Mitch Stephenson

Melissa OrzechowskiMelissa Orzechowski

Major(s): Communication Studies, Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Minor(s): Spanish, English

Graduation: May, 2016




Why did you decide to enroll in the honors program?

I joined the honors program because of the opportunities it offered me, from traveling to research fellowships. I took honors classes in high school as well and wanted to continue to have similar classes in college.


What do you do for fun/in your free time?

I love to do anything outdoors, backpacking, climbing, camping, swimming, everything. If it is outdoors, I love it. I am also very social, so if I find a moment of spare time you won’t find me alone!


What groups/clubs are you a part of at NMU?

Well, I am the President of the Honors Student Organization, and I volunteer weekly with the Big Brothers Big Sisters Lunch buddy program and at the NMU Hoop House. Additionally, I am a member of the South Superior Climbing Club, Students for Sustainability, the Rock and Mineral Club and Marquette Ending Hunger, but this semester I am less active in some of them due to my course load.


What is your favorite book?

I love to read, I love books in general but if I absolutely had to pick one favorite book I would have to say Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë.


What is your favorite part about living in Marquette?

I love being so close to the outdoors! I can hike starting just a few minutes from my room; it’s great.


What makes/made your honors classes different than your other courses?

The honors classes I have taken were a lot more discussion based rather than lecture based. As students, we were able to collectively come to conclusions about topics rather than be told what conclusions we should have come to.