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Gracie Harrington

Special Education major from Marquette, Michigan

"To beNorthern means to go outside. To see the northern lights on the top of Sugarloaf. To jump off Blackrocks on a warm August afternoon. To watch a Wildcat hockey win. To wear plaid on “plaidurday” and to be proud to live in the 906 on September 6th."

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Nicole Marion

Neuroscience major from Oxford, Michigan

“Be northern” means seizing the opportunities that life gives you. Take a study break and go for a hike when the sun is shining. Say yes to things that make you a little nervous, and put yourself out there. Go find what makes you happy!"

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Hilary Way

Psychology major from Charlevoix, Michigan

“There is so much to do on campus and off. People love spending time outside and the professors are super insightful."

Kathryn (Katie) Nelson

Kathryn (Katie) Nelson

Elementary Education major from Mason County, Michigan

"Since coming here I discovered that I not only love to hike, but I also LOVE hockey-this surprised my whole family! To 'beNorthern' is to be yourself. If you don't know who that is yet, that's okay, because sooner or later you'll find out!"


Kenzie Tachick

Elementary Education major from Waunakee, Wisconsin

"Through the School of Education, I was able to find my job working at a local daycare. It has given me hands-on experience that will continue to benefit me as years go on."

Elementary Education major from Menominee, Michigan

Kari Betters

Elementary Education major from Menominee, Michigan

"To me, beNorthern means living the whole college dream, living on campus, making lifelong friends, getting involved, and appreciating what Marquette has to offer."

Patrick Myers

Patrick Myers

Mobile and Web App Development and Art and Design major, from Lake Linden, Michigan

"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."

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Alexandria Bournonville

Multimedia Journalism and English Literature major, from Peshtigo, WI.

"It speaks to me about individuality, as it’s an umbrella term to cover what every northern student is pursuing. Everyone is doing something different, but the thing that holds us together as Northern students is dedication to our ambition."

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Jacqueline Kogut

Fisheries & Wildlife Management major, from Fish Lake, Indiana

"I decided to come to Northern because of the endless opportunities and small campus community."

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Mary lerret

Fisheries and Wildlife Management major from Menominee, MI

"I chose to go to NMU because I really loved the idea of having so many outdoor activities all around, I love being closer to home and I love the programs that NMU offers."

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Mikaela Bannon

Cosmetology major, from Rogers City, MI

"NMU really is a home no matter who you talk to or no matter what you do you always have support and you’ll always have friends behind your back it’s a university unlike any other and if you’re one for nature outdoors new experiences and bonds it will last a lifetime and NMU is for you!"

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Jenna Uchiek

Secondary Education Mathematics major from Zion, IL

"I’m really starting to find my place at Northern, I love it more every day!"

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Juliana Garcia

Elementary Special Education major from Dallas, Texas

"Being a first generation college student, a POC, and an out of state student could be hard sometimes, but I'm grateful for the people I have in my life on campus who have helped me through new experiences"

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Skye Ritchings

Biology major from Roscommon, Mi

"NMU was a place I knew that could let my creativity flow and find myself. There’s so much you can do in this “little” town, that I knew would keep me busy."

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Savanna Fassio

Exercise Science major, from Park City, UT.

"This is a amazing place to be with a great community and beautiful environment. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to pursue my education here!"

Luke Tschumperlin

Luke Tschumperlin

Digital Cinema major from Beaver Dam, Wisconsin

"I find myself a lot more confident in my ideas and it is easier to communicate them with the world because of my experience at Northern."

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Lovisa Kunkle

Biology major from Traverse City, Michigan

"The NMU Hoop House has been a remarkably rewarding experience; I've learned so much about growing food, composting, soil fertility, and working with others to reach a common goal!"

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David Méndez Cruz

Secondary Education major from Chicago, Illinois

"I have always enjoyed helping my community and I believe people like me will be the change to the education system of the US."

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Taylor Schmitt

Environmental Studies and Sustainability major from East Troy, Wisconsin

"The students and faculty in my department are some of the most caring individuals, not only about their areas of study and expertise, but about their peers as well."

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Hannah Hoffman

Nursing major from Mattawan, Mich.

"Northern offers many amazing hands-on opportunities that make learning fun and exciting."

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Maxwell Diaz

Secondary Education major from Miami, Fla.

