Northeastern University

Eileen Rice - Class of 2013

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

I chose this major after entering Northeastern as an undeclared student, because I realized through previous experiences in my life, that the exploration of other peoples and cultures was a real passion of mine. It was absolutely the best major for me because it incorporates two things that I really enjoy: traveling and learning about the history of nations, while learning what it takes to provide for those who live both in our nation and across the globe.

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

I chose Northeastern University, like many other students, for the co-op experience. The reason that Northeastern is the right school for me, however, is the culmination of co-op and abroad experience, because I have been able to cater my college experience to what my professional and personal goals are.

Attending Northeastern has allowed me to complete a co-op in Boston, as well as an upcoming co-op abroad, as well as two short-term study abroad experiences. It is this flexibility and ability to cater your Northeastern schedule to your goals, that has offered me these opportunities and has definitely made Northeastern the right school for me.

How many co-ops have you completed?

I have completed two part-time co-ops and will be going on international co-op in January 2011.

If you participated in co-op, can you list give a quick synopsis of what you did?

I worked at the Boston Rescue Mission, as their volunteer coordinator. This is a truly incredible organization to be a part of, I scheduled individual and volunteer groups, aided in outreach programs, helped volunteers in the soup kitchen, as well as attended volunteer fairs on behalf of the Boston Rescue Mission. I really cannot say enough positive things about the Boston Rescue Mission.

The other part-time co-op that I participated in was at City Year Headquarters. I worked in the New Site Development department, doing research on potential City Year sites across the nation, as well as aided in travel preparations for the other members of the New Site Development team.

If you participated in co-op, what were the highlights/great learning opportunities you gained?

Some of the great highlights throughout my co-op experience came with the people I met. While co-oping at the Boston Rescue Mission, I met some truly generous people who were eager to help in any way possible. I also got firsthand experience in a grassroots non-profit, dedicated to its mission and the people it serves. Additionally, one of the greatest learning opportunities I gained from my co-op experience was exposure to two very different non-profit atmospheres, one more corporate, the other grassroots, and to learn from both styles what environment I would want to work in post-graduation.

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?

I have been fortunate enough to have participated in service-learning in Boston and through a Northeastern program abroad, as well as domestic and international volunteering. By far, these experiences have enhanced my experience here at Northeastern more then I could have imagined.

Participating in service-learning abroad through the dialogue of civilizations to Costa Rica, it opened my eyes to human services interventions abroad, and granted me and the other service-learners in my group not only the opportunity to work one on one with the clients, developing therapy ideas for their day program, but we also were able to meet with the founders of our organization, help them assess and identify needs, and eventually provide the necessary tools and aide to the program.

Have you Graduated from NU?

Not yet.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

Just that, by attending Northeastern, going on co-op and taking advantage of the multitude of international opportunities, there is no doubt in my mind that this University and the Human Services/International Affairs program were the right choice for me. :)

Questions Answered as of 11/10/2010