By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor-in-Chief
A few weeks ago, I had a nice conversation with one of my mom’s coworkers, a University of Michigan-Dearborn graduate, who gave me advice when researching the university many years ago. We talked about my impending graduation, and she told me that she missed UM-Dearborn. It made me wonder this: what would I miss about UM-Dearborn?
Since then, I’ve compiled a mental list of things that I would miss about UM-Dearborn, and in true journalistic fashion, decided to share it via a column.
So, here goes.
I’ll miss the UM-Dearborn campus. Since I visited on a tour way back in the summer of 2010, I’ve always enjoyed how small the university is. You truly are a person and not just another face. Over the past five years, I’ve enjoyed running into people that I know personally and through student involvement, and seeing people in 2016 that I took classes with during my first semester.
I’ll miss the UM-Dearborn Fieldhouse. Many nights of my college career have been spent in this building. Besides the University Center — where I’ve spent most of my time — it’s like a second home. I’ve watched some great athletes and teams take the court or ice here, and have conducted many interviews for stories. While others may look at the Fieldhouse as a building that keeps them dry or warm when walking from its parking lot to CASL, I look at it as something else. Hockey coach Chris Haltinner said it best during a signing day in 2014: “this is your Yost.”
I’ll miss the long walks on campus. I’ve never been a fan of the parking situation at UM-Dearborn, but I believe you have to make the best out of it. And since I didn’t want to get here early in the morning, I would always park in the non-premium spots (in front of CASL and the UC) and prepare to walk. Some of my spots over the years included the parking garage, the CASL annex, the Henry Ford Estate and the Fieldhouse. And those walks to either CASL or the UC have been, well, long, but a great opportunity to think. It’s also nice exercise. What can beat that?
I’ll miss the second floor of the UC. When you’re against the whole “coming to class and leaving right away” thing, you gotta find a place to spend your time. And since the McKinley Cafe portion of the UC is a zoo during the university’s peak hours, the second floor was my choice. And it worked out quite well with being involved. You have so many people on the same floor, so many things to do and bathrooms that not many folks know about. What more do you need? That leads into the next thing…
I’ll miss my fellow student organization leaders. I’ve been involved in student life since my first day of college. When you do that, you’re bound to grow up with people. As was the case with folks like Bradley Pischea and Matt Myers. And of course those quick chats turned 30-minute conversations with Demy Nasol.
I’ll miss the faculty members that have crossed my path over the years. Some are from the Fieldhouse and some spend their days in the UC. And others are professors and administration. There are too many to list, but I’ve enjoyed either working with them or learning from them.
I’ll miss Mondays. Most people view the day as this horrible thing. But for me, Mondays during the school year have been awesome the past three years; it is production day for the Michigan Journal. It is a day where all the hard work from the week pays off in the form of a printed newspaper, where you spend hours inside the Journal’s office alongside some talented people, all for one common goal. While we’re at it, I’ll miss the place where the magic happens: the Journal’s office. I’ve been blessed to have access to an office since my first day of classes, but there’s just something about the Journal’s office. It’s a special place to me.
But most of all, I’ll miss my experiences and time at UM-Dearborn. This university is the only one I applied to as a high school student. I didn’t want to go anywhere else. And once I arrived, I didn’t want to be anywhere else. I have so many memories from my five years here and have met so many great people. A lot of people use the “There’s no place like home” saying when talking about the Ann Arbor campus, but I certainly feel it with UM-Dearborn.