I’m Kelsey, one of your ambassadors for the summer! I’ll be a senior at MSU and will hopefully be graduating in the spring with a degree in environmental studies and sustainability.
This is my first time living in East Lansing for the summer so I’m really getting into doing some exploring of the town and of Lansing. There are tons of really cool festivals that happen around here in the summertime that I can’t wait to check out.
P.S. – If you also like festivals there is a music festival in Lansing in early July just after you guys arrive that could be worth checking out. It’ll be happening July 5 and is called Common Ground Music Festival. It has headliners like AWOLNATION, Milky Chance, A$AP Rocky, French Montana, Jason Derulo, Dierks Bentley and lots of others.
I really love beer. Lansing is home to several craft breweries and distilleries (that make amazing craft cocktails) as well that have events going on all the time. If you also love beer (and are of age) I’d love for you to join me!
Michigan is also known as the Great Lakes State because we are surrounded by some of the largest lakes in the world. We are also called the Third Coast because we are only second to Alaska in having the longest coastline of any state in the US. Since we are surrounded by water, life on the lake in the summer is a huge part of Michigan culture. A lot of families have cottages on lakes or just plan to spend vacation time on them during the summer. This is something I look forward to every year. We say the lakes are “unsalted and shark-free”.
A couple of things to know/tips about Michigan/USA;
-You’ll get to know our terminology really well. The Mitten, pop, U.P, Trolls, Townies, and why we are constantly pointing to the backs of our hands are all things that will make sense to you in a few weeks’ time.
-Don’t pee in public. It’s a crime that’s enforced here more than in many of your home countries. It can land you in jail for public indecency. Just don’t do it.
Can’t wait to see you all at the airport! Go Green!
Interested in learning more about our programs and exchanges? Take a look at our website, americansemester.msu.edu, where you can find a variety of resources.