in Ypsilanti in general. Plenty of us come from different cities, states, or even a different country altogether. You may not live in Ypsilanti year round or be around Eastern campus once you graduate so you should make a list of things you want to do before you walk across that stage. The list will motivate you to get out of your normal routine and stop and “smell the roses”. I personally made a list of things I would like to do here at Eastern and in Ypsi before I leave. Check it out, what would be on your EMU bucket list?

  • Be in an EMU Theatre production
  • Help volunteer on Eastern’s campus
  • Go to a basketball game decked out in all EMU gear
  • Go to a football game and sit in the first row of the student section
  • Attend a Comedy Night in the Student Center
  • Play the classic arcade games in the newly built Eateries
  • Try all the desert foods in The Commons and see which one is the best
  • Go to a new program in each Residence Hall
  • Go to a potluck dinner or a family dinner with friends
  • Perform in Poetry Society Showcase
  • Order a double meat burger from Smashburger
  • Take a yoga class at the Rec/IM
  • Join an intramural basketball league at the Rec/IM
  • Take pictures over Ford Lake
  • Have a photo shoot on the top of the parking garage in the summer
  • Play tag in Pray Harrold
  • Be in a Dodgeball tournament
  • See the leaves changes colors in the fall one last time
  • Try to run for Homecoming King
  • Meet President Smith

About the writer:
My name is Kevin Hillman and I am a junior here at Eastern Michigan University. I am studying Public Relations and I really enjoy going to the gym and hanging out with friends.

Jan 30 2019

Dear Incoming Freshmen,

by blogemu

Congratulations! You took a huge step towards being independent. You are finally able to embark on a new journey and further discover your own sense of identity. Before you start this new chapter of your life, let me offer some key tips to have a successful college experience.

Pictured: Dominick & fellow Eagle Band Members

Don’t Stress About Your Major
You have so much time to make a decision about what you want to do with your life. I have had FOUR different majors in my time at EMU ( and I’m a sophomore). The best way to find out what you are interested in is to make an attempt to join organizations on campus. Some of my best experiences from this school year took place during my involvement in student organizations.
Don’t Skip Classes
Skipping classes regularly is one of the biggest mistakes you can make in college. Most professors will deduct points from your grade if you miss their class constantly. If your professor does not take attendance on a regular basis but you still decide to skip class, you will miss out on important information all of the time. Don’t waste your own time and money by purposely missing classes.

Pictured: Dominick with friends

Treat Your Professors with Respect
Try your best to be attentive in class and have positive interactions with your professors. One day, you may have to come to them for a Letter of Recommendation. Also, if you find yourself struggling in a class, don’t be afraid to visit the professor during their office hours! Some professors tend to explain concepts more elaborately when speaking to an individual rather than a group of students, individual attention from a professor could lead to a better understanding of the content they are teaching.
Cherish Your Friendships & Don’t Be Too Involved
I, unfortunately, lost a dear friend who was the most influential person that I met at EMU. His death was very unexpected of course, but I truly wish that I would have spent more time with him instead of trying to be involved in nearly every organization on campus. Cherish the true friendships that you establish during your time in college. It’s great to be involved, but don’t overdo it to the point where you never see the people that you care about the most. Please do not take them for granted.

Pictured: Dominick with his friend, Laz who recently passed away

I hope these tips have helped and I wish you the best of luck with your college experience!!!

About the writer:
My name is Dominick Brooks and I am a sophomore majoring in Public Relations with a minor in marketing. I am a member of the Go Social Team and I thoroughly enjoy working for the Division of Communications. When I am not working, I love to sing and perform on trumpet. I am the lead male vocalist for the EMU Jazz Ensemble and perform at venues in the Ypsilanti area.

Jan 28 2019

Housing Application Launch

by blogemu

The housing application for the 2019-2020 school year is now live and active! If you haven’t applied for housing yet, you should do so as soon as possible as the priority period closes February 22nd, 2019 at 11:55pm.
Here are steps to follow to apply for housing:

  1. Go to www.emich.edu/residencelife/applications and select which category you fall under for your application (first-year student, current residents, transfer students, winter/summer housing, graduate students)
  2. You will be taken to a page that outlines detailed information and important dates (make sure to read all of this as certain things may pertain to you).
  3. Enter the housing portal and login using your emich username and password.
  4. Pay the $150 non-refundable deposit.
  5. Fill out the forms for housing and dining contracts, emergency contacts, resident and roommate information, any needs/accommodations, and if you have a preference towards a specific Living Learning Theme Community (LLTC).
  6. Write a personal description for potential roommates to find you. If you already have people you want to live with next year, make a roommate group to make it easier when room selection time comes.
  7. You’re done for the moment!

The application will close on February 22nd, 2019 at 11:55 pm. Housing will email out lottery times during the winter break at the end of February for students that applied during the priority period. The time slot will give a date and time for students to go back into the portal to pick their space between March 4th, 2019 at 10:00 am – March 11th, 2019 at 10:00 am. If you are in a roommate group, only the group leader has to pick the space. Once the room has been selected, users must finish their application by choosing a meal plan. Students in roommate groups will have to individually go in and pick their meal plan as the group leader cannot do this for each student. After this, no further action is necessary.
Anyone who didn’t apply during the priority period or who was not permitted to apply then, the application will reopen on March 11th, 2019 at 10:00 am for any remaining students to apply, select their space and pick a meal plan.
Read through all the information carefully on the website to answer any other questions you may have. Feel free to contact housing by email or through their social media platforms!
Happy Housing, Eagles!