Short Articles Written by Wildcats

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Breaking into the Sports Industry: From NMU to the NHL, NBA, MLB and Beyond

Breaking into the Sports Industry: From NMU to the NHL, NBA, MLB and Beyond

I was uncertain of my major while attending Northern Michigan University. As a freshman I knew I was interested in sports and enrolled in the Entertainment & Sports Promotion program in the Communications Department. This opened my eyes to working sports games and learning skills that eventually lead me to work for organizations like the Chi...

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Woman Fishing

Calling Others In

“One of us is not free until all of us are free.” – Fannie Lou Hamer

I’ve been reflecting on this meditation quite a bit lately. To take this a step further, if we want to love others, each of us must have the courage to be our fullest, most authentic selves and intentionally create spaces where others can feel safe enough to do the same...

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From Closeted at NMU to being the Mayor of the "Hottest Gay Destination" in Michigan

I arrived at NMU in late 1983 as a grad student and newly hired Hall Director.  As I look back almost 40 years and reflect on Northern and Marquette and being a young professional struggling with her identity, I can honestly say that NMU at that time was not the safest place to be out.  A lot has changed since 1987 and I have watched NMU change ...

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A School to Best Help Me Achieve My Vision

I realized my ideas about my future had shifted, and as my dreams changed, I decided that I needed to find a school that would best help me achieve that vision. So, I enrolled at Northern Michigan University and began my business degree.

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Organization Tips for Any Student

Worried about finding the balance between your academics, clubs, work, and having fun? Staying organized is the absolute best way to help you be involved and stay in good academic standing. Whether you are just starting college, or in your final year at NMU, these tips are easy to implement for any student to stay organized.

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Cultivating Intentional Community

Alexa Alagon ’17 Outdoor Recreation, Leadership and Management, shares how cultivating intentional spaces in outdoor experiences allows everyone to find joy and connection. Read what being a modern-day Asian American Pacific Islander Woman means to her.

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A student experience that changed my entire career

A Student Experience That Changed My Entire Career

Little did I know that one typically atypical day at the office as a student writer was going to change my life and the trajectory of my career.

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They still need you

They Still Need You

Having your child away at college is bittersweet as a parent. You are excited for them – excited for the new experiences they will have, excited for the new friends they will make, excited for them to find what they want to be when they grow up, and excited for them to flourish and thrive and gain independence.

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Financial Aid FAQs

Financial Aid FAQs

Financial aid can sometimes be tricky to understand. Thankfully you are not alone. In this article, we answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding financial aid at NMU.

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What are you going to do with that degree?

"What Are You Going To Do With That Degree?"

One morning, a friend’s mom said to me, “What are you going to do with that degree? The industry is dying.” Well… as we look back, we know the industry didn’t die. Yet those words drowned my soul and had me questioning everything. Was this a “smart” major? Would I be able to find work?

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Watching my daughter grow at NMU

Watching My Daughter Grow at NMU

Four years ago my daughter, after visiting several colleges, chose NMU. I, for the life of me, could not figure out why. Still, her mind was made up and I knew better than to debate. And now that she is ready to graduate (within 4 years), I am proud of the woman she has become.

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Overcoming self-doubt

NMU Alumna Talks Overcoming Self-Doubt

When I was in high school, I didn’t feel supported; I felt like a number. As a student at NMU, I had a team of faculty and staff who believed in me from day one. It was the support I received there that allowed me to see my potential and work through my own feelings of self-doubt. Today, I provide similar support to my clients.

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Helpful tips for a Wildcat parent

Helpful Tips for a Wildcat Parent

Sending your child away to college can be scary, even if they are considered adults now. Let us help ease your worries by answering some of your most frequently asked questions regarding jobs, vehicles, weather, living on campus, keeping in contact, and more.

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From coming out to calling in: A success story

From Coming Out to Calling In: A Success Story

Let’s cut to the chase. As a freshman in college, I figured out that I am gay. Now, over a decade later, I live proudly as a queer leader in my community. In so many ways, I have NMU to thank for that.

