Northeastern University

Anna Linck - Class of 2010

Human Services and International Affairs

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Why did you choose this major, and does/did it seem like the right major for you? Why?

I chose a dual major in human services and international affairs because I enjoy helping "impoverished" populations that have limited resources and I love cultures.

Why did you choose NU? Was/is this the right school for you?

I transferred from Emmanuel College in my 2nd year and NU was the exact fit for me because it allowed me the freedom to study with my hands and travel the world.

How many co-ops have you completed?

Two

Can you list the companies and give a quick synopsis of what you did?

My first co-op was at Sociedad Latina in Roxbury: I was the Summer Seedlings supervisor and the Mission Enrichment Program Assistant Coordinator. In this job I supervised an academic and outdoor summer day program for kids and in the Fall I supervised and planned an academically focused after-school program for middle school and high school students. The best part was working with the kids and forming relationships with my community. I learned a lot about behavior management!

My second was at the El Hogar Refugio Niños de Jesús (a foster home) in Bariloche, Argentina as an English as a Second Language and Photography teacher. Here I designed, planned, and taught English classes as well as a photography workshop to kids.

It was amazing to spend time with the children and see the progress throughout my classes I taught. It was great to speak and use so much Spanish as well as experience a whole other form of life.

Did you have any other "learning from outside of the classroom" (service learning, student leadership, study abroad, research, or volunteering) that also enriched your time here?

Yes, I completed THREE study abroad programs. One in Buenos Aires, Argentina (for an entire semester), another (short-term) in Alicante, Spain, and a Dialogue of Civilizations in Mae Sai, Thailand.

I also volunteered a lot. I completed my human services internship at Casa Myrna Vazquez, volunteered in the Dominican Republic, taught English at Centro Presente, conducted health interviews in Mission Hill for Sociedad and the Dana Farber Institute, and then worked again (summer of 2009) at Sociedad Latina (my former co-op).

Have you Graduated from NU? If Yes, please let us know what you are doing and if you think your co-ops and experiential education have helped you in your career path.

Yes I have graduated. I recently had a heart transplant and am recovering. I am working at Noerenberg Gardens, a formal public garden, as well as tutoring children in math and Spanish.

My co-ops and experiential education have helped me tremendously in planning my tutoring sessions as well as working with children and speaking Spanish. I have been accepted to Lesley University to receive my master's in education, a creative arts in learning program.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I highly recommend living in another country for more than 5 months!! :)

More information on Anna

Anna Linck was also featured in NU's Voice Newspaper while she was at NU. See this link to read.

Questions Answered as of 06/18/2010