Northeastern University

Elisabeth Gibson-Mueller - Class of 2008

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

I chose this major because I really want to help people and understanding different group experiences seemed like a great start for that. It was a great choice for me because it opened up doors to many possible careers that would allow me to help people- law, education, social work, and more.

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

I chose NU because I wanted to be in the city but have an actual campus. Co-op was a definite factor too. It was definitely the right move for me. I had a great experience!

This picture is of me with Mayor Menino from the BPHS scholarship award night in 2006 - during my first co-op.

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

I did two co-ops. My first was in the Northeastern University Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an Admissions Assistant. In this position I got to give tours and information sessions, help to coordinate the Boston Public High School (BPHS) scholarship and see all aspects of the admissions process.

My second co-op was with Northeastern University's College of Professional Studies - the NUin Program as an International Student Leader (ISA) in Australia. This position allowed me to travel to and stay in Australia during the piloting of the NUin programs. I was an RA, and admissions liaison among other responsibilities.

This picture is when I am an ISA in Australia - during my second co-op.

Co-op really showed me what real life was going to be like- it was exhausting! It also taught me about money management. I learned a lot about interacting with different groups and helping different groups interact with each other.

Have you Graduated from NU?

I just finished my second year teaching ELL (the newest official term for ESL students) at the elementary level. My co-ops helped determine that while education in general appeals to me, college aged students aren't really the population I want to focus on.

Questions Answered as of 06/18/2010