Northeastern University

Maya Genovesi - Class of 2011

Double Major Human Services and Psychology


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

I entered Northeastern University as an undecided student, and declared a Human Services major by December of my Freshman year. I was attracted to the smaller student to teacher ratio, enjoyed the Professors, and was interested in the classes that I would be required to take. Human Services also felt natural to me, and as if it would give me the knowledge and tools that I need to move forward. I then declared a double major in Psychology because I have always been interested in individual pathology, I also liked all the required classes and viewed this as an opportunity to enhance my experience as a Human Services Major.

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

I chose NU due to the CO-OP program and because it was the only school that I visited that I could easily see myself going to. I also always wanted to go to school in Boston. It has definitely been the right choice for me, I learned so much both in the classroom and during CO-OP. I have a much better idea of what I want to do in the future.

How many co-ops have you completed?

Two Co-op cycles; 3 co-op positions (My 2nd co-op cycle had 2 co-op positions- both part time)

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

My first co-op was at Pathfinder International as a Program Operation Unit Intern : I provided technical support for international reproductive health initiatives, acted as a liaison for consultants, and conducted a research project on reproductive services for Refugees and Internally Displaced People in conflict settings. I also had the opportunity to go Washington, D.C. to the Global Health Conference with the company, which was a fantastic experience.

My second co-ops were simultaneous (two at one time - 20 hours each). Granite House- Bay State Community Services as a Residential Counselor : I supervised daily milieu activity of ten adolescents between the ages for 13 to 20 years of age, with mental illnesses and trauma. I provided support during hallucinations, self-mutilation, violent outbursts, and restrictive eating. I also processed daily treatment plans with individual residents.

Brudnick Center on Conflict and Violence I was the research assistant to Dr. Levin and Dr. Rabrenovic and provided administrative support to the center. I created, implements, and administered a study to 300 students on public fascination with serial murder and whether gender is a factor.

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

I feel that co-op taught me a great deal about myself. It taught me what I needed to work on, solidified what I was passionate about, and give me an incredible solid foundation of tools to utilize in the future. All of the positions also gave me different lessons.

Pathfinder International taught me what the inside of a organization looked like that did reproductive health work, which I hope to do someday. I was also given the opportunity to be a part of a working community with others that were as passionate as I am on similar issues.

Granite House taught me a lot about self-awareness, motivation, and perseverance, and I now have valuable mental health experience for the future.

The Brudnick Center gave me the opportunity to work along side two incredible professionals, that were willing to give their time to me, providing me with direction, knowledge, and feedback. This experience also led to other networking opportunities in the my senior year of college.

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?

NU is very big on service learning. I had opportunities to do service learning four times during my career at NU. Two of those opportunities included working at the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury and becoming involved in the Campus Center on Violence Against Women (CCVAW) at Northeastern. Both were fantastic opportunities, specifically working at the CCVAW, led to the founding of a interactive social change theater group called "Acting Out."

Other opportunities that enriched my experience was participating in two Dialogue of Civilization Programs, one to Mexico and another to South Africa. These two experiences were incredible adventures that pushed me out of my comfort zone, and pointed me the way to pursuing a career in Public Health.

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.

In the fall I will be attending New York University's Dual Program in Global Public Health and Social Work. My professional goal for the future is to mediate social problem through creative and sustainable solutions.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I am so grateful to the professors who gave me their time, attention, and resources. They are wonderful, genuine, and are passionate about the work that they do. They gave me the opportunity to gain such experience and knowledge.

Questions Answered as of 11-5-2010