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Superior Edge

Superior Edge

Northern Michigan University's Superior Edge is a student development program encompassing a wide range of experiential activities complementing classroom instruction to provide students with a distinct advantage by preparing them for lifelong learning, graduate school, careers and life as engaged citizens.

The Edges

Superior Edge consists of four “edges”

  • Citizenship – Become an engaged, involved citizen
  • Diversity – Develop sensitivity and awareness of global and domestic diversity issues
  • Leadership – Become a competent, ethical and effective leader
  • Real World – Relate classroom theory to workplace practice in real-world settings

Watch this video to find out more about Superior Edge. To find out opportunities to get hours towards these edges, click here.

Why Participate?

Students who participate in Superior Edge make new friends, build community contacts and a great resume, formalize the recognition of activities they participate in, enhance the ability to relate theory to practice, and more.  Want to join?  Register for one of our orientation sessions.  Learn about other benefits to the program.

The main reason that Superior Edge is sweeping across campus is really quite simple. Participants can get recognized for the activities and endeavors they are active with both in- and out-of-the-classroom. There are four edges: Citizenship, Diversity, Leadership, and Real World. These edges each represent 100 hours of achievement in volunteerism, diversity awareness, leadership experience, and hands-on job experience. <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/superioredge/orientation">Register for an orientation now.</a>There is no better place to visit than New Zealand! We will be traveling throughout the north island where you will experience the most breath-taking scenery from subtropical forests, beaches, mountains, volcanos, and beautiful rolling pastures. Volunteer with the native plants and environmental projects and meet the friendly local “kiwis.”  We will also have the opportunity to interact and learn about the indigenous Maori people and their culture and heritage. Attend one of interest meetings to learn more.“If a student were to walk up and ask me about Superior Edge, I would have a few pointers to give them: start the program as early as you can in your college career; take some Academic Service Learning Courses; log your hours regularly; take good notes when you log your hours, it helps a lot when you go to write your final reflection papers; meet and network with as many people as you can and you will have your edges complete in no time.” ~Michael Head, Superior Edge "This whole experience has been life changing and has made such a strong impact on myself. I have learned that my experience in the real world setting beats sitting in a boring lecture hall any day. You can only learn so much from books, the real learning takes place when you actually do. I wish all of my years in college could have been “I can’t say that I know what my life would have been without Superior Edge, but I know that the program as a whole has helped me understand myself more than any program I have ever been a part of. Each edge gave me an edge (that’s the point right!). I learned how I lead, how I volunteer, how I perceive diversity and strive for equality, and how I will work in the real world. Superior Edge no doubt has given me experience that my curriculum courses could never have.” ~Brook Adams, Superior Edge "I never thought I would be able to finish this edge, but the opportunities this school provides not only for education but knowledge into the world around us is phenomenal. In my four years of experiences here at Northern, I have gained so much about experiences and opportunities that I never would have gotten anywhere else." ~Alexander Perry, Diversity Edge
Log Your Hours

Log Your Hours

The only way you can get credit for your activities is to remember to log your hours as you go. Log your hours here.  If you want a refresher on how to log, watch this video.  We look forward to reading your logs.  If you want more information about how to write your reflection paper, please check out this short video.

Superior Edgeedge@nmu.edu906-227-65431206 University Center

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