November 20, 2015

Molly: Living the grad life

Interprofessional living brings new ideas and interests

Students chat at the Munger Graduate Residences

Molly is a first-year med student and one of the first to move into the newest housing option on campus. Here she talks about why she chose the Munger Graduate Residences and offers an inside look at this innovative approach to shared living space:

“I was really excited about the idea of living with students in other graduate schools. I also wanted my living space to be a place where I could escape the intensity and focus of medical school, and be reminded of all the other things going on outside the hospital.

“Basically everyone I meet here I would not have met if I lived anywhere else on campus. I have six roommates from five other graduate schools at the university. It has been great to spend time with them, giving me a second social circle and people to hang out with if I need a study break.

I like being able to come home and ask someone how their day was and get an answer that is different from mine. Conversations with my roommates help me keep up with what’s happening on campus and in the media, and help me maintain perspective. The fact that we are all grad students means my roommates are respectful of each other’s time and space.

Molly, U-M medical student, talking about life at the Munger Graduate Residences

“There are five M1s living in Munger and a similar number of M2s. We are definitely in the minority. Most of the people I know well in Munger are in my suite, and are not people I would have otherwise met. One of my roommates, for example, is in the third year of a civil engineering PhD. He’s from Tokyo and programs the cameras that allow drones to have special awareness when they fly so they don’t run into things.

“I’ve also met a number of Law and Pharmacy students who come over to hang out with my roommates and a few students in Public Health and Education schools that work as staff in the building.

“I would definitely encourage prospective students to live in Munger, especially if they did not go to undergrad at Michigan. I think it’s a great way to meet people outside the med school.”

Molly’s Favorite Things About Munger

  • Great common spaces both in apartments and building – including quiet study areas.
  • Pantry store: “A convenient place to grab essentials if I don’t feel like going to the grocery store after quizzing.”
  • Private room and bathroom. “Need I say more.”
  • Close to town: “I love being able to walk to the restaurants or bars downtown.”
  • Other amenities: “Printers, which I use a lot. The gym, which I don’t use at all but sometimes I think about using …”