Student Stories

By Leslie Mundell, 4th year English major

This year marks my fourth summer spent at Michigan Tech and the last summer break of my college life. The fall semester is here, and even though Fall is my favorite season—I’m dreaming of the leaves changing color and the crisp weather—I want to hold on to what we have left of this month.

I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula, so I have always been around nature, but the Copper County has something special about it. When summer rolls around at Tech, campus slows down. It’s nice to have a break from the hustle and bustle of the school year. Walking around campus during the summer—instead of running to your next class— makes you realize how great our school is, whether you notice the Keweenaw Boulder Garden or have time to appreciate the flowers that bloom when our long winters end.

This summer was unlike any of the others that I have experienced at Tech. Since my last semester is this fall, I have been preparing throughout the past four months. I made a list early on of what I wanted to achieve and what I needed to do to get ready for the semester. Summer always flies by, and I wanted to make the best of my time while also being able to relax from a busy school year.

To make the most of my summer I have been doing more reading, writing, working, outside activities and occasionally binge-watching my favorite shows. I have been working on campus and gaining experiences and learning skills that will help me not only in a few months, when I graduate, but also when I enter the workforce. I spend my free time when I’m not working exploring the area more and appreciating the outdoors before the many months of snow begin. My dog loves to walk down by Prince’s Point–even if he’s afraid of the water. When I’m not outside, I have been doing the things I don’t have as much time for in the school year. Sadly, my book pile is growing quicker than I can read them, but one perk of being an English major is that I’ll be reading a lot during the coming semester.

Even though I loved being on summer break and having time to sleep in, I am excited for the school year. I’ll be one step closer to starting my future, and I always enjoy seeing new faces around campus. This summer has been my favorite one at Tech because I have taken the time to fully enjoy what this amazing place can offer.

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Welcome to the new ParentNet!

Members of our campus community will share information about campus happenings, reminders about important dates, events and deadlines, and transitions your students may be experiencing throughout each semester. Additionally, our student writers will be sharing their own stories with you.  Our goal is to keep you informed of campus news and events and to let you know what you and your students should be thinking about.

We invite you to join the Michigan Tech Parents Facebook group. Parents actively engage in various discussion topics, post questions for one other, and share stories about their students. Participate in the conversation on Facebook.

Preparing new students for the fall semester

Summer is a great time to prepare for the 2016-2017 academic year.  If you are the parent or guardian of an incoming first-year student, begin preparing now for their arrival to Tech. It is important to start conversations early about college expectations.  In addition, all the physical preparation – the shopping, packing, and goodbyes – will be here before you know it.  Doing a little at a time is helpful so neither you nor your student gets overwhelmed with all of the last-minute work before Orientation.  Reviewing the What to Bring page will provide you with a list of things to bring and other helpful hints as you prepare for the move to campus.

Parent and Family Orientation

Did you know that Michigan Tech’s Orientation isn’t just for your student?  It’s for you, too!  Join us for Parent & Family Orientation August 20-21, 2016.   You will have the opportunity to meet Michigan Tech faculty and staff, attend information sessions on topics that are important to you, and network with other Michigan Tech families.  Kick-off the start to your student’s Orientation week and hear from President Glenn Mroz at the University Welcome. We look forward to meeting you soon!


Living on campus without wheels can be tough. Luckily with Zipcar, Michigan Tech students without a car still have access to wheels when they want them. Zipcar is a car sharing service that allows students 18+ to reserve cars on campus by the hour or the day, with gas and insurance included. So if you decide to leave the car behind, Zipcar is there to get students off campus with friends or home for the weekend.  To join visit

Keweenaw Summer

Summer has arrived in the Keweenaw!    Students are heading to the hiking trails and nature parks to get out and enjoy this beautiful season.  Exploring the Copper Country is a favorite for students who enjoy the quieter, more laid back environment of campus during summer.   If your student finds they are lacking the equipment needed to partake in their adventures, be sure to have them check out the OAP (Outdoor Adventure Program) where they can rent the gear they need.


