2020 Winter Graduates

2020 Winter Graduates

 

Congratulations to Haley Anderson for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From West Branch, Michigan, Haley is a biology major with a concentration in physiology and pre-physical therapy.  Haley is most proud of her Student Leader Fellowship Program’s community service internship with Girls on the Run which aims to imbue girls with the confidence to define beauty and health for themselves and develop paths for growing wellness.  She says, “Being a coach inspired me with pride in being a strong, capable woman, and I sought to encourage the same mentality in my runners.  I gained so much more than I gave to the program…hope to serve as a mentor in the pursuit of improved mental and physical health in my career and personal life.”  After graduation, Haley will be pursuing a clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Grand Valley State University.

Congratulations to Hanna Anderson for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A Negaunee, Michigan, native, Hanna is a speech, language, and hearing sciences major who is most proud of traveling to Belize for a 14-day speech therapy camp with two speech-language pathologists and a group of 12 undergraduates from around the US.  She says, "We traveled to the country to provide vital therapy services to underserved citizens.  There is only one speech-language pathologist in the entire country, meaning many people go without the necessary care.  My therapy partner and I taught a non-verbal child with autism some basic American Sign Language.  It was heartwarming to provide the most basic instruction in communication and see how much promise this had to improve the quality of his life.”  After graduation, Hanna will be getting her master’s degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Congratulations to Charlie Arnold for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Charlie is a criminal justice major from Corpus Christi, Texas.  He is most proud of giving back to the NMU community.  Charlie says, “One day I noticed that somebody had been standing in Jamrich for hours simply holding a door open for everyone who was passing by.  This individual taught me that no matter how busy I am, I’m never too busy to make a difference in someone’s day, no matter how small or big.  I remember Halloween 2019 especially, because on that day, I had my face painted and handed out candy to my fellow Wildcats.”  After graduation, Charlie will look for a position in the criminal justice field.

Congratulations to Abigail Austin for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From St. Joseph, Michigan, Abi is a social work major who is most proud of starting a chapter of Young Life in Marquette.  She says, “Before this, there weren’t any chapters of this organization in the UP.  I helped organize community members and college students to be leaders.  I was able to build relationships with high schoolers in Marquette by being a Young Life leader helping me implement what I was learning in my social work degree.”  This summer Abi will be going back to be a mountaineering guide for Beyond Malibu, taking a year off from school, and then getting her master’s degree in social work.

Congratulations to Victoria Avis for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A biology major, Victoria is from Mundelein, Illinois.  Victoria is most proud of fostering animals for UPAWS.  She says, “I love working with the shelter and watching the animals come out of their shells in a more relaxing environment.  I also loved all of the different animals and situations.  I fostered bunnies, rats, and dogs.  One of the bunnies and one of the dogs were pregnant, so it was really interesting and new to me to help and care for them and their babies.”  After graduation, Victoria plans to work with children and/or animals in some capacity while her significant other gets his law degree.  Once they are able to settle more permanently, she plans to open a daycare and become her own boss.

Congratulations to Jordan Berglund for completing the Real World Edge!  Jordan is from Marquette and is a management of health and fitness major.  She is most proud of participating in the study abroad trip to Belize with medical students.  Jordan says, “I was there for 10 days giving medical care to the people of different towns outside the city we were staying at. We also went to a local school and taught kids about health-related topics, played games with them, and varnished their teeth. We also visited a nursing home and local hospital and saw a glimpse of what their health care system is like. This trip opened my eyes and made me realize how grateful we all should feel living where we do and having the resources that we have.”  After graduation, Jordan will be moving to Wisconsin and starting a graduate program of clinical exercise physiology at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. 

Congratulations to Megan Bertucci for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges!  From Ishpeming, Michigan, Megan is a biology major with a concentration in ecology.  Megan is most proud of her Student Leader Fellowship Program community service internship with Moosewood Nature Center where she says, “It allowed me to grow as a person and leader while helping a great deal of people.  My favorite part was getting to plan and host an event to celebrate Earth Day.  We had many children stop by to learn about sustainability and the environment.  It was amazing to see their excitement to learn and their passion for the environment.”  After graduation, Megan is hoping to attend graduate school for environmental science or wildlife conservation.

