This weekend I wore a green robe, walked across a stage and graduated from Northern Michigan University after five years of school.
Even though I am really excited to be done with school - hopefully forever - I will miss NMU. It has been my home for five years and, though I will be staying in the Marquette area for now, I might actually miss the school.
When I came to NMU, I was majoring in forensic biochemistry. After taking a few English classes, I found that I liked English a lot better than science, which is completely opposite from how I?felt when I was in high school. A couple of my English professors told me that I would be a good writer if I ever changed my mind about my major. With that encouragement, I decided to do what I loved and switched my major.
I became an English writing major with a concentration in journalism. Without the encouragement of my English professors I would have never decided to be a journalist and I wouldn't be working at The Mining Journal.
NMU has shaped me into who I am today and I thank my instructors for that. Even though I don't have an answer when people ask me what I'm going to do after graduation, I'm not scared like most students would be because I feel prepared for anything.
NMU was my first choice for college and I've never regretted the decision. It's a good college that has professors who care about their students succeeding. I don't know where I would be if I'd decided to go to the college my parents wanted me to attend back home.
Even though I'm leaving NMU behind, I will always have a part of it with me. I'm proud to be an NMU alum.
Editor's note: Northern Michigan University student and Mining Journal Staff Writer Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.