Pre-college Opportunities

Michigan Tech’s campus is not just for college students in the summer.  If you have a pre-college student at home, be sure to check out the great opportunities for them on campus this summer:

  • Summer Youth Programs offers students an opportunity to experience a mini-version of college life. Students live in our residence hall, eat in the dining hall, and participate in their chosen exploration.  Explorations engage participants in hands-on, discovery-based learning opportunities.
  • Sports Camps offer young athletes an experienced coaching staff, excellent facilities and an outstanding learning and development environment.  From long weekends to week-long programs, our athletic staff offers individual and team camps in a number of sports, including basketball, football, hockey, mountain biking, skating, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Campers can take advantage of instruction from Michigan Tech coaching staff.

Save the date for Family Weekend, September 30-October 2, 2016! 

Family Weekend, a Michigan Tech tradition held each fall, provides parents, guardians, and family members the opportunity to visit with their Tech student. During Family Weekend, families can explore campus and the surrounding area, enjoy activities sponsored by Michigan Tech on and off campus, and spend quality time together. Mark your calendar and make arrangements soon—Family Weekend will be here before you know it!

Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition

Hello parents!

I hope everyone has been doing well. I’m sure people would agree that the weather up here has been crazy. Students have been studying and enjoying the sun. We’re two weeks into November and today is the first real snow we’ve seen.  Students have registered for broom ball teams for next semester and are starting to think ahead to Winter Carnival. One of the events that  occurred this week is the Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition.

The Bob Mark Elevator Pitch Competition is an annual opportunity for students with great ideas to present those ideas in front of an audience and compete for prize money. This is event is hosted by the School of Business and Economics and is open to all students. Using an elevator pitch, students make a two minute long speech to explain a business idea before a panel of expert judges . This year the first place winner receives $1,000 cash, a $5,000 expense account, 1 year of Smartzone office space, and $2,500 worth of business consulting.  Prizes are also awarded for second and third place, as well as audience favorite. There are some very impressive ideas that come through this competition from the crazy smart students we have here at Michigan Tech.

In addition to the Bob Mark Elevator Pitch competition, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved on campus while still being able to focus on exams and final projects. From Film Board movies to mini golf hosted by MUB Board, the opportunities for fun study breaks are always around.

If there are any questions, feel free to email me at Have a good week!


41 North Film Festival

Hello Parents!

Hard to believe we’re already eight weeks into the semester. For better or worse, we’re settling into one of the most important times for students (in my opinion). The weather keeps getting colder and it won’t be too long before we start seeing the snow stick. There are still some awesome things happening on campus this week, including the 41 North Film Festival, October 23-25.

The 11th annual 41 North Film Festival, formerly known as the Northern Lights Film Festival, shows independent films that are released and Screen Shot 2015-10-21 at 9.57.51 AMin discussion at the moment. It is an event that is getting students and the local community involved in the world of these films throughout the weekend. The films are absolutely free and open to the public. In addition to the films themselves, this festival allows the audience to interact with the filmmakers, producers, and other people in the industry. “Destination Cinema at Michigan Tech” is providing a chance for students and community members take a look at this films and gain some new perspective through watching the films and discussions about them.

In addition to the critically acclaimed movies that are being shown in the Rozsa, there will also be prizes at each screening. Sponsors have donated items to be raffled off throughout the weekend. Between the afternoon and evening screenings there will be live music shows in the Rozsa lobby. These are local bands and there will be a different one for each day of the festival. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to order food from local places and have it delivered after the afternoon screening, during the break.

With plenty of cool things going on, it can be difficult to want to stay in and study. However students here have some of the best work ethics and can always be seen the library or in a classroom getting things done. If there are any questions about events or happenings around Michigan Tech, feel free to email me at

Have a good weekend!