MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Nearly 25 high school students from Georgia arrived to the U.P. Thursday night, beginning a week long tour of NMU and Marquette.
"I'd say it's a lot colder here for sure," said Student Kia Kilgore. "They have so many different opportunities for us to do things with teaching. He always tells us to go for our passion. I say Northern is the best place to go."
High school juniors from Covington, Georgia are visiting the area and touring NMU's campus through next Wednesday.
"We want to expose our students to diversity. It's a very important program," said Graduate Assistant Jessica Betz. "Our students are able to talk with these high school students. It brings a whole new perspective to our students here on campus. Also, it's about bringing new people into our community."
Friday they began their tour at Admissions to better understand how financial aid works. The tour guides then led them on a walk around campus to see what college life looks like in our community.
"The people are so nice. It makes the whole experience better," said Student Taylor Johnson. "The environment is more welcoming. I'm actually considering going from Georgia to Michigan to be here."
The students will also be doing other recreational activities like hiking and then biking to Presque Isle. They'll be visiting the Superior Dome while they're up here too. Next week they will even get a chance to take a class in the School of Education at Northern.
"I'll stack this program up to anybody else as to what they do and the experiences they give their students," said Future Georgia Educator Rick Cormier. "That's really what it's all about. These students need experience, and that's what Northern provides to prepare them to go into diverse classrooms."
NMU is hoping to continue building relationships with other states to provide future tours.