On Saturday many of my friends graduated from Northern Michigan University with hundreds of other students and I wish them all the best in the future.
I recently was interviewed by a journalism student from NMU. He had to interview someone for his senior seminar class and one of the questions he asked was how I got my job. I've been working at The Mining Journal for about two years now and I graduated in August, which means I was in my choice of career for about a year and a half before I graduated and was made full-time a month after graduating.
When this student asked me how I got into my career I told him what I tell everyone that hears my story, I got lucky. I owe where I am today to NMU. Without the professors that encourage me to switch my major from forensics biochemistry to English writing or The North Wind, NMU's student newspaper, I wouldn't have a full-time job in my career. I owe a huge thanks to The North Wind because that's where I really learned to write articles and where I learned how to lay out pages.
I know that NMU isn't the most elite university out there, but the professors care about their students, even after they've gone on and graduated, I've found. I hope that all of new graduates had the same experience I did with the people on campus and feels the same way I do.
I also hope that each new graduate took advantage of everything that NMU had to offer to help them out with getting a job in their career choice in the future. A lot of NMU graduates have gone on to do great things.
My advice to recent graduates is to never give up on your dream and don't get discouraged by not getting any responses to applications or not getting offered a job. The right one will come along.
Editor's note: Recent Northern Michigan University graduate and Mining Journal Ishpeming Bureau reporter Adelle Whitefoot can be reached at 906-228-2500. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.