OAMI played an intricate role in my success here at the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. The pre-college program (GEAR UP) really meant a lot to me. I have been involved with this program since I was in the 8th grade. The chemistry between the staff and the students (the college students that work for them and the students that they serve) is so genuine. The Director and Assistant Directors really care about your well-being and academic success.
The GEAR UP family became my second family during my time here at the University.
Another great experience I was able to gain through OAMI was being a part of the 2015 Black Celebratory Planning Committee. The experience itself was powerful and fulfilling. It felt amazing to be a part of a team of students just like myself, and being able to honor all of the graduating African and African American students at the University.