As this is Michigan's big football recruiting weekend, I thought it might be worth starting a thread for our own stories about what led us to choose UM for college or grad school.
For me, I remember that some high school classmates of mine had organized a trip to Ann Arbor on what turned out to be the day of the UM-Duke hoops final in 1991. There were maybe 30 of us from Saginaw, and we rode down in a school bus at the crack of dawn. We first met with someone who must have been an academic counselor or something of that nature, who gave us the typical UM-is-a-great-school spiel. Then I think we got a campus tour, and then we were on our own all day. There was definitely a special buzz in the air, with the Fab Five and all. But being from Saginaw, which is the type of place where everyone drives everywhere all the time, I immediately fell in love with the extremely walkable Ann Arbor and its incredible businesses like Jerusalem Garden (I had never seen a falafel before!) and Raja Rani (Indian food, what!?) and Stairway to Heaven (you mean it's legal to sell this stuff!). I'd visited a number of college campuses to that point (State, Alma, Northwestern), but UM was the one that felt like a truly special place. Eighteen months later, I was moving into South Quad.
What led you to "commit" to Michigan?