Wildcat Weekend shows NMU prospects what campus offers

Kelsii Kyto

Prospective students visited NMU on Saturday to get a taste of the college experience during Wildcat Weekend.

The morning started with a candid question-and-answer panel with current NMU students; then, visitors had the opportunity to present questions to a group of four students from various majors. The students gave advice about choosing the right university.

“Keep an open mind especially when you are touring here. I know you all have other colleges that you’re thinking of but Northern has a lot to offer. We might have a small school but this is home,” junior athletic training major Alyssa Vaniman said.

Students also emphasized how personable NMU is throughout the panel.

“Remember that every day is a great day to be a Wildcat. You have the opportunity to go to college in the beautiful Upper Peninsula, to be surrounded by great students that are enthusiastic about their futures and you’re surrounded by great faculty and staff to support you,” freshman public relations major Allison Opheim said.

Not only did Wildcats give advice to prospective students about picking their university, they also gave useful tips on how to adjust to the college lifestyle.

“So many freshmen fall into bad habits. Try to be disciplined, go to class, and go to your professor’s office hours. They want to help you,” junior Spanish and pre-med major Paul LaPlant said.
NMU President Fritz Erickson also had words for the visiting students, praising Northern’s community.

“Northern is truly a unique and special place. It’s a special place not because we have great buildings and wonderful new residence halls. It’s really a great place because of the people. We have some of the most active and engaged students I’ve ever seen,” Erickson said.

Visitors had the opportunity to attend “Ask a Wildcat” in Jamrich after the sessions. Additionally an information fair was held where visitors received information about Housing and Residence Life, Financial Aid, Recreational Sports, the Honors Program and other departments.