Northeastern University

Joe Bordieri - Class of 2011

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

The reason I wanted to be a human service major is because it fit best with my career and academic goals. I wanted to be apart of a program that valued service and offered opportunities to be out in the field practicing classroom material.

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

I chose NU because it offered me the best opportunity to receive a good education. In addition the location is great to be able to serve at local nonprofit organizations in neighboring communities and get hands on experience. NU was a perfect fit for me because it provided me with a great support system that has fostered my personal growth as a student and citizen.

How many co-ops have you completed?

I have completed three co-ops.

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

  • My first co-op was as the Program Assistant at the Center of Community Service at Northeastern University. At the CCS I coordinated events and helped other NU students find volunteering opportunities in the community.

  • My second co-op I served as a Teacher’s Aide at the Edward Devotion School in Brookline, MA. At the Devotion School my main responsibility was to facilitate recess time. In addition however my supervisor allowed me to explore and work with different people at the school in order to get a better idea of what I would like to do in the future. Some of people I worked with were the social worker, guidance counselor, and a couple teachers.

  • My third co-op I worked as a Direct Care Counselor for the Home for Little Wanderers in their Knight’s Children Center location. This has been my favorite co-op thus far because it has combined all my interest in the human service field. I have been able to worked with a population that I have wanted to serve in addition I was able to work in their special education program that is something I have wanted to do.

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

  • My first co-op really taught me the importance of attention to details and the hard work that goes into planning events. It also opened my eyes to many service organizations that I had never heard of.

  • My second co-op really confirmed for me my passion for working with youth. It also helped me to realize that I enjoy working in a school setting.

  • My third co-op taught me that in addition to working with youth, I really would like to work with disadvantage youth who are involved with the DCF. In conjunction with that I would like to work in the special educations program that serves these youth because I have learned that education is the door way to many opportunities for success.

    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?

    Each semester I have always tried to make it a goal to participate in some service-learning course. From my service-learning experience I have been able to explore many different aspects of the human service field from event planning, fundraising, education, and mentorship. Service-learning at NU is a must do I believe because of the benefits it offers for students to apply classroom material with practice in the field. Many learning experiences can come from it.

    I have also done two studies abroad, one in Northern Ireland, the other in Israel. Both my studies abroad were connected to social conflict. In Northern Ireland I was able to participate in a internship with one of their integrated secondary schools. To travel abroad opened my eyes to many different ways of living and thinking that are different from the United States. It also helped me to realize that not all countries are as fortunate as us to be able to live in peace each day.

    Have you Graduated from NU?

    I will be graduating in May 2011. Without my co-ops and experiential education I would be more confused about my future. In addition I would not have been able to discover my strengths and weaknesses as an employee. As a result of my education at NU I have a clear vision of what I would like to pursue down the road. I am also more confident in myself as someone who can make a positive impact in the field of human services because of all the wonderful experiences NU has offered me.

  • Questions Answered as of 11/3/2010