While some Central Michigan University students chose to go home or vacation this summer, others opted to stay around Mount Pleasant.
Many of those who did stay in the city this summer found work at summer jobs, hung out with friends and even took some extra college courses.
Otisville senior Alexandra Middlewood said she stayed in Mount Pleasant this summer to take some extra courses and to work a summer job.
“I both worked on campus and took classes,” Middlewood said. “I took two classes; FNS 370: Nutrition and GEO 105: Physical Geography. I really enjoyed both of them, even though they’re not even close to my major or field of study.”
Middlewood, the former president of the CMU College Democrats, said she used her summer to prepare for the GRE, a standardized test and admissions requirement for many graduate schools in the United States. Outside of preparing for school, Middlewood also made time to socialize.
“I hung out with the few friends I have who stayed in Mount Pleasant for the summer and made a few new ones along the way,” she said. “I’ve just been working, going to class, preparing for the GRE and getting ready to apply to grad schools this fall.”
Others, too, spent time at work and in the classroom but made time for fun as well.
Beaver Island senior Andrea Moore said she spent her time in Mount Pleasant working on campus and taking classes, but had plenty of time to travel.
“Other than visiting Washington state, this summer was mostly work and homework; however I did go to Midland a few times, visited with a few friends and went for a motorcycle ride,” she said. “After a week of vacation, I returned to CMU and worked at CMU’s chemistry department stockroom.”
Moore said Mount Pleasant is very different during the summer months compared to the school year, and that staying in town during this time is a worthwhile experience.
“Mount Pleasant is amazing in the summer, and I definitely recommend students staying at least one summer during their college careers so they can see Mount Pleasant for more than just a college town,” she said.