Short Articles Written by Wildcats
A Few of Our Favorite Things
When asked, “What’s your favorite thing about NMU?” a lot of students answered, “the dome,” “the lake,” and more. What some students said, though, surprised me. If you’re considering attending NMU, or want to know more about campus, here’s a sneak peek at student favorites!
Beginning the Semester with Your Best Paw Forward
With the new year comes the pressure to change your life and habits, which can feel like a huge weight and add stress rather than cage it. Along with the new year also comes a new semester, a fresh set of classes, and for most, a fresh schedule. Read on for tips from some experienced students.
This Is Where I Was Meant to be
NMU Student Kate Hughes reflects on visiting Marquette and Northern Michigan University as a child with her family. Memories that she fondly looks back at now that she is a student at the same place that she visited as a child.
The Tradition Continues: Granddaughter Graduates 50 Years After Grandfather
NMU Alumnus Dennis Ormsbee graduated from Northern in 1972, and would never have imagined that 50 years later his granddaughter would be completing the same accomplishment from the same university.
Your Guide to NMU Winters: From a Warm Weather Friend
It’s often said that you are required to be a “winter person” in order to live in the Upper Peninsula, but as someone who is a self-proclaimed warm-weather person I’ve found ways of surviving the freeze. Here are some helpful tips to help you get through NMU’s winter months:
Advice for Students from All Over Campus
Whether you are a first year student, a fourth year student or someone in between, there is always room for some advice from those around us. We have compiled a list of advice from several places around campus and put them in one place for you to reference and take from regardless of if it is your first semester or your last.
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...
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...
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.
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.
Stories and Testimonials from Current Wildcats
Social Media Design Management and French Major, From Pound, WI
"Wake up early for a swim. Stay up late for the sunset. Walk to your favorite coffee shop. Hike up a mountain. Say 'yes' to new opportunities. People don't lie when they say these are some of the best years of your life. Take advantage of that."
Mobile Web App Development and Art & Design Major, from Lake Linden, MI
"On my first visit to campus, I totally fell in love with Northern and Marquette. I remember walking through campus and feeling such a strong sense of community. With every interaction I had, I got to witness Northern's friendly culture and I couldn't wait to be a part of it."
Public Relations Major and Environmental Studies Minor, from Milwaukee, WI
"Be Northern means so many things, but to me, it means being whoever you choose to be. Over the four or more years of college, you are going to change a lot as a person. You will find new interests or hobbies, meet new friends, and study material you never had before."
Management Major from Newberry, MI
"To 'be Northern' means to be so determined that even when faced with everything, you find a way to work through it all. And, to work not only to find success but to also find a way to have fun amidst the maelstrom of winter weather and impending due dates."
Marketing Major from Marquette, MI
I decided to come to NMU because I am proud to be a Marquette local, and quite frankly, had not been tempted to leave. This town has so much beauty and character, and I continue to be grateful for all it has to offer.
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Stories and Testimonials from Former Wildcats
BS Marketing from Marine City, MI
Meet Kurt VanWormer, a 1977 alumnus from Marine City, Mi. Kurt currently lives in Houston, Tx and serves on NMU's alumni board.
BA Hospitality Management from Chicago, IL
"Meet and network with as many people as you can and don't be afraid to apply for jobs that you think you may not necessarily qualify for! Firms hire people, not robots, and your personality and how it fits in company culture is just as important as skills."
BS Music Education from Cheboygan, MI
Meet Chris Charboneau a 1993 Alumnus from Cheboygan, Mi. Chris currently lives in Madison Heights, Mi. and is a retired band director (1993-2019) and current antique dealer, musician, clinician, guest conductor and music festival adjudicator.
BS Outdoor Recreation, Leadership and Management from Tagbilaran City, Bohol, Philippines.
"Seek out a mentor in a department that interests you to learn about their journey to help inspire your own. There are so many incredible folks working at NMU with valuable lessons and resources to tap into. Don’t be afraid to say hello and start those conversations."
Dr. Abdulbari Musa Ansari, JD
BS Math, Sociology and Biology from Elizabeth, NJ
Meet Dr. Abdulbari Musa Ansari, JD a 1964 Alumnus from Elizabeth, NJ. Abdulbari currently lives in Buckingham, Va. and was inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame in 2022.
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