Northeastern University

Kirby Morrison - Class of 2011

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

It took me awhile to pick Sociology but in the end, it was a perfect fit. I ended up majoring in Sociology because I found the classes to be incredibly interesting and that was the most important thing to me. It turned out to be the right major for me because I haven't lost my passion for the classes I'm taking and constantly find myself learning more and more each year about the stuff I am truly interested in.

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

I chose Northeastern last minute because a lot of my friends from high school were going here, and I knew I'd be homesick. I also chose Northeastern because it is a good school and great location in Boston. It was the right school for me because I've become happy here and stepped out of my comfort zone and met new people and enjoyed my time here.

How many co-ops have you completed?

Two

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

For my first co-op, I worked at the John Winthrop School for Young Children, where I was a Assistant Teacher in a classroom of sixteen 3-5 year olds. I worked with the kids in small groups, whether it was doing arts & crafts with them or teaching them math through fun games. The highlights of working there were realizing I want to become a teacher and when one kid told me I was his best friend.

For my second co-op, I worked at the Underwood Elementary School in Newton, where I was a Teacher Assistant in a 2nd grade classroom. I taught small groups of students, supervised the school lunch, and was a classroom aide for a 2nd grade student as well. The highlights of my co-op were reaffirming my goal of becoming a teacher, making a huge impact on the 2nd grader I was mainly working with, and going back to be a mystery reader for my class after my co-op ended.

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?

Some of my friends and I play tennis with some local kids at the Columbus Ave tennis courts. I also became part of the Big Brother program in Boston my junior year. I was matched up with Tyler, a 2nd grader, and it's been a truly wonderful experience.

See picture of Kirby and Tyler above

Questions Answered as of 06/18/2010