University of Michigan

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT: University of Michigan

Featuring an interview with University of Michigan senior student, Katherine Galen



The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor is known as the home of Victors Valiant and Leaders and Best, hosting over 43,000 students annually. The university is filled with culture and diversity with 30 libraries and 12 museums on campus. The campus provides a great atmosphere for those who enjoy being outdoors, including the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum with a new medicinal garden and a new hiking and biking trail. U-M Collegiate athletics are well-known staples in the Big 10 Conference, and has received championship titles for multiple sports over the years.

Ann Arbor is the sixth largest city in Michigan and is best known for its many cultural offerings, local restaurants and businesses, parks, events and festivals. The city is less than an hour drive to the Lake Erie coast, a perfect warm weekend getaway. With all that is going on in the city, students are sure to never have a dull moment.

Professional Athlete Tom Brady and Actress Lucy Lui are just a few noteworthy U-M Alumni.

We spoke with a student at the University of Michigan, here is what she has to say:


Name: Katherine Galen

Year: Senior

Major: Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience (BCN)

Hometown: Battle Creek, MI

University of Michigan

Why did you choose to attend UMICH?

As an incoming freshman, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to study.  U of M provided me with so many opportunities to explore my interests both in and out of the classroom, and I decided that it was the best fit for me!

What do you like most about UMICH?

 I really love the campus community! Ann Arbor is such an awesome place, and everyone on campus is very friendly. 

What do you like most about living in Ann Arbor?

 Ann Arbor in the summer time is the best place to be.  Anything that you could ever want to do, Ann Arbor has–Festivals, shopping, hiking, kayaking and most importantly eating! There is a little bit of everything and I never get bored!

What do you like to do for fun/extracurricular/hobbies?

 I am very involved with a nonprofit organization known as Dance Marathon.  We raise money and awareness for kids with disabilities in our community and at the end of the year, we celebrate all of our hard work at the 24-hour Marathon!  Besides DMUM, I also enjoy yoga and eating my way around Ann Arbor!

Do you have any advice for incoming freshman?

Try everything.  I entered my freshman year thinking I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted to do, but after taking advantage of all the opportunities UMICH has to offer, I changed my mind countless times.  It’s important to keep an open mind.  You learn a lot about yourself simply by trying new things.



If you are interested in attending University of Michigan, you can download the “Visit UMICH” mobile app. On the app you can take a virtual tour of campus or take a real GPS guided tour, see local restaurants and shops, view admissions information, learn about university top points of pride, and more!

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