There is lots to learn about the University and Martha Cook so here is a cheat sheet to make your life easier! These tips have been collected from past and current residents.
- A surge protector with as many outlets as possible in order to insure you have as many as you may need. You may also need an extension cord depending where your nearest socket is and where you want all of your electronics located.
- An extra lamp, preferably a really bright one or one of those with a ton of arms for extra lighting in your room.
- Make sure to have a good alarm clock. You don't want to sleep through your classes, especially the first week!
- It is highly recommended to bring a fan. There is no air conditioning and it can be really hot during the first couple weeks of school.
- Shower shoes are a must. Even though the bathrooms are cleaned daily, it's nice to have shoes on your feet when you are walking from the shower back to your dorm room!
- Bring two sets of towels. This will help you refrain from doing laundry another week if you have another set of hand/bath towels.
- A first aid kit is always a good addition: Band-Aids, Neosporin, anti-nausea, Tylenol, feminine products, NyQuil, etc.
- Toiletries, but don’t buy these until you get to Ann Arbor. We have a CVS on campus and Target/Meijer/other places close by. You don’t need to take up the room in your luggage!
- Shower caddies are also helpful when showering, as it makes it easier to carry your soap, shampoo, etc.
- It's highly recommended to bring a variety of tees, tanks, shorts, skirts, or sundresses, as the first month or so can be brutally hot. Don't bring too many though -- there will be lots of opportunities to get free shirts on campus!
- Make sure you have winter clothes! A good coat, some winter boots, gloves, hats... a good time to bring these to campus would be during/after fall break if you have the chance to go home. This will make move-in quicker if you don't have your heavy clothes!
- If you are into exercising, bring some clothes to workout in! Both the Central Campus Rec Building (CCRB) and the Intramural Sports Building (IM Building) have lap pools as well.
- We would recommend bringing clothes you can get dirty. A lot of different organizations (including Martha Cook!) love to go out and paint the rock, which can be quite messy!
- Michigan gear if you already have it, if not you can buy it anywhere. Go Blue!
- On Friday we have tea, so it might be nice to have some fun dress clothes! Dresses, skirts, slacks and nice shoes would be perfect! Then you can wear them again at the formal Sunday sit-down dinners!
- Rainboots! Campus is notorious for having puddles that are simply unavoidable.
- A nature photo if you do not have a view of the garden: Studies have shown that views of the outdoors can aid in productivity in work/school environments.
- If you want to fit things under your bed bring bed risers. Our beds are not the modular furniture used in other dorms and so our beds are not loftable. (But this isn't necessary because the rooms are so large)
- Bring a shower curtain if you want something to close your closet with. The closets do not have doors (unless your room has its closet out in the entry way)
- Bedding. Twin XL sheets, a mattress pad, blankets for when it gets cold, pillow(s), etc.
- School/desk supplies!
- Closet organizers/bins/what you need to keep yourself organized.
- A Laundry hamper will make your walks to the laundry room much easier!
- Wall art, decor -- the walls are a blank canvas!
- *Command Strips are your best friend. At Martha Cook push-pins (not allowed) cannot penetrate the walls, masking tape falls off, and other tape is not allowed. Use Command Strips to hang up pictures, calendars, mirrors, posters, everything.
- If you have a roommate talk with her so that you can share some items, like a fridge or extra light, and coordinate any other things.
- The lighter you pack the better.You accumulate stuff throughout the year and you move out with a lot more than you brought in. If you aren't sure you should buy something, wait until you move in and set up your room, you may decide that you want additional storage or don't need something..
- Move-in is busiest in the late morning-early afternoon. Be prepared for it to take some time to get all of your stuff in to your room. This is a great opportunity to meet residents and their families as everyone is moving in and helping each other out.
- Once you have unloaded you will need to move your car to a metered spot (remember to bring quarters, you will not be able to get change at the front desk) or to the Forest Ave Parking structure (on Forest ave between South University and Hill Street)
- Welcome Week will begin the evening of move-in day at 7pm with a fun event for all residents. We highly recommend attending. Martha Cook will be hosting daily events, in addition to the events put on by the University.
Getting to know Martha Cook
- The study rooms are a great place to study without going outside, especially in the cold. They are a great place to study late at night when your roommate is sleeping and you don't want to disturb her.
- While it is tempting to wait to eat dinner as late as you can so as to avoid hunger pains before bed, try not to since the popular dishes tend to run out.
- Friday afternoon tea is 3:30-5pm and the ultimate Martha Cook tradition. Residents are invited and encouraged to bring guests. We are known around campus for our "tea parties" and this is a great way to introduce your friends to the building.
- Get involved in the building! Your experience is what you make of it. Come to house board meetings and join a committee! If you have an idea for an social or service event, house board wants to hear it!
Getting to know the University
- Never schedule two classes back to back if they are on different campuses. They tell you to leave a half hour for travel time, but you should schedule enough time in case the buses are running late.
- Explore all the different libraries and study spots. Resident favorites include: the Grad Library stacks, Law Library Reading Room (the quietest place to study), the Art History Library, the Business School and the fish bowl.
- Get involved with clubs and campus organizations. Festifall is Thursday, September 10th from 11am-4pm on the Central Campus Diag. Hundreds of clubs will be out with free giveaways and information on their clubs, recruiting new members. Most will have mass meetings in the following weeks, so attend these to find out more about them and how to get involved.
- Football? Join your fellow Cookies for the first game-- there will be a group walking there together.
Classes and Academics
- Shop around for your textbooks. Sometimes websites like Amazon will have textbooks up to $100 cheaper than the on-campus bookstore price. Don't be afraid to connect your email to Amazon! Students get two day shipping!
- If you’re on a waitlist for a class you would really like to get into, go to the first class and talk with the professor and/or GSI. You may need to go to the second and third classes to show that you’re serious.
- Plan ahead. Try to plan a tentative class schedule a semester or more in advance so when it comes to backpacking and registering classes (which is usually during the most inconvenient times), it is not as stressful. It will also help you to take all of the classes you want to take before graduation, since so many classes are offered in the same semester every year.
- FInd other residents in your major or classes to form study groups, and get advice on classes and professors.
Most importantly, have fun Cookies! Don't be afraid to ask questions, and don't be afraid to get advice! Lets make it a great year!