Distinctly Detroit Podcast: Feodies Shipp III

Feodies Shipp III was born and raised in Detroit and lived in the city until he attended the University of Michigan. After graduating, he began working at the university and never left the company before moving to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. However, when Shipp saw the opportunity to combine his passion for the city of Detroit with UM, he had to seize it. He started his career in 2011 at the UM Detroit Center.

When asked about the transition from Detroit to college in Ann Arbor, Feodies said the six-week Summer Bridge program helped with the transition.

“And during those six weeks, you regularly take college classes. But more importantly, you have the opportunity to adjust socially to campus and learn how much you think all college students are mature enough to have all entered high school. I had all of these expectations of people who are so worldly, so smart, and so mature. And not to say I didn’t find these people, but I was really surprised. So many ordinary people still go to college. And that was one of the biggest adjustments made socially to deal with expectations.

“But overall, coming from Detroit and going to U of M was different because Detroit is mostly an African American city. And my senior class had over 600 students, but maybe four or five white students. Dealing with the transition to a real minority or a minority was a little different in this regard. But it gave me the opportunity to broaden my horizons, meet many new and different types of people from different walks of life, which was great. “

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