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Opinion — Managing senior anxiety and imposter syndrome

Opinion — Managing senior anxiety and imposter syndrome

Ryley Wilcox September 7, 2023

As I begin my senior year of college, I find myself having lots of anxiety and a level of imposter syndrome regarding the uncertainty of what is ahead. A lot of what is next in my life is up in the air....

REFLECTIONS — I am posing at South Haven beach during sunset. With graduation approaching swiftly, I wanted to reflect on my college experience and how it has positively impacted my character and outlook on life.

Opinion — Leaping into the unknown

Madoline Plattenberg April 26, 2023

As I sit down to reflect on the past four years of my life, I want to start from the beginning.  During my first year of college, everything and everyone was new. I wanted a completely fresh start...

ICE CLIMBING - Rodriguez enjoys the view during a winter climb. Rodriguez is a PR Major in his last semester at Northern, and is currently president of South Superior Climbing Club.

Profile — Ice and Graduation: Vaughn Rodriguez’s Final Months at Northern

Harry Stine January 27, 2023

Vaughn Rodriguez didn’t know much about Northern before enrolling. All he knew was that he had a friend that needed a roommate at NMU, and before he knew it, he left Grand Rapids and found himself in...

Editorial — Graduating seniors encouraged to celebrate achievements uniquely

Editorial — Graduating seniors encouraged to celebrate achievements uniquely

North Wind Editorial Board December 8, 2022

With finals week just around the corner, seniors at NMU are undoubtedly counting down the days until they graduate. For those who intend on graduating this semester, the North Wind Editorial Board would...

Man pushes a boulder up a slope

Opinion — We came here to graduate, push through and get your degree

Chris Anderson November 14, 2022

College is the place where people go to better their life by continuing their education and learning valuable skills that will translate to a comfortable position doing what they have always wanted to...

LITTLE BAY — The sun rises above two fishermen on Little Bay de Noc, painting the water shades of yellow in my hometown of Gladstone, Mich. With endless information at our fingertips, Gen Zers now more than ever have been itching to escape their small towns to see what life has to offer them elsewhere.

Opinion — Why young people leave their small towns

Andie Balenger October 13, 2022

When I was in high school, all anyone ever talked about was getting out of our small town. Gladstone, located along the shimmering shores of Little Bay de Noc in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, houses...

Graduating class reflects, prepares for future

Graduating class reflects, prepares for future

Ryan McChesney April 23, 2021

The graduating class of 2021 has had an unexpected final year. Due to COVID-19, commencement will be virtual. NMU will host its spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 10 a.m. and...

A photo of the wildcat statue on NMU campus

Winter commencement ceremony to be held online

Rayna Sherbinow February 25, 2021

In a year full of virtual events, online club meetings and classes held over Zoom, it should come as no surprise that graduation is receiving a digital makeover this semester. Traditionally hosted in...

Peter Smedley/NW

Graduates will zoom in on December 6th for commencement. Others can also join the zoom meeting found at

Virtual commencement for summer and fall graduates

Peter Smedley November 19, 2020

Students who graduated in the spring 2020 semester were the first to be virtual graduates of in-person colleges. With the relentless spike in Covid-19 cases around Marquette, NMU will be having another...

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Erickson to invite Snyder for May commencement

Winter Keefer November 2, 2017

In a move that has sparked controversy among NMU faculty, President Fritz Erickson will soon extend an invitation to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to be the commencement speaker at next semester’s graduation....

Graduating in four years essential

Northwind Staff February 14, 2013

A 2006 report from the Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education compiled by Kyle I. Jen, a fiscal analyst, ranked NMU ninth out of the 15 public universities in Michigan in terms...

NMU grads find careers

Hannah Fermanich October 4, 2012

Graduation is only a few short months away for many NMU students, and while the prospects of life after college might seem daunting, NMU’s graduate survey report should give students a glimmer of hope. The...

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