Anyone who has ever even begun to approach deciding which university they wanted to attend knows that this process can be a challenging one. There are so many moving pieces that go into doing your research and figuring out which universities’ values align with your own. From figuring out how student loans work to looking into which courses were going to be the most enjoyable and useful to my career after graduation, and every point in between and beyond, this was a process that I knew was going to take more time than simply looking at university websites and making a judgement call off those.
When I was figuring out which university I wanted to go to, I knew that it had to be an environment that made me feel comfortable and driven in equal measure. Believe it or not, this balance is more challenging to achieve than you might think. This is exactly why, when I found the University of Minnesota, I was so overwhelmed with excitement and gratitude. I just had a feeling straight away after stepping foot on campus that this was the place for me. After so much research, I knew I had found the university I wanted to go to. Today, I have never been more thankful for my decision.
As a full-time university student, I am thankful to attend a university that genuinely values academic integrity and excellence in one hand. While of course academic excellence itself is the ultimate goal of the university experience, there is just as much importance in offering adequate and appropriately structured support systems for students to access throughout the process. Whether this is pin boards for study groups, online group chats for students to bounce ideas off of one another, or a psychologist that is hired out or recommended by the school itself, the point is always the same: academic excellence is great, however so is having the support to properly navigate the process.
A healthy respect for students’ health
The University of Minnesota values not only academic excellence, but also the health and wellbeing of its students. Prior to attending university myself, I had heard so many horror stories about students who attended universities that offered little to no support for their students’ health and wellbeing (and that was even if they cared enough to offer any kind of support at all). The University of Minnesota has a healthy respect for students’ health and this is one of the biggest and most important reasons that I will always respect and recommend this university to anyone who asks me about my own experience and if I wish I had chosen another university (spoiler alert: I never wish that. I genuinely feel that it doesn’t get better than the University of Minnesota).
Network connections in the right places
There is one more shining jewel of the University of Minnesota that makes me so proud to have gone here. This is a university that understands the value of making network connections early on in one’s career (or even before the career in question has even begun, for that matter) and building on those connections in exciting and fresh ways. Networking events and advertisements on campus and online have made it easy to establish a solid understanding not just of the theoretical work in class but the reality of the industry before I have even stepped into it myself.