Essays on the reasons young adults would move to, stay in or leave Michigan

Guest Essays

A Convergence of Higher Education and Quality of Life

by
Laurel Sutherland
Monday, May 17, 2010

There is only a short stretch of road separating two of Michigan’s vibrant communities: Lansing and East Lansing. One city is home to the capitol of a state working to expand and diversify its economy and culture, the other is home to a dynamic Big Ten university. »

We Are Outliers

by
Rob McIntosh
Thursday, May 13, 2010

I recently finished reading the book Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell. The book chronicles several instances in which people became successful not based on talent or merit alone, but because of chance opportunities and advantages that were given to them, such as where and when they were born. »

Lansing’s Entrepreneurial Revival

by
Kelly Steffen
Friday, February 26, 2010

As a student entrepreneur at Michigan State University, I am pleasantly overwhelmed by the amount of resources available in the Lansing region for me to develop my innovative ideas. »

Community Ties: Tying People to Their Michigan Community

by
Becky Roth
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Community Ties: Tying People to Their Michigan Community

Many people think that rural Michigan doesn’t have much to offer –- especially in a world abundant in technology. Talk to some young people about their perceptions of “up north” and you’ll hear adjectives such as old fashioned, outdated, farms, boring, and nothingness. »

The New Age of Education: We Need It

by
Eric Jorgenson
Monday, January 25, 2010

For most of Gen-Y, education is not something that is truly adding value to our lives. We all know that we need the experience, need to put in the time, and most of all, need the degree. But less and less of the educational journey itself is applicable to the way that... »

Why I Left Michigan, But Will (Probably) Come Back

by
Stephen Kokx
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Why I Left Michigan, But Will (Probably) Come Back

Michigan is truly a special place to live. It is home to beautiful summers, amazing golf courses, distinguished philanthropic organizations, and of course thousands of lakes that provide indescribable pleasures. But Michigan is also known for the nation’s highest unemployment rate... »

The Great Job Myth

by
Dan Redford
Tuesday, December 22, 2009

At some time during every student’s senior year in college, one thing invariably happens: A meltdown. Why? Because of the question ”What are you doing when you graduate?” »

The Mitten: One Size Fits Most?

by
Ruth Terry
Monday, December 14, 2009
The Mitten: One Size Fits Most?

Oversimplified arguments for pledging allegiance to Michigan willfully ignore infrastructure-dependent jobs, the near impossibility of raising capital for start-ups, and the time it will take most people to turn a profit. »

Rethinking ‘Talent Retention’

by
Kelly Steffen
Monday, December 7, 2009

In my mind, there are three components to talent invigoration: showing students who want to stay here that there are a lot of great opportunities for them, attracting other young adults to the region, and keeping those who want to leave connected to the region in order to provide value. »

What Gen-Y (Really) Wants

by
Nathan Bashaw
Thursday, December 3, 2009

I've noticed something different about Gen Y. We're really ambitious, and we need our work to be meaningful. Something about slaving away, just for the money, doesn't feel right to us. »

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