Congratulations to Catherine Boileau for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  We would also like to congratulate Catherine for logging 3,773.6 hours!  Since our program began in 2006, she has logged the second highest number of hours; the leader has 4,018.5 hours. From Novi, Michigan, Catherine is a secondary education integrated science major.  She is most proud of working as a math teaching assistant at NMU for the past five semesters.  Catherine says, “I was able to help hundreds of NMU students not only advance in their journey to get their degree but gain new confidence in their ability to learn, persevere, and do math.  We TA's were attached to classes that students might take if they had scored low on the math placement exam or struggled with math in their past.  As such, many students came in with the attitude that they just ‘didn’t have the math gene’ or ‘I’m just not a math person like you.’  Working with them to go from that fixed, negative mindset, to a growth-based, positive mindset was awesome. I truly learned a lot about the challenges and joys of my future career as an educator—and I gained hundreds of hours of experience, enabling me to enter the career with a realistic view and a confident spirit.”  After graduation, Catherine will being getting married to her fiancé Ryan and moving to Bloomington, Indiana.  Catherine will start a full-time teaching job and Ryan will be pursuing a Ph.D. in archaeology.

Congratulations to Jessica Campoy for completing the Real World Edge!  Jessica is from Dearborn, Michigan, and is an elementary education/language arts major.  She is most proud of working at the Henry Ford Museum as a camp counselor because it allowed her to implement an immersive educational experience for children ages 10-12 through an innovative program connecting students with tangible artifacts that are significant to US history.  Jessica says, “In the end, it helped me grow as a future teacher by practicing time management, speaking in front of an audience, and building my professional network.”  After graduation, Jessica plans on teaching middle school ELA for one year in the metro Detroit area and then moving to the Pacific Northwest to teach.

Congratulations to Abigail Christmas for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Montague, Michigan, Abby is a biology/physiology major who is most proud of her service learning trip to Belize where she offered medical services, health education, and community service.  Abby says, “I am most proud of this activity because I was able to learn about cultural diversity while enriching the lives of others.  This opportunity allowed me to work with Belizean community members from all ages.  Additionally, I was able to obtain new communication skills and implement my leadership and teamwork abilities.”  After graduation, Abby will be attending Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine to pursue a career as a medical doctor.

Congratulations to Brittany Dingels for completing all four edges for Superior Edge!  Brittany is a secondary education mathematics major from Romeoville, Illinois.  She is most proud of volunteering with Lake Superior Village’s After-School Program, which assists families in need by giving the students a warm meal and safe place to go after school.  Brittany says, “This experience has taught me how to be a leader, role model, and mediator.  I bonded with my students and was someone they could talk to.  I learned that something as small as listening about a student’s day can make a big difference in their lives.”  After graduation, Brittany will be looking for teaching positions in the Marquette area.

Congratulations to Brenna Dunne for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges!  Brenna is an elementary education/special education major from Hillsdale, Michigan.  She is most proud of her International Service Project in Ireland where she was able to immerse herself into another culture, volunteer, and see the wonderful landscape.  Brenna says, “The people I met and the conversations I had with them were amazing and made Ireland a country that I must go back to.”  After graduation, Brenna will apply for special education positions in Lansing and Minnesota.  She can't wait to join a wonderful teaching team so she can watch little ones’ faces light up as they learn new information.

Congratulations to Lauren Elmblad for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From L’Anse, Michigan, Lauren is a pre-dental student majoring in microbiology and minoring in health and nutrition.  She is most proud of volunteering for two years at the Superior Dental Day in West Ishpeming (Michigan).  Lauren says, “As I worked the Saturday event, I was able to shadow some of the most amazing dental professionals in Marquette County that were giving back to the community.  I was able to envision myself in their shoes someday.  This event truly solidified my decision to pursue a career in dentistry.”  After graduation, Lauren will be moving to Portland, Maine, to begin her first year of dental school at the University of New England College of Dental Medicine.

