Northeastern University

Sarah Lucey - Class of 2013

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

I chose Human Services after completing the freshman volunteer program, nuSERVES, run through the Center of Community Service. I came into Northeastern as an undeclared major, and had never even heard of Human Services, but once I learned of it from upperclassmen leaders of nuSERVES and through the informational major fairs on-campus, I soon declared it before the end of my first semester. I also declared my two minors in the following two semesters because I love taking a variety of courses, but knew that they needed to be accounted for! I do feel that my major/minors is the right combination for me, something I have discovered through my course work, service-learning, advisers and professors. All of these components have worked well together in providing a great experience in my time at Northeastern so far!

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

I chose Northeastern for it's various study abroad opportunities and it's co-op program, two things that I think are nearly vital in a fantastic college experience! So far, I have traveled to Costa Rica on a Dialogue of Civilizations for a short international study over the summer of 2010, and have completed one co-op just before that in the spring 2010! Both of these helped me to cement my choice of major/minors, while pushing my expectations of how a typical college student's journey is shaped.

How many co-ops have you completed?

1 co-op so far.

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

I have completed one co-op as the Program Assistant at the Center of Community Service. I was primarily, the first face of the Center that welcomes and assists students, faculty and outside organizations through walk-ins to the office, phone calls and maintaining the community service email inbox.

I also assisted the Assistant Director plan and implement key programs such as the Volunteer Fair, Martin Luther King Day of Service and Leadership, and Alternative Spring Break. Individually, I ran the Husky Volunteer Team (managing 20-50 weekly student volunteers), created the monthly E-Newsletters (sent out to over 4,600 students and faculty on campus), and towards the end of my co-op term starting to research and planning fall events such as nuSERVES and the Honors Outreach Project.

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

Through my co-op, I greatly enhanced my communication skills, both written and verbal, as well as presentation skills when summer orientations started for the incoming freshmen. Another area that was definitely sharpened in my time with the Center was organization skills to handle all of the simultaneous projects to be worked on!

One highlight would be the opportunity to travel as an Alternative Spring Break-er, through my own expense, but with a great team of student volunteers guided by the Center. I personally served in Natchez Mississippi at an abused and neglected childrens home, but the Center sent students to 14 locations, 11 domestic, and 3 international; it's a great time!

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?

In my time at Northeastern, I have also participated in service-learning through 3 on-campus courses and on my Dialogue to Costa Rica. These were all very hands-on projects in the communities we are hosted in for our time at college, and provided valuable direct skills that will be applicable to the rest of my academic and future careers.

I have also volunteered through Alternative Spring Break and nuSERVES, mentioned above, along with other various one time events through the Center of Community Service. Finally, I will be for Spring 2011 in Rome, Italy for a traditional study abroad program! I cannot wait to see what kind of experience this will bring!

Have you Graduated from NU?

No I hope to graduate fall 2012, or spring 2013.

Questions Answered as of 10/29/2010

Sarah was also spotlighted in an article on the NU webpage.