Northeastern University

Kevin Brown - Class of 2008

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

I chose Human Services[and minored in Criminal Justice] because I enjoy helping and working with people. It was the right fit for me at the time, as it provided both a variety of career related avenues to explore, as well as necessary fundamental skills needed to excel in both national and global economy.

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

I chose NU because I wanted to attend school in an urban area, but I was definitely convinced when information was presented about the co-op experience offered. NU is the best school if you ask me. The Co-op experience was advantageous, as it provided me with real professional work experience that I appreciate today. At the age of 25, I feel the world is mines with the ambition, initiative to get things done the right way, and drive the Northeastern experience provided me with.

How many co-ops have you completed?

I was able to complete two co-op cycles.

Can you list the companies and give a quick synopsis of what you did? What were the highlights/great learning opportunities you gained?

I did one co-op at Northeastern University's Undergraduate Admissions Department as an Admissions Assistant. And my second co-op at Northeastern University's Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs Department as an Government Relations Assistant. I learned the importance of diligence, attention to details, and how to take the initiative and make the right things happen. One of many highlights during my co-op experience was meeting and speaking with Gov. Deval Patrick, and shaking hands with Senator John Kerry all in the same week. Those experiences at that time allowed me to dream of possible career situations for myself that, otherwise, would have been seen as lofty endeavors.

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?

With the numerous volunteer opportunities provided at NU, yes. I recall a group initiative fellow senior classmates and I took up to address the increase violence among youths in the Roxbury community. We were able to plan and execute an anti-violence peace program at the Bird Street community center located in the heart of where youth violence was most prevalent at the time. That was an awesome experience, as our group believed that we really got through to the numerous youths that were in attendance that evening of the event.

In terms of other volunteerism, I was a Husky Ambassador (a student representative of the University through Admissions) and I received the Northeastern (athletics) Dr. Phil Johnston community service award in (2006) as a reflection of leadership and community service work.

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 and I am proud to be alum of NU. My Co-op experience and co-op advisor were instrumental in guiding me into the career path I currently tread upon. I am currently an Executive board member for a church organization and currently head mission and outreach efforts as Director, impacting lives both locally and internationally. In addition, I am also a member of a growing for-profit organization that specializes in the world of sports and fitness training, as an Entrepreneur Associate and Fitness coach.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

If you want to graduate from your undergrads with a clear sense of direction concerning your career, as well as the fundamental skills the co-op experience offer, attend Northeastern University.

Questions Answered as of 06/18/2010