Congratulations to Britny Faught for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From, Greenbush, Michigan, Britny is a cellular and molecular neuroscience major.  Britny is most proud of volunteering at the OR waiting room, main entrance front desk, and ICU in Marquette.  She says, “This opportunity not only gave me vast amounts of experience in learning how to communicate more effectively with patients and their families but also encouraged me to become a more compassionate version of myself.  I believe both of these qualities will be advantageous in my pursuit to become a physician and help me to provide my future patients with the highest quality of care.”  After graduation, Britny will apply to and attend medical school.

Congratulations to Grace Freitag for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Grace is a biology major with an ecology concentration and is from St. Anthony, Minnesota.  Grace is most proud of helping to plan and be a part of the El Baile, the Hispanic dance that the Latino Student Union hosted in the fall of 2018.  The dance was a way for all of us in Latino Student Union to share our culture with the school and be able to enjoy something we all grew up with.”  After graduation, Grace will be working as a conservation educator in Minneapolis.   

Congratulations to Allison Fron for completing the Diversity, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  From New Lenox, Illinois, Allison is an environmental science major with a concentration in natural resources.  She is most proud of being president of the NMU Crew team.  Allison says, “It was a challenging but rewarding experience running a team, and I learned a lot about my leadership style.”  After graduation, Allison will be applying to graduate programs that deal with research in the Pacific Northwest. 

Congratulations to Eliza Goben for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Hailing from Marshall, Michigan, Eliza is a psychology/applied behavior analysis major who is most proud a being a Psi Chi member, social media ambassador, and president.  Eliza says, “I’ve seen the chapter develop quite a lot, from a very small chapter with little engagement to a chapter that regularly inducts new members, holds meetings, attends conferences, and a student research competition.”  After graduation, Eliza will be attending Florida Institute of Technology for an MS in organizational behavior management.

  Congratulations to Richard Hamilton for completing the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  From Grandville, Michigan, Richard is a marketing major. 

Congratulations to Sarah Head for completing the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  An economics major, Sarah is from Clarkston, Michigan.  She is most proud of her three-year internship with the NMU EcoReps program.  Sarah says, “From coordinating zero waste initiatives to presenting at an international conference on sustainability, EcoReps has been one of the most rewarding components of my education!”  After graduation, Sarah plans to get her master’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on sustainable community development.

Congratulations to Mark Holmgren for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Ishpeming, Michigan, Mark is a double major in chemistry and accounting.  Mark’s favorite memory was working as an intern for the Fresh Coast Film Festival.  He says, “Before this experience, I would’ve never pictured myself discussing collaborations with local businesses, making a film, or hosting a coffee crawl.  This opportunity proved to me how willing people are to help out one another and to create something everyone can enjoy.  This experience practically covered every edge as I volunteered my time, attended the Festival’s Board of Director’s meetings, lead a crawl, experienced a diverse set of backgrounds that different shops had come from and tried to display in their stores, talked with many people from all over the country during the festival, and further cemented my future goals as I developed confidence in my abilities to coordinate large projects.”  After graduation, Mark will be getting his Master of Arts in Higher Education program in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan.

 

Congratulations to Madelyn Huber for completing the Real World Edge!   A speech, language and hearing sciences major, Madelyn is from Hartland, Michigan.  For her Student Leader Fellowship Program community service internship, Madelyn helped out at the winter camp at Bay Cliff Health Camp.  She says, “Being able to spend the weekend with the kids and hope them to have a fun and engaging weekend impacted me as much as it impacted them!”  After graduation, Madelyn will be attending graduate school to earn her master’s degree in speech pathology.

Congratulations to Jailin Kaiser-Peterson for completing all four edges for Superior Edge!  Jailin is from Mosinee, Wisconsin, and is a psychology major.  She is most proud of going on the Superior Edge International Service Project to Ireland.  Jailin says, “It was an amazing experience, my favorite memory throughout college.  We helped clean up a beach and a community center in Dublin, as well as extensively learning about Irish history and culture.  I would go back in a heartbeat!”  After graduation, Jailin will be staying at NMU to pursue her master’s degree in integrated biosciences.

