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Michigan Time ruined my life

December 31, 2009 - Nikki Younk
I don’t think that I’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution. I think if you need to change, you should just do it. You don’t need to wait for the new year to begin.

I can’t say that there’s much I’d like to change about me anyway. That’s right, I’m near perfect.

However, one thing that could use some changing is my (lack of) punctuality. But hey, I blame that on my four-year stint at U of M.

See, down in Ann Arbor, we planned everything according to Michigan Time. Michigan Time means that you get an extra ten minutes to arrive somewhere. Have a Spanish class scheduled at 10 a.m.? You have until 10:10 a.m. to get there before you’re considered tardy. That means that a one-hour class is actually only 50 minutes long. Nice, right?

Michigan Time was created to allow those lowly North Campus dwellers (who live about a ten-minute bus ride from most campus buildings in central Ann Arbor) to get to their classes on time.

Of course, this extra ten minutes rule then carries over into every other part of your life. Student jobs, social activities, personal commitments, etc.

Now, two and a half years later, I still can’t get over it. I tell friends that I’ll meet them for lunch in twenty minutes. I really mean thirty minutes. I arrive at work at 8:34 a.m. (when I’m supposed to be there at 8:30 a.m.) and I consider myself early.

It’s difficult, almost impossible, to break my mindset. But I’ll try to do it. Maybe. Just give me another 10 minutes.


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