"The people are kind and there is a diverse population. There’s plenty to do up here with all the outdoor beauty and the shops and eats downtown."

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William Garcia

Engineering Design major from Valdosta, Ga.

"I'm thankful for the Northern Lights Dining staff and the Club Cross Country Bandits. Everyone from either group has made my move up here seamless and exciting."

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Kate Gunville

Political Science and Communications major from Hartland, Wisc.

"You have the ability here to create connections with your professors, they are truly amazing resources and supporters."

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Vaughn Rodriguez

Public Relations major from Grand Rapids, Michigan

"It’s hard to realize the magic of this place sometimes until you try to make a plan to leave."

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Izzy McCabe

Surgical Technology major from Plymouth, Wisconsin

"From the very first time that I stepped on campus I was instantly taken in by the atmosphere, I felt at home and everyone was very inviting."

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Daisy Cotterman

Sociology major from Midland, Michigan

"As a first-generation student, I'm especially thankful for the opportunity to be at NMU."

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Charlie Gerhard

Secondary Education major from Iron Mountain, Michigan

"NMU has everything a bigger college has to offer just a bit more condensed which makes everything easier on the student."

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Valeta Gage

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences major from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

"I knew I could get an undergraduate clinical experience in the SLHS program which would put me ahead while trying to get accepted into a graduate program."

Ashlyn Chandler is a graphic design major from Amherst, Wisconsin. She plans to graduate in May of 2024.

Ashlyn Chandler

Graphic Design major from Amherst, Wisconsin

"I never expected to leave so far from home for school while I was looking ahead as a kid. I always knew I’d be an artist, though. It’s the one thing I’m passionate about that I can turn into a career, and that can help people in the process!"

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Eli Bieri

Biology/Ecology major from Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Surfing on Lake Superior has been the most meaningful experience during my time at Northern. It gives me a chance to clear my mind while having fun with my buddies."

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Jitte Okagbare

Special Education major with a focus in Cognitive disabilities from Canton, Michiganr

"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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Mari Amberg

Cosmetology & Entrepreneurship major from Carol Stream, Illinois

"NMU offered a unique advantage that the other did not; a trade school within a university."

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Ciera Tucker

econdary Education Social Studies major from Omro, Wisconsin

"My experience at Northern Michigan University has been life-changing in every possible way. Here, I was able to develop my identity, learn to think and advocate for myself, I had the support of an amazing group of professors who became mentors, and met friends who became family."

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Jill Vermeulen

Elementary Education Teaching Certificate from Marquette, Michigan

"During my time at Northern, I’ve had incredible professors who’ve been more than willing to provide support, from resume advice to answering homework questions and more! I’ve made lifelong friends, and have connected with the natural environment of the Great U.P."

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Dallas St. Onge

Speech Language and Hearing Sciences major from Clawson, Michigan

"My program is small, which has led to the creation of lifelong friendships with those in my cohort. I would not have the experiences I have had thus far if I went to a large institution. "

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Abigail Stelter

Hospitality and Tourism Management major from Mankato, Minnesota

"I personally think almost everything I have done as part of my major is very exciting and helpful for my success in the program. From running our own cafe, planning and serving a five-course meal, to getting managers food safety certified, taking a bar and beverage course, and everything in between."

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Chloe Richie

Elementary Education Special Education major from Lansing, Michigan

"Northern also has an amazing education program. I loved how much the professors here made learning personal. At Northern, I don't feel like just a number."

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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 level and pursue a degree in what I love."

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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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Mackenzie Meyer

Secondary Education Spanish and English major from Grand Rapids, Michigan

"I met so many people through the volleyball club and have created lifelong friends through a sport that I thought I was done playing in high school."

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Abby LaForest

Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences major from L'Anse, Michigan

"I fell in love with the SLP program here at NMU because it makes me feel like I'm a part of something bigger than just me."

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Jessica Kurtycz

Outdoor Recreation Management major from Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Greek life has been extremely rewarding. I met individuals that I know will walk in my wedding once I am older. It opened the door for unlimited possibilities after college."

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Hannah Wenzel

Nursing major from Frankenmuth, Michigan

"NMU has given me opportunities I know I could not have experienced elsewhere. Whether it be in the classroom, or out exploring all Marquette has to offer, the experiences I have had in the supportive community here have helped me create the person I am today."