Ann Arbor, MI — October 13, 2015 — One of the first students from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry who is among the first group of professional and graduate students to live in the new Munger Graduate Residences says his experiences have been “fantastic. I have met so many great people from all 19 schools and colleges here at Michigan.”
Jeffrey Choi, a third-year dental student, says, “This is the first time I have been able to interact with individuals outside the dental school. It’s absolutely amazing.” Choi says he lives in a suite with a student from the College of Pharmacy, the School of Natural Resources and Environment, the School of Social Work, and the College of Engineering.
“Every individual here is unique and diverse academically, socially, and culturally. I feel like I’m making some positive connections that I may one day be able to use in my future dental career,” he says.
Choi says there are more than 20 first-year dental students living in the Munger Graduate Residences. “I think this is just the beginning. I believe we can possibly leverage our presence for prospective students. Where else,” he asks rhetorically, “would you be able to live with four or more other graduate students from the highest-rated programs in the nation?”
Munger, a U-M alumnus, studied mathematics at U-M in the 1940s and has been vice chair of Berkshire Hathaway since 1978. He gifted $110 million of securities to support his vision for a new state-of-the-art residence hall on the Central Campus designed to foster a community where graduate students from multiple disciplines can live and exchange ideas. His gift is the largest single donation to the university of its 196-year history. He has been a major benefactor to U-M, lectured at various schools and colleges on the campus, and has advised the university on its investments.