Congratulations to Taylor Kalchik for completing the Real World Edge!  A biology/physiology major, Taylor is from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.  She says, “I had an amazing opportunity to become a member of the Student Leader Fellowship Program, in which I met so many wonderful people who I will always look up to as a leader. I loved my Student Leader Fellowship Program 100-hour community service internship at U.P. Sail and enjoyed building relationships within Marquette’s community.  I worked over 2,000 hours as a Certified Nurse Aide and learned a lot about myself, professionally and personally.  I am proud of all these experiences and am blessed to have been given the opportunity to become a part of this amazing student organization.  I know that I will carry all of my experiences with me into my future.”  After graduation, Taylor will be serving in the United State Army National Guard as a Second Lieutenant Officer and will continue her education to become a nurse.

Congratulations to Jamie Kimble for completing all four edges for the Leadership and Real World Edges! From Prior Lake, Minnesota, Jamie is a double major in mathematics and economics.  She is most proud of serving as a captain on the Swim and Dive team for two years because it helped her grow as a leader, friend, and person.  After graduation, Jamie will be pursuing a PhD in mathematics at Michigan Statue University and teaching undergraduate math courses.

Congratulations to Sadie Knill for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Sadie is a neuroscience major from Clarkston, Michigan.  Her favorite activity was shadowing doctors while she was in Croatia.  She says, “I was able to combine my love for the health sciences with an experience that introduced me to a new, incredible culture and a group of awesome, like-minded friends that I still keep in touch with. This activity has inspired me to seek further education to hopefully become a doctor to serve communities that are truly in need.”  After graduation, Sadie will be taking a year off before she applies to medical school.

Congratulations to Hannah Laurila for completing the Real World Edge!  From Negaunee, Michigan, Hannah is a biology major with a microbiology concentration.  She is most proud of shadowing at Planned Parenthood.  Hannah says, “I learned so much during that period as well as how to communicate with patients and different health care staff.”  After graduation, Hannah will try to find full-time work and, hopefully, being able to travel some.

Congratulations to Olivia LeBel for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges!  Olivia is from Belding, Michigan and is a criminal justice major.  She is most proud of her involvement within the Northern Michigan University community in order to better the campus through activities such as Make A Difference Day.  After graduation, she plans to obtain a career in criminal justice.

Congratulations to Olivia Lemieux for completing the Real World Edge!  From Conklin, Michigan, Olivia is a finance and risk management major.  She is most proud of her past summer internship with Travelers Insurance.  Olivia says, “It gave me real world experience and showed me what working as an actuary was like. I made lifelong friendships with my coworkers and built out my network. I hope to use my experience while working in my full-time position after graduation.” She will be working for State Farm as an actuarial analyst.

Congratulations to Catherine Mathews for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Cathy is from Jackson, Michigan, and is a fisheries and wildlife management major.  She is most proud of her participation in the Superior Edge International Service Project in Thailand and Cambodia.  Cathy says, “I was able to help build a home for a family in need, volunteer in a classroom teaching English to children, and assist with the care of elephants.  These projects allowed me to learn about the local culture in a unique way that not many people are able to experience, help me appreciate what I have taken for granted, and make a difference in someone’s life.”  After graduation, Cathy will be a Peace Corps volunteer in Guyana for two years as a community conservation promoter.

Congratulations to Erin Mattson for completing the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  From Escanaba, Michigan, Erin is a biochemistry major who is most proud of her involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters.  She says, “I get to have a ton of fun while having a positive impact on the community.  My little and I stay active by ice skating, hiking, and always searching for a new adventure.  We also spend time working on homework, developing good study habits, and learning valuable life skills.”  After graduation, Erin will be taking a gap year, traveling, and applying to medical schools.

Congratulations to Nicole Moore for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Austin, Texas, Nicole is a biology/physiology major.  She is most proud of her internship with Planned Parenthood.  Nicole says, “Not only did it benefit the community, it reminded me of access-to-care issues inspiring me to get my Master’s in Public Health.”  After graduation, Nicole will be attending Dental School at U.T. Health Science Center in Houston, Texas, and will start work on her dual degree, a master’s degree in public health.
Congratulations to Allison O'Brien for completing the Real World Edge!  From Pulaski, Wisconsin, Allison is an elementary education major who is most proud of her work at her local summer school.  She says, “I am proud of this activity because it has prepared me for my future career.  I have learned so much about being a teacher and have been able to network with teachers from my local community.  I have gotten to experience what teaching in a school feels like before graduating, which will help me in countless ways for my first teaching job.  I am so grateful for all the students and teachers I have worked with over my last four years at the summer school.”  After graduation, Allison will look for a teaching position anywhere from kindergarten to an eighth grade classroom. 

