Dan FreebornDan Freeborn - Admissions Counselor

Hometown: Curtis, Michigan

Professional/personal biography: I graduated from Northern in 2012 with a Major in Graphic Communication and a minor in Outdoor Recreation. After graduation, I worked for the Michigan State Parks system assisting in the management of The Little Presque Isle Tract State Recreation Area, a local natural attraction. Prior to graduation, however, I worked on NMU’s campus in a variety of positions. I was a Resident Adviser in the residence halls, a Summer Orientation Staff Assistant, a Campus Visit Staff Assistant, and a Teaching Assistant for the First Year Experience Program. I was involved in many student organizations including Cru, residence hall government, and Superior Edge.

Most memorable college experience: During my junior year, I was able to get out camping for 12 weekends out of 16 in one semester. It was a blast! My buddies and I would hike, rock climb and explore during the days, and sit around the campfire at night underneath the wide open sky. One weekend in particular we went to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and hiked a 12-mile stretch, set up camp, and in the morning woke up to a fresh layer of snow!

Favorite Marquette activity: As long as it’s outdoors I like it! Camping, hiking, fishing, kayaking, biking, and rock climbing are my favorites.

Best advice you received regarding college or would give someone entering college: Be proactive, get involved, and don’t worry if you don’t have a major picked out right away. Use the resources campus offers - the faculty and staff really do care about you here. Get plugged into something outside of the classroom - explore! It’s ok not to know exactly what you want to study. College is the time to figure that out.