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Enrolling at U-M has turned me into some kind of schizophrenic mutant. All of my other friends got this out of their system during the undergraduate years, I assume, so they aren't very sympathetic to my confusion and observations.

I've spent my whole life avoiding campus for fear of hitting pedestrian students with my car and now I am one of them. I'm a townie but I'm a student. I'm running myself over and telling myself to go back to where I came from, sneering at myself and blocking myself in traffic by crossing against the light.

I am constantly amazed by the side of Ann Arbor that I never knew. Since I went to a small college and never spent much time on U-M's campus, particularly during the school day, I didn't really know what it's like on a large university campus. At Albion, you can tell when the hour strikes because the empty campus fills with people going from one class to another, from class to their dorm, or vice versa. During the hour, there are only a few scattered people running errands or doing other things. Here at Michigan, there are hundreds of people everywhere you go at any time of the day.

I don't know if it's good or bad - I'm just struck by how different it is and by the fact that I never knew that all of this was going on in my own town.

srah - Thursday, 4 September 2003 - 4:03 PM
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Comments (2)

gravatar katie - September 4, 2003 - 7:15 PM -

It's not actually how it is. All those people are just playing a really funny practical joke on you to freak you out.

gravatar Cheryl - September 5, 2003 - 4:16 PM -

I was always very sympathetic to the drivers because I knew what it was like to drive there. So sometimes I'd let them go. Have any students been killed on the two way streets yet? Or even slightly run down?

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