Northeastern University

Sarah Sweet - Class of 2010

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

I chose sociology as my major after taking Jack Levin’s Sociology of Violence course. I had too many questions to ask and knew that it would take years of studying to answer them. Sociology was a perfect fit for me because it is a never ending conversation.

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

I chose NU mostly because it is a city school with a campus. The co-op program drew me in initially, but I fell in love with the idea of living in a city, but still having a small campus space that felt more like a traditional college campus.

How many co-ops have you completed?


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

Cetrulo and Capone - Litigation Assistant Fall 2007

  • Prepared case files for firm attorneys and paralegals; maintained impeccable files and filing system

  • Recorded, coded, filed, and distributed of all incoming correspondence and pleadings to firm lawyers and attorneys for case management

  • Promptly traveled to and from Boston area courthouses, hospitals, and state record-keeping departments; delivered and distributed defendant’s motions

  • Williams Elementary School - Assistant Teacher Fall 09

  • Assisted principal in organization of incoming and departing students information

  • Greeted, answered parents questions in afternoon shift of office

  • Assisted teachers in classrooms K-5, music, PE, art, and library

  • Implemented school wide recycling and food bank program

  • My two co-ops may seem as though they don’t connect, but in my mind they do. I have an interest in family/child custody law and wanted to work in both a law and school environment separately. I felt that this would allow me to see different perspectives on the issue as well as allow me to see where my true passions were.

    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?

    Yes - I did a dialogue (summer 1) in Israel where we studied at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. There, we traveled and took courses relating to the conflict as well as studying the Hebrew language.

    I also studied abroad in Florence, Italy at SACI- Studio Art Centers International. During this semester I took silk screening, jewelry making, history of Italian Opera, Poetry, and Italian language courses. I was able to travel to different areas of Italy as well as Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, and Greece.

    My last year at Northeastern I started a student group called SAAP- Sociology Anthropology Academic Peers. I wanted to start a program that let older sociology and anthropology students help out younger students. We often helped students pick out courses, suggest professors based on learning styles, and offer advice on balancing work with their social lives.

    Have you Graduated from NU?

    Yes. I graduated in May 2010 and moved back home to Chicago, IL. Here I am working as a research assistant at the Center for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy at the Institute for Psychoanalysis. I plan on taking the LSAT in October of 2010 and looking into joint degree programs that will include both Law (JD) and Social Work (MSW).

    I believe that my coop experiences have helped me out tremendously at my new job, giving me a strong foundation to work off of. I also believe that it was the support of the faculty in the Sociology Department that gave me a sense of confidence to strive to do my best and to continue to push myself. My last year at Northeastern made the biggest impact on my life so far and I have the professors and graduate students to thank for that.

    Questions Answered as of 06/18/2010