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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.

Congratulations to our Logging Competition Winners!  In the "House" Division: American Graffiti, VA - 860.3 hours; Down Under, VA - 640.6; Borealis, Cedar West - 615; "On-Campus Apts/Spooner" Division: Norwood Apts - 1,226.7 hours; Spooner Hall - 1,132.8; Woodland, 3rd Floor - 341.3.Katrina is a sophomore from Peshtigo, Wisc. Her most influential experience has been Make A Difference Day. She says, "What a better way to spend a day than serving others with friends by your side!"  What she enjoys most about Superior Edge is that it encourages students to serve others & to reflect on personal growth through diverse activities. She looks forward to taking advantage of all of the opportunities she can throughout college to volunteer & to engage in the community & beyond.We will serve as assistants at the local zoo in Cusco & provide rehabilitation for animals. We will be staying with local families, taking cooking/salsa dancing lessons, getting a chance to learn the history of the Inca civilization, & embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to the mystical ruins of Machu Picchu. An interest meeting will be held on Thurs., Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. in The Back Room, 1213 UC. For more info about this spring break adventure, contact Rachel at raharris@nmu.edu.Riley is a junior majoring in biology from Kalamazoo, Mich. Her most influential experiences have been participating in the American Assn. of University Women, Freshman Fellowship, forensic research, & volunteering at UPHS, which have given her skills that she had no idea how to learn. Superior Edge has made keeping track of her involvements very easy! She enjoys looking back & reflecting on what sheSophia is a sophomore biology major in the Pre-Dental program from Iron Mountain, Mich. Her most influential experience was shadowing at her hometown dental office to help gain real world experience in preparing herself for graduate school and her future career. What Sophia enjoys about Superior Edge is that it keeps track of all of her extracurricular activities, which will be helpful when applying to graduate school because she will have a summary of each activity that she participated in.Adel is a senior majoring in speech, language & hearing sciences from Crystal Falls, Mich. Her most influential activity was working with int
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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