Jessi Savino - Class of 2010
Why did you choose this major, and does/did it seem like the right major for you? Why?
after changing from Journalism, I was unsure as to what I wanted to do, but knew that I wanted to do something involving working with people. I knew that sociology was the study of people, so it just seemed to make sense. Once I began my studies, I found it fascinating, and although I didn't know what I'd eventually do with it, I knew I'd made the right choice.
Why did you choose NU? Was/is this the right school for you?
I chose NU both because of it's location in Boston and because of it's co-op program. Especially having graduated in such a tough economic market, I've found my co-op experiences to be so beneficial, and am definitely glad I went to NU and participated in the co-op program.
How many co-ops have you completed?
I completed two co-ops.
Can you list the companies and give a quick synopsis of what you did?
My first co-op was at Hoffman & Hoffman, LLP, a real estate law firm, where I was a receptionist . My main duties were answering the phone and filing, but I also did some composing of legal documents such as deeds, bills, etc.
My second co-op was for the Boston City Council, where I was a research assistant. My primary duties at this job were to research those issues that the councilor I worked under (the president, Michael Ross) was interested in creating legislation around. I also composed correspondence to constituents and other government officials, as well as performed office duties such as answering the phone and distributing the mail.
If you participated in co-op, what were the highlights/great learning opportunities you gained?
The most beneficial part of my first co-op was my exposure to other branches of law that I'd never considered. Additionally, after that co-op ended, I actually got a part-time job with another lawyer on the floor who needed help when his paralegals left for law school in other parts of the country. The most beneficial part of my second co-op was being introduced to the inner workings of government local, about which I'd never given much thought or had much understanding. I also made valuable connections, which helped tremendously in my job search after graduation. But most importantly, this co-op is where I made some of my best friends (and also met my current boyfriend).
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?
I did a service learning position at the New England Center for Homeless Veterans, during which I created a resource manual for the homeless who either could not or did not wish to stay at the NECHV, in which I listed other shelters, cheap motels, and other housing resources. I actually stayed at this position for two months after my service learning ended so that I could finish the manual.
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 graduated with my BS and am now working as an Administrative Assistant in the Leased Housing Division of the Boston Housing Authority. I'm waiting for a Leasing Officer position to open up, which all my co-workers think I'll have a good chance of getting with my degree and experience.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
In this crazy economy, I definitely think the co-op program gave me an edge over those who graduated at the same time from other schools with only a degree.
Questions Answered as of 11/8/2010