Congratulations to Katja Otja for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges!  A nursing major, Katja is from Walled Lake, Michigan.  She is most proud of working for the Appalachia Service Project, a non-profit home repair organization that she worked with for three years to perform emergency home repair in Central Appalachia.  Katja says, “The physical impact of home repair as well as the incredibly valuable relationships with homeowners and volunteers made this work experience one of the most life-changing decisions I have ever made.  The skills and experiences I gained are absolutely priceless.”  After graduation, Katja will seek a position as a registered nurse on a pediatric in-patient unit in the metro-Detroit area.

Congratulations to Alexa Olgren for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Hailing from Negaunee, Michigan, Alexa is an accounting/corporate finance major.  She is most proud of her work with at-risk youth in the community with Start the Cycle.  This groups focuses on providing every member with a sense of belonging through biking and mentorship.  She says, "I was able to develop programs, help with their financing, volunteer with them at events, mentor the youth, and bike the Ore to Shore.  While I was there to help make a difference in their lives, they ended up making a lifetime of difference in mine.”  After graduation, Alexa will be moving to Colorado to work with a CPA firm in their tax department.

Congratulations to Tyler Pentrod for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Tyler is a biology major with an ecology concentration and is from Belmont, Michigan.  He is most proud of the hours he logged working with the Superior Watershed Partnership.  Tyler says, “I grew my leadership skills while completing rewarding conservation projects such as planting trees, conserving endangered species, and environmental monitoring.  The connections I build with the Superior Watershed Partnership helped me travel to South Africa to present at an international conference and become an FAA certified drone pilot.”  After graduation, Tyler will be working in Marquette for the Superior Watershed Partnership as the Great Lakes Conservation Corps Program Director.

Congratulations to Hailee Petosky for completing the Citizenship, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  Hailee is a biology/ecology major from Munising, Michigan.  She is most proud of leading the club softball team for the past three years.  Hailee says, “There is a lot of effort that goes into coordinating a team of nearly 20 people, and it’s such a reward knowing that I helped make it possible for women to continue playing softball and be active while focusing on getting an education.”  After graduation, Hailee will get some real world experience before continuing her education.

Congratulations to Hope Pintar for completing the Diversity, Leadership, and Real World Edges!  From Ontonagon, Michigan, Hope is a speech, language and hearing science major who is most proud of being a co-troop leader for the Girls Scouts.  She says, “As a troop leader, I held responsibilities such as holding bi-weekly meetings for the girls and making sure there were activities planned as well as attending troop leader meetings and many other events, including one we hosted which was the Valentine’s Day dance.  The biggest responsibility was cookies sales.  Being organized and having good time-management was key throughout this process.  In the end, I was proud of this because it allowed not only myself to grow as a person but the girls in my troop grew as well.”  After graduation, Hope will be attending Central Michigan University to get her MA in Speech-Language Pathology.

Congratulations to Julia Quinn for the completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Midland, Michigan, Julia is a biochemistry major.  She is most proud of creating the Photo Club because it allowed her to meet so many new people while spending time around Marquette.  Julia says, "I love our tradition of going to Huron Mountain Baker together after Make A Difference Day."  After graduation, she will be moving to California for a year before attending a physician assistant master's degree program.

Congratulations to Noah Roberts for completing the Real World Edge!  A graphic design major, Noah is from Marquette.  He is most proud of the experience he gained as a graphic designer for the DeVos Art Museum.  He says, “It was a really valuable real world experience as he learned the ins and outs of being a graphic designer.”  After graduation, he will be doing freelance work as a graphic designer and seeking full-time employment in Marquette.

Congratulations to Shelby Roesner for completing the Leadership Edge!  From Davison, Michigan, Shelby is a forensic biochemistry major.  Most of Shelby’s hours for the Leadership Edge were from her job as a Resident Adviser.  She says, “This was such a great experience for me.  I learned to be less afraid of speaking in public and how to manage a very busy schedule.  I was able to see students make friends and enjoy their time at Northern and it was wonderful to be a part of that.”  After graduation, Shelby will be applying to physician assistant’s school and will have a working gap year.

