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Explore Michigan: Winter Fun in the Mitten

The days are short and the weather is cold and snowy. Don't fret though, because you live in Michigan, where there's enjoyment to be had in all seasons. Winter is one of my personal favorites because there are so many activities that you can only do when the weather is cold and there's snow on the ground. Lucky for you, Ann Arbor is one of the best places to take advantage of the season. If you're up for a day or weekend trip, the west side of the state and upper Michigan are some of the snowiest places in the U.S., thanks to the plentiful lake-effect snow dumped on us by the Great Lakes every year. In this post, I share my favorite winter activities, and how and where you can enjoy them.

The views expressed in this post are the author’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Rackham Graduate School or the University of Michigan.

Explore Michigan: Experience Nature

Two years ago, when I first started writing for the Rackham blog, I wrote a post about beach towns on Lake Michigan. That summer, I got engaged on a Lake Michigan beach. And, last month, I got married on that beach. For the wedding, we rented Camp Blodgett in the small town of West Olive, which, during the week, is home to a summer camp for kids. Camp Blodgett was the gorgeous, outdoor location that my wife and I love. We could look out at the vast beauty of Lake Michigan, feel the fine sand between our toes as we walked down to the beach, and have a bonfire with our family and friends. After the wedding, we went to Alaska for the honeymoon, and spent much of our time outdoors experiencing nature. We had a wonderful time and made lots of great memories.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: A White Student's Perspective

Prelude: In light of recent events, I want to let all readers know that regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual identity, etc., in my opinion, you belong here at Michigan. I believe our diversity makes us stronger, and I think that I speak for most of my classmates when I say that you have an ally in us.