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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.

Senior Jeulani Gahiji is from Chicago, Ill., majoring in entrepreneurship. Superior Edge has given her the opportunity to diversify herself and become a well-rounded individual. The most impactful activity was Let’s Talk About It with the Black Student Union. Through this experience, she was able to see people from various backgrounds come together, support one another, and talk freely about things they were passionate about. Jeulani enjoys dancing, working out, and helping students. Congrats!Sophomore Morgan Zoeller is from Midland, Mich., majoring in speech, language, & hearing sciences. Superior Edge has opened her eyes to many different opportunities and helped her to reflect. Her two favorite activities in Superior Edge were planning "A Voice for Everyone" and attending MSHA, a professional conference. She is excited to log diversity hours from a study abroad in Australia this semester. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors & spending time with friends.Want to see what some of your fellow Wildcats did when they went on winter break to New Zealand? Check out this <a href="https://youtu.be/DOjQOoYrk3U">video.</a>Michael Stamm is a sophomore from Almont, Michigan, studying forensic biochemistry. Michael’s favorite activity that he has logged in Superior Edge is the New Zealand Service Project. He was able to spend two weeks with other students exploring and participating in community service projects. Michael is also a member of the SLFP and Relay for Life Committee. In the fall, Michael plays the clarinet in the Wildcat Marching Band. In his free time, he enjoys reading, biking, and hiking. Congrats, Michael!"Joining Superior Edge was definitely one of the best decisions I made.... When I first came to NMU, I was a painfully shy introvert that had a very tough time making friends & talking to strangers. However, through joining Superior Edge & having goals to meet, I was motivated to branch out and make connections so I could volunteer. Not only has Superior Edge gotten me out of my comfort zone, but it also encouraged me to continue to volunteer & seek out different opportunities & experiences."Susan is a sophomore from Clarkston majoring in English writing and photography. Her favorite activity she has logged in Superior Edge is her role as West Hall’s president. Through this opportunity, she has met many amazing people and been given new opportunities. Susan’s favorite thing about Superior Edge is the opportunities that it opens up for students. Susan enjoys volunteering but said that the responsibility of Superior Edge has pushed her to do more and explore more than she would by herself.
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.

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