The last three years I have had the fortune of being a student at the University of Michigan, due to a combination of reasons I am going back home to Louisiana to finish school at LSU. From what I've seen so far both have great atmospheres when it comes to school spirit. Unfortunately from what I have seen at LSU both from the students and the administration is that the school spirit only applies to sports. The curriculum at LSU which I would imagine applies to many schools in the SEC is pathetic. It was a huge pain in the butt getting them to accept many of my credits from Michigan. Many of the classes they are requiring me to take are completely irrelevant and a waste of time. Hopefully Ill be prepared for the FE exam next April.
This isn't meant to be a rant of elitism, LSU has plenty of smart and stupid people, good and bad professors, just like there are at Michigan. This is mostly me reflecting on how the University of Michigan along with other programs in the Big Ten reflect most what college is about (balancing your priorities in sports, friendships, academics, etc). One thing that I am glad I am able to leave Michigan with is the sense that I learned what school spirit is all about. No other university in America comes close to the complete package that Michigan offers (great sports, great atmosphere, outstanding academics, diverse student body, etc). Even as much as people at Michigan like to say to OSU fans, that university has an excellent reputation compared to many other public universities.