Congratulations to Ravyn Rooney for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A social work major, Ravyn is from Alpena, Michigan/Spring Hill, Florida.  She is most proud of being a school social work intern at Marquette Alternative High School.  Ravyn says, “I have taken this real world experience incredibly seriously for the past year and have challenged myself in an unbelievable amount of ways.  The students make me a better person, and they make every day better than the last.  I have the privilege to learn about their lives—the good, the bad, and everything in between.  It is not an easy field placement by no means, but it is rewarding because with all of the negative in this world, I can shine light and hope within such a crucial time of these students’ lives.  A change like this is monumental in the field of social work.”   After graduation, Ravyn will be attending Michigan State University for an advanced standing master’s degree in clinical social work along with a certificate in healthcare.

Congratulations to Jillian Russ for completing the Leadership Edge!  Jillian is a nursing major from Fraser, Michigan.  She is most proud of the connections she made with fellow students and the Nursing Department faculty during her time at NMU.  After graduation, she will be working on the oncology stepdown unit at Ascension St. John in Detroit.

Congratulations to Madison Russell for completing the Leadership and Real World Edge!  From Manistique, Michigan, Madison is a speech, language, and hearing sciences major.  She is most proud of her three years spent as a Resident Adviser.  Madison says, “I have not only grown as a leader but also as a member of society.  An RA, in my opinion, isn’t just being an adviser for residents, and RA is also a friend, a should to cry on, late-night study buddy, voice of reason, cheerleader, support system, responder, mediator, and most importantly, a leader.  Being a part of the revival of Breakwater House, helping build a new community and meeting all of the people I have are all things I will never forget.”  After graduation, Madison will be pursuing a doctoral degree in audiology at Central Michigan University while working on a graduate apprenticeship.

Congratulations to Joshua Ryan for completing the Real World Edge!  From Portage, Michigan, Josh is a graphic design major.

 

Congratulations to Cassie Schweitzer for completing the Real World Edge!  A nursing major, Cassie is from Kiel, Wisconsin.

Congratulations to Morgan Shewmaker for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From St. Joseph, Michigan, Morgan is a nursing major.  She is most proud of learning about the Belize culture and forming relationships with locals and classmates.  She says, “We set up clinics in local towns that cannot afford to make it to a doctor.  As a group we made home visits and provided simple necessities to families such as prenatal vitamins to pregnant moms.  It was an extremely rewarding experience and reinforcement of my passion for nursing.”  After graduation, Morgan will be moving to either Colorado or Oregon for a nurse residency program.

Congratulations to Emily Shirilla for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Double majoring in anthropology and sociology, Emily is from Caledonia, Michigan.  Emily is most proud of becoming one of the founding members of Superior Con, an arts and gaming convention at NMU, and serving as a chairperson for three years.  Emily says, “Superior Con has been one of my greatest accomplishments as an undergraduate.  The event started as a small passion project focused on student organizations to a campus and community-wide event with an attendance of over 400.  This fast-growing project has given me the chance to help build a community and a space of arts and culture where anyone can share what they love with one another.”  After graduation, Emily will be taking a gap year to gain work experience before pursuing a graduate program.

Congratulations to Kimberly Shuman for completing the Diversity and Real World Edges!  A Tomahawk, Wisconsin, native, Kim is a social work major.  She is most proud of working as a Direct Care Worker in an adult foster home.  Kim says, “All of the individuals I work with are intellectually disabled.  I have learned the skills of patience, empathy, and kindness from my clients.  Every day I come into work smiling because I know I will be with some of the most caring, carefree adults I have ever met. Their demeanor has motivated me to become a kinder, more understanding social worker in the future.”  After graduation, she will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh working as an Assistant Residence Hall Director as she works on her Master’s of Social Work. She would eventually like to be a school social worker, hopefully, specifically with special education students. 
Congratulations to Kate Spalding for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges!  From Quincy, Michigan, Kate is a psychology major.  She is most proud of her time working as a direct care worker for adults with physical and developmental disabilities.  Kate says, “This experience allowed me to give back to a wonderful community while gaining experience that is relevant to my future occupation.  I was able to assist individuals in becoming as independent as possible while learning about the application of occupational therapy plans in real life.”  After graduation, Kate will be attending Grand Valley State University for her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. 

