ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan


What are you hoping to gain from your time at Michigan? To take advantage of your experience, ALA 171: Making the Most of Michigan, is a 7-week activity-based course designed to help students get involved, meet people, and present themselves professionally to the world at large.

Students in the course:

  • Visit and learn about resources across the university campus
  • Create online portfolios that detail their goals, aspirations, and key experiences and connect them to career networking tools such as LinkedIn, Handshake, and UCAN
  • Explore social identities and build important communication skills across differences
  • Grow as leaders in the diverse Michigan community

Facilitated by upper-level students, this course creates an environment for students to share perspectives and ideas. It is recommended for all students in their first year at U-M. Ultimately, Making the Most of Michigan is making Michigan yours!  

Course requirements

Attend class conducted weekly in-person, complete assignments, and participate in one MPortfolio showcase during the last class session.   

Intended audience

Students in their first year at U-M.   


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