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Working a part-time job in college

Working a Part-Time Job in College

Coming into my first year at NMU, I debated if or when I should get a part-time job. I had worked throughout high school, but my college classes were different. I worried I wouldn't be able to manage my course load while working. At the end of the day, it all came down to one simple fact… I needed money.

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Dealing with burnout in college

Dealing With Burnout In College

No matter how long or hard you work, you need to take time for yourself. Life as a college student isn’t easy and the COVID-19 pandemic hasn’t made it any easier. Now more than ever, it is important to take a breath, take a step back, and take time for yourself.

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Jovan Dewitt

Jovan Dewitt's Cancer Battle

I heard the three scariest words of my life: you have cancer. I was diagnosed with stage 3 throat cancer and given six months to live. I underwent 38 rounds of radiation and three rounds of chemotherapy to get me back to doing what I loved…football.

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Busting 10 myths about NMU

Busting 10 Myths About NMU

Going into freshman year at NMU, I was nervous about many things that turned out to be not at all what I had expected. These are some common myths about the NMU college experience.

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Haley Prappas, NMU Alumni

Shooting for the Stars: My Journey to Working in Pro Sports

From that first day I walked into Ford Field, I spent every day beyond grateful that I was starting my dream career. As I continue working my way through corporate communications in the professional sports world, I will never forget my time at NMU and how it shaped me as a person and a young professional.

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How to deal with homesickness while away at school

How to Deal with Homesickness While Away at School

No matter how independent you are (or think you are) or how excited you are to go away to college to make new friends and to try new things, it is not unusual to feel homesick. Here are a few things to try if you're feeling this way.

Wildcat Stories & Testimonials

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Jitte Okagbare

Special Education major from Canton, Michigan

"I am involved in the Black Student Union and it has been the most amazing experience. Through this organization, I was able to find my voice and fight for my community on and off-campus."

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Claire Hohman

International Studies and French double major from Skandia, Michigan

"I went to my first French Club meeting and we shared a night of great conversation, microwaveable popcorn, and we watched a short French film. From that moment on, I knew that French was the right path for me."

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Keshawn Howard

Criminal Justice/Political Science Alumnus ('21) from Rochester, New York

"To 'beNorthern' means to be distinctly different. Different in the aspect that you are in a pretty remote location for a lot of students and you are presented with ample opportunities and experiences. Throughout these experiences, you are allowed to choose your 'destiny' in a sense. It’s very beautiful."

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Kobe Manzo

Multimedia Journalism major from Lake Orion, Michigan

"I decided to come to NMU because it gave me an opportunity to play sports at the college level and pursue a degree in what I love."

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Morgan Waller, NMU Alumni

Morgan Waller

Public Relations and MPA Alumni from Chicago, Illinois

"NMU has taught me how to speak up, cultivate meaningful relationships, and stay involved."

Videos produced by Wildcats

Wildcat Den MUKBANG 🌮🍟 NMU Students Answer Frequently Asked Questions

Current Northern Michigan University students Brianna Sartin and Megan Van Camp answer frequently asked questions while enjoying some of the most popular foods from NMU's on-campus Wildcat Den restaurant.

Meet TikTok Star And Cosmetology Student Lucy Seitz

"Recently, I've been making TikToks about what my cosmetology class is like here at NMU, sharing with the viewers what I do during the day. It’s been so much fun connecting with other people from all over the U.S." - Lucy Seitz, a cosmetology student from Newberry, Michigan

Day In The Life Of A Master Of Business Administration (MBA) Student

Andrew Olson takes you through a typical day in his life as a graduate student in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at NMU.

Top 10 Places To Visit In Marquette, Michigan 😼

How many have you visited? This video was produced by current NMU student Kenzy Platt of Stillwater, Minnesota. Subscribe to our YouTube channel for new videos uploaded weekly!

NMU Dorm Tour | Housing at Northern Michigan University

Northern Michigan University freshman Josie Hodges shows different ways to configure your room and walks through the laundry, kitchen and study areas in the on-campus residence halls.

Things To Do In Marquette That Are ✨ Not ✨ Outside

Sure, we LOVE our great outdoors... But did you know about all there is to explore inside at Northern? This video was produced by current NMU sophomore Kenzy Platt of Stillwater, Minnesota.

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