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Leaders and Best

Applications are now available for first and second year students who wish to participate in the the Leaders and Best program for the 2015-2016 academic year




The Leaders and Best Program is designed to help you achieve
professionally and personally.

The Leaders and Best program was created to assist incoming first and second year students at University of Michigan make a successful transition from high school to college. Our mission is to provide informative and interactive programmingand support systems to foster the holistic development of our students. We work with students throughout the entire academic year to implement educational and social programming that fosters an environment that is welcoming to all members of the U-M community. We aim:

  • To be a resource for first and second year students seeking to maximize their collegiate experience
  • To foster a welcoming atmosphere that encourages the development of lasting friendships and networks
  • To provide the tools necessary to become academically successful at the Universityof Michigan
  • To connect with campus and community resources that address the diverse needs and interests of our protégés
  • To inspire students to persevere in the face of adversity, welcome challenges and
    strive for excellence


-- The Leaders and Best program is funded by the State of Michigan's King-Chavez Parks Initiative and the University of Michigan.


What is the Leaders and Best Program?

  • A program designed to enhance your experiences and academic success at U-M
  • A compass to help you connect to campus and community resources that fit your
    diverse needs and interest.
  • A community of students and staff interested in enhancing your academic, social,
    and cultural environment


What does Leaders and Best OFfer?

Mentorship from successful students
Each protégé is matched with an Academic Success Partner (ASP). ASPs are

advanced students (junior or senior) who are academically successful, active on
campus activities and have shown top-notch leadership skills.

Leaders and Best (LAB) Academy Workshop Series
Interactive workshops and guest speakers, designed to help first year students navigate the campus and become an active member of the University community.

Protégé Network
Each protégé will also be part of a community of students and staff interested in enhancing their academic, social and cultural environment. We sponsor fun social activities and opportunities for students to meet and network with students and staff.

Recent workshops include:

  • Understanding Financial Aid and Money Management for College Students
  • You CAN get a 4.0 GPA! Becoming Academically Successful at U-M
  • Internships 101: How to find and get internships and good summer jobs
  • Writing for Success: Strategies for successful writing at the college level
    Apply Now for the program as a first or second year student.

    For further information, please contact the program director:
    Rochelle L. Woods, Ph.D.
    3009 Student Activities Bldg.
    515 E. Jefferson
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316
    Phone: (734) 936-1055
    Fax: (734) 764-3595

Student Testimonials

"My ASP just showed me a lot of different things, introduced me to a lot of
organizations and I like having [my ASP] there to kind of guide me in my

extracurricular life."
- George, first year student

"It's nice to know that you can talk to your ASP if you're having trouble in a class...we just meet and talk about everything."
- Michelle, first year student

"Whenever I had something going on, whether personal or academic, I always felt I could come to my ASP, because she's a really open person and I felt I could share anything with her."
- Marlene, second year student

"The workshops were very well put together and highly motivating. I truly enjoyed
learning about the topics."
- Roberto, second year student

Top 10 Tips for Success

  1. Prepare for Class, Go to Class and Participate in Class
  2. Ask For Help: Make use of all the university resources
  3. Get to Know Your Professors and GSIs
  4. Be an Early Bird: Don't do papers and assignments at the last minute
  5. Plan Ahead to Get Ahead: It's never too early to start investigating career and graduate education possibilities.
  6. Study Hard, Study Smart!: You should be engaged in academic work—studying, writing papers, doing homework, etc. 2–4 hours for every hour of class per week.
    14 credit hours = 28–56 hours per week of class work
  7. Get a handle on your finances: Say no to overspending and credit card debt
  8. Aim High!: A GPA of 3.0 or above will increase your opportunities during and after college.
  9. Don't Party Hard: Socializing and extracurricular activities should take a backseat to academics.
  10. Use Your Time Wisely: Study at least 5 days per week
BONUS: Meet with your Academic Success Partner regularly and attend our monthly workshops


Pathways Academic Success Guide (file size: 1.2MB)

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