Hometown: Chicago, IL | Major: Mechanical Engineering | Minor: Economics and International Spanish
Alpha Phi Omega | Racial Justice involvement | Canterbury House
It's a safe spot for me to hang out and express myself.
They have a great mechanical engineering program and so much snow.
It's been great overall, but a little bit of a struggle when it comes to race and gender.
It's a great school, but takes some getting used to for students of a more diverse background.
Major: Chemical Engineering
Member of the Michigan Tech Dance Team | SWE member, Resident Assistant | Alternative
Energy Enterprise Biofuels Team | MiCUP alumni | Participant in 2015 Fall Academic
Don’t try to conquer all your challenges alone. CDI can be your safe place and your champion to help you reach your goals, too!
I started at CDI during MiCUP in the summer before my official first semester. MiCUP
was an opportunity to get into university research and other resources that were not
available at my community college. During this time, I helped graduate students in
Dr. Brad King’s lab with their work on carbon-filled polymer composites. At the end
of MiCUP I gave a poster presentation on my experience and what I learned in another
experience I didn’t have access to at my community college. All along the way I had
CDI's guidance to help answer questions or ease concerns. CDI’s guidance introduced
me to the Fall Academic Research (FAR) program to which I applied and was accepted.
This program was another opportunity to get involved in research, which again, I did
not have the chance to do at my community college. During this time, I worked in Dr.
Adrienne Minerick’s Medical Microdevice—Engineering Research Laboratory (MD-ERL) with
dielectric responses of human mesenchymal stem cells.
At the end of this program, I had gained more experience in a laboratory setting and wrote a proposal to continue this research in the summer through the Student Undergraduate Research Funding (SURF). My proposal from the FAR program was one of the few proposals selected for funding.
But the credit is not all mine. CDI provided me with resources and workshops, support and guidance that helped me build the best proposal that I could.
CDI has been the home base for me as I began my transition from a community college
student to a university student.
All along the way, I had people to talk to about my struggles with my transition, to connect me to the correct individuals, and support my endeavors. CDI is a safe place to ask questions and ask for help.
At a technological university, I am surrounded by brilliant people. Asking for help can be hard sometimes. Especially when it seems as if everyone has it figured out but you! I come to CDI because I get the support I need from them and the opportunities to thrive, even as a transfer student.
It was between University of Michigan and Michigan Tech. Doing research proved that
either would be a prestigious school to get a degree from, which made the decision
even harder. Deciding factors for me were my graduation timeline and cost of attendance.
I knew I could get scholarships from Michigan Tech to help me pay my way through.
I was given a scholarship based on merit, and just for being a transfer student!
I also wanted to integrate into school and graduate as quickly as possible. Tech and my community college have a partnership that made transferring extremely smooth. They both did a wonderful job. I was able to transfer about 95 percent of my credits from my community college to use for my degree.
I was able to start my transition from Delta College to Tech in summer 2015 when I was accepted into MiCUP (Michigan College/University Partnership Program) that CDI administers at Tech during the summer before I began as a full-time student. This program introduced me to faculty that I would be working with in my department, allowed me to take a three-credit class to go toward my degree, and let me experience the area to see if it was a good fit for me. This program was extremely impactful and opened up numerous doors for me with all of the relationships I have built through the MiCUP program. Getting that kind of experience before I dove into the school year made choosing Tech an easy decision.
I cannot believe the amount of experience I have had in just a year. I have been a
part of two different undergraduate research projects, I have been hired as a university
employee as a Resident Assistant which is a job I really enjoy, I have joined an enterprise
team (Alternative Energy Enterprise Biofuels), I have made great friends and study
groups, and am part of two student organizations! With all of these experiences, my
experience at Tech thus far has been a busy one. There is so much going on all the
time that I am able to get involved in, in addition to classes. I have a full-time
student’s course load and I have a full social life. I don’t feel as if I am lacking
any forum to express myself and make me happy.
At Tech I feel fulfilled. I have avenues to explore and express myself.
All of these opportunities allow me to find many different groups, peers that I identify with and who help me in all types of ways.
Just come and check it out. Sign up with housing to be part of the Husky Host program—get
a chance to see what it is like to be a student in the residence halls for a night.
It is a great way to see what you will experience if you attend school here.
Also, assess what your personal and academic goals are. What do you want to accomplish? What student organizations do you want to be a part of? See if Tech can fulfill your vision! I am very confident that Tech can give you all kinds of opportunities to reach your goals. Do you want to be in undergraduate research, or be a published author on a research paper? Do you want to be a part of a collegiate sports team or a Super Smash club?
Regardless of whether you choose Tech or not, make sure that the school you attend has what you are interested in. If you do choose to attend Tech, use CDI as a resource. There are a lot of things that make attending school difficult. Don’t try to conquer all your challenges alone. CDI can be your safe place and your champion to help you reach your goals, too!
Hometown: Berville, MI | Major: Mechanical Engineering
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
To socialize and to find help with on-campus resources.
The quality of the school and its proximity to a reservation.
Difficult and life-changing, but fun.
Be prepared for a difficult few years, but remember to enjoy it as well.
Hometown: New Buffalo, MI | Major: Physics and Computer Science | Minor: Spanish and Astrophysics
Automotive security testing and Cyber Security
Treasurer of Keweenaw Pride
As a member of the queer community I sought out a safe space that would allow me to give myself to self-expression and acceptance. I enjoy the breadth of individuals that I encounter when I go into CDI.
The location and the fact that there is a ski hill right next to it. Also the hiring rate.
I love Michigan Tech. I have had mostly only good experiences. The community is a lot more accepting than you would initially think because of the isolation and primary composite of students.
I have had individuals from my hometown ask if I would recommend coming to Tech, and I have said most definitely. It is a great school that is more accepting, in my experience, than I would have initially expected.