im going to be a freshman this year... how is working at the dining halls?
I’ve never personally worked in the dining halls but I do know quite a few people who have. Generally it’s an easy job to obtain but if you stick with it, there is room for advancement. Tasks can vary from kitchen or dishroom work to serving the food to the public. Some people end up loving it because of the people, others can’t get past the idea of working in food service, so it’s hard to know how it’ll work out for any individual.
I work for another branch of Campus Living Services as a desk receptionist in my dorm complex, so I can definitely remark on the experience of working in the same place you live. It’s extremely convenient to just head downstairs and clock in and it also makes it easier to work in smaller shifts without feeling like you’re wasting your time. Also, working for the university pretty much guarantees you won’t have to worry about shifts conflicting with your classes or breaks.
It’s an established fact that a graduating class will raise money to present the university with a class gift. Notable class gifts that still stand today at our campus include “The Rock” (Class of 1873) and the previously mentioned drinking fountain for horses (Class of 1900).
However, the Class of 1937 was ambitious. Perhaps a bit too ambitious.
They decided their class gift would be a band shell, which would cost about $25,000 to complete.
But then again, perhaps they weren’t so ambitious at all.
Out of the $25,000 needed to build the structure, the class raised a total of just $2,447.
Somehow, it was built in 1938 despite this fact.
In its glory days, the band shell was the place to be for concerts, pep rallies, and commencement ceremonies. Designed by O.J. Munson, the structure was composed of several concentric arches that formed an Art Deco half-dome, complete with lighting for night performances and events.
Despite its popularity as a venue, the band shell would only survive for 22 years. Due to the increase in demand for classrooms and parking on north campus, the place where the band shell once stood is the location of both Bessey Hall and its adjacent parking ramp today. A commemorative plaque and historical marker indicate its previous location along the Red Cedar for any who pass through that area unaware of what once took place there.
I don’t know too much off the top of my head about the program, but I browsed around the department’s website and was able to find some more concrete information.
Psychology is actually the largest major at MSU, so there are a lot of opportunities just because of the sheer number of students studying in the program. From undergraduate research to study abroad to internships, there are a lot of possibilities to strengthen your experience beyond your coursework.
There are several different specializations in psychology that can be pursued in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Michigan State’s claim to fame in this particular field is their graduate program for organizational psychology, for which they have ranked #1 in the country for over ten years, according to US News & World Report.
I definitely encourage you to come out for a campus tour and to also make arrangements to meet with someone in the psychology department to get some further information and a specific tour of their facilities. Most departments are very happy to do this and it makes a big difference when you can see things in person!
Where is the drinking fountain/trough located on campus? I've never seen this before.
It’s between the Museum and Linton Hall in a tiny pocket of campus that doesn’t get much traffic these days, part of the green area known as the “Sacred Space” where some of the original university buildings stood.
Here’s an old photo that shows its placement in relation to Linton circa 1926:
And another showing how that relates to the landscape today (it’s next to the large tree on the right). It appears to have been moved due to the sidewalk/road being changed: