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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?  Check back in January when we will have more orientations.  Learn about other benefits to the program.

Interested in becoming a Superior Edge participant?  Your next step is to attend one of the orientations: Thurs., Feb. 4 from 7-8 p.m.; Fri., Feb. 12 from 11 a.m.-Noon; or Tues., March 8, from 5-6 p.m.  Register at <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/skillbuilders">Skill Builders.</a>Megan Pietruszewski is a senior majoring in Spanish from Champlin, Minnesota. Megan enjoyed serving as an ESL tutor to recent immigrants because they were so diverse and eager to learn. Her favorite part of Superior Edge is that it encourages a wide variety of community involvement, and it helps you grow as an individual. When Megan graduates, she is planning on teaching abroad in either Central or South America.Spend winter break or May participating in a variety of volunteer opportunities while exploring a new country and culture for 8-17 days. This is your chance to travel and assist others.  <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/superioredge/volunteer-abroad">Learn more about the Ireland Service Project in May.</a>Wear your Superior Edge t-shirt on Tuesday, Feb. 23; Wednesday, March 16; and Tuesday, April 5!“Every new interaction I had with a person or new experience brought me closer to understanding who I am as a person, what I like and don’t like, what I value, what makes me happy, what motivates and inspires me, and the kind of people and places I want to surround myself with.  I have more confidence in myself and I feel invincible in the world – like I can do whatever I want and make the best of it.” ~Alex Kerlin, 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.

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