Congratulations to Mason Steinhauer for completing the Real World Edge!  Mason is a psychology major from Rockford, Michigan.  She is most proud of working in the research labs with Dr. Carlson in the CABIN Lab and with Dr. Prus in the Psychopharmacology Lab. She says, “These experiences have given me so much, like being able to present at conferences and write a published journal article.”  After graduation, Mason will be applying to PhD programs to obtain my PhD in Clinical Psychology.  

Congratulations to Jessie Sullivan for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  An environmental studies and sustainability major, Jessie is from Bath, Michigan.  She says, “My study abroad month in Costa Rica was a highlight because I got to live with a host family and be fully immersed in a different culture.  They couldn’t speak very much English, and I could barely speak Spanish.  But, by the end of my four weeks, I was able to communicate and have conversations with my host family.  It was a great feeling looking back on week one and seeing how much I had grown.”  After graduation, Jessie will be moving to Alabama to find a job in her field of study, such as environmental educator.

Congratulations to Sydney Voss for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Marquette, Sydney is a nursing major who is most proud of her work as a school nurse at Cherry Creek Elementary School for her community nursing clinical experience.  She says, “I was the only medically trained person in the building and was independently responsible for providing medical care to the students and sometimes even the staff with limited supplies.  I am proud of how I handled this leadership position and proud of the care and assistance I provided.”  After graduation, Sydney hopes to obtain a registered nurse position in a neonatal intensive care unit.

Congratulations to Tehya White for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  A biology major with a physiology concentration, Tehya is from Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.  She is most proud of traveling to New Zealand through Superior Edge.  She says, “This is the first time I left the US, and it has forever changed me.  I realized that I was capable of so much more than I ever thought I was.  I was able to come out of my shell, explore the world, and meet amazing people who have influenced my life immensely.  Superior Edge gave me the opportunity to see the world, and in a way, helped me see what my place was, what my place is, and how I want to live the rest of my life, by helping others.”  After graduation, Tehya will be applying to medical schools for next year with hopes to become a physician. 

Congratulations to Chloe Wilkinson for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  From Marquette, Chloe is a double major in biology with a concentration in physiology and Spanish.  She is most proud of her community service internship with Mind Your Health through the Student Leader Fellowship Program.  Chloe says, “Sadie Knill and I started this mental health awareness campaign with the help from NMU faculty on the mental health task force.  With this campaign, we have spread awareness on mental health on campus, distributed mental health resources and information, and have held many events and exhibits that have opened the conversation on mental illness.  NMU lacked an organization that addressed mental illness on campus but now this isn’t an issue.”  After graduation, Chloe will be applying to medical school, and if she is accepted during the first round, she will start in the fall of 2021.  On her year off, she will work as a medical assistant, and hopefully, travel a bit as well.

Congratulations to Ashely Wojan for completing all four edges for the Superior Edge!  Ashely is from Engadine, Michigan, and is an applied behavior analysis (psychology) major.  She is most proud of being a buddy at Camp Star, a children’s bereavement camp.  Ashely says, “At camp, we put on many events to learn how to cope with the loss of a loved one.  Over the course of the weekend, I became my buddy’s rock and made sure she knew it is okay to cry and that she doesn’t have to be tough all the time!  This was an amazing experience and an opportunity for all involved to grow and share empathy for others going through a loss.”  After graduation, Ashely will be attending the University of Michigan's Applied Behavior Analysis master's degree program and is hoping to take her BCaBA exam this summer. 

Congratulations to Abbey Zigarac for completing the Leadership and Real World Edges!  A psychology major, Abbey is from Rockford, Michigan.  She is most proud of working very closely within the Psychological Sciences department especially with the neuropsychopharmacology lab.  Abbey says, “I have been able to take what I learn in class and apply it to a real world setting as well as gain confidence with my knowledge.  I have also been able to gain an understanding of a field that I was previously unaware of, and it has turned into a passion that I hope to continue.”  After graduation, Abbey plans to continue focusing on research as well as apply for graduate school.