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The summer air in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula is a beautiful thing, and next week it will be coupled with something even better: the hopes, dreams and excitement of 200+ college freshman exploring Finlandia University's campus during New Student Orientation.
The week is an annual tradition that brings in all of the new Finlandia students to prepare them for their next few years in the Copper Country.
"This year's New Student Orientation (NSO) has a whole new look," said Erin Barnett, Director of Academic Success and Student Life. "Our goal is to help students feel connected to classmates, the campus, and the community."
Some of the highlights of the week include a Portage Lake Shipping Canal boat tour on the Ranger III, a tour of the historic Quincy Mine in Hancock, and a day trip to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Ontonagon County.
"Our incredible team of orientation leaders are excited to facilitate team-building activities, and will end the week with a new mystery theatre event," Barnett said. "Of course, it wouldn't be orientation without learning traditional study skills, advising students on what to expect at Finlandia, and wellness workshops."
Full daily schedules are in place to help the students gain the confidence they need heading into their first year of college at Finlandia.
"For a small school, we have a great diversity of interests and opportunities," Barnett said. "The campus community has pulled together to welcome our students back, starting Saturday with Welcome Weekend."
See the full schedule of events, and learn more about New Student Orientation by clicking here.