Motivation: A Practice

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Motivation is something we all need to keep us plowing through whatever the task at hand may be. Currently for me, it’s about the finals that I describe as slaying me. It might be a bit harsh, but I definitely need motivation to keep me going through this entire finals week. For you, it might be a hard deadline at work or a tough project that you just can’t seem to get it done.

I call motivation a practice because it’s not something that just happens naturally. Motivation is how we all keep moving forward in whatever it is that may be in our way to the next thing(s). Motivation, however, is something we have to practice. It seems silly, but keeping your head up throughout tough tasks is not easy. I find it easier to keep myself motivation once I’ve already started, but how does one motivate him/herself to start?

Break it up into smaller pieces. A lot of us tend to think of a large project as one thing, and while yes it is one thing at the end of the day, break it up into its smaller, more manageable components. For instance, I might have to write a report, so I have my introduction, conclusion, and everything in between, from methods, results, and analysis. If I think of it as a paper, I get scared. If I think of it as writing my methods and then results first, then the introduction, and finally the analysis and conclusion, it is SO much more manageable and any anxiety I had reduces immensely.

Make an outline and plan out the time. It helps to create an overarching plan for what’s ahead. I’ll write out in a notebook what I plan to do everyday for a week or so, especially if its a busier week than most. I’ll relax about it and know what I have to focus on that day. This will help also break down the project(s) (see above) as you’ll only be working on smaller parts each day instead of one big thing.

Head up, practice that motivation, and you’ll get through it! Be like a bird, you’ll fly right through it.

Beyond the Green Line: New York City

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BEYOND THE GREEN LINE is a blog series featured on the Northeastern University Career Development Blog, ‘The Works’.  Each post highlights a major city and gives you an inside look at the local food, culture, music scene, the industries that are thriving there, and some current job openings in the area. 


Did you know that has deemed New York City one of the best cities to start your job search?  Did you also know that New York state had the most Fortune 500 companies in the nation (55) in 2015? Some of them may sound familiar – J.P. Morgan, Citigroup, MasterCard; Time Warner, Cablevision, Verizon, CBS and 21st Century Fox to name a few.

Additionally, there were 104,300 new private sector jobs created over the last year in NYC –a 2.9% increase, which was above the national rate of increase.  Last year alone, 472 Northeastern students did a Co-op in the NYC region.  The Husky Nation doesn’t end there – the New York City Alumni Community has a strong membership and can be your extended Husky family away from Boston.

Why live and work in NYC? See for yourself…

Food and Drink

  • All of the pizza. Available at ANY HOUR. Also, Bagels. YES.
  • Pastrami on Rye at Katz’s Delicatessen – there’s a reason this deli is 127 years old and going strong.
  • Cronuts and Cookie Shots from Dominique Ansel Bakery
  • Create your own brewery pub crawl – 12 microbreweries in NYC
  • The Manhattan – born right here; also the Egg Cream which contains neither egg nor cream…


  • Coney Island – did you know that the hot dog was perhaps invented/definitely popularized here?
  • Comedy Cellar – iconic West Village club where Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle recently put on a performance
  • From the American Museum of Natural History to the MET to MoMa, there’s a museum everywhere you turn – check out some of the lesser known ones too like the Frick Collection and/or the International Center of Photography
  • Theater – Broadway continues to innovate and delight millions, but theater comes in all shapes and sizes. According to the 2012 World Cities Culture Report, New York is home to 420 theatres –about 70 more than Paris- and theatre attendance is highest in NYC at 28 million people/year.
  • Music – Bowery Ballroom; CMJ Music festival, held each October in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn; Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival;
  • Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade – a New York City tradition since 1924
Photo Credit:Sukrit Srisakulchawla

Pictured: NYC Co-op connector Julia Le with friend on the NYC piers. Photo Credit: Sukrit Srisakulchawla



  • Obviously, one must commune with nature in Central Park but also the High Line –NYC’s only elevated park formed out of 1.4 miles of a retired rail track
  • Take the Staten Island Ferry to check out Lady Liberty herself
  • If you think the city is wild, check out the 4,000 animals at the Bronx Zoo (go Wednesday when it’s free!)
  • Check out a game – NY Jets or Giants; Knicks or Nets; Yankees or Mets; Rangers, or Islanders


Job Opportunities – log into NUcareers through your MYNEU to apply!

Alphasights – Analyst/Associate

American Express – Treasury Analyst; Analyst, Operations

Bank of New York Mellon Corporation – Assistant Writer; Fund Accountant

Crowdtap – Full Stack Engineer

Educational Alliance – Special Needs Support Counselor – New Country Day Camp

Marsh & McLennan – Assoc. Training Advisor; Risk Analyst

Morgan Stanley – Developer – Java; Financial Analyst; Junior Human Resources Generalist & Project Manager

Mthree Consulting – Application Support Analyst

Office of the New York State Attorney General – Data Scientist

Open Systems Technologies – Java Developer 2

Pfizer – Sr. Associate, Financial Reporting & Special Projects; Scientist, Molecular & Cellular Biology (non-PhD)

SHOO IN LLC – Financial Analyst; Client Relations Specialist

Success Academy Charter Schools – Art Teacher; Editorial Director


NUcareers job portal

Co-op Connections New York

New York City Alumni Community

We want your feedback!

Feel free to leave us a comment if there’s anything we’ve missed or particular cities you’d like us to profile.  We’ll be taking a break for the summer, but will pick back up in the fall with more inside looks at major cities across the nation. Have a great summer!

This post was authored by Melissa Croteau. Melissa is an Assistant Director of Employer Relations at Northeastern University where she focuses on initiating new and broadening existing employer relationships with a goal of increased full time, internship and co-op hiring of students as well as greater employer engagement within the broader Northeastern community.  She just celebrated 5 years of working at Northeastern where she also earned her Master’s in Higher Education Administration in 2013.  When she’s not chatting up employers, she enjoys singing in a 100-person choral group, hiking, and exploring the MFA.

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Logistics of International Co-op

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Last week, I was a panelist at a global co-op event held by GlobeMed. A lot of the questions directed toward the six of us (students who had co-oped in Uganda, Ghana, and South Africa) were logistical – what resources we used on campus, how we set up our living situation, how we chose our co-ops – so I thought I’d write about that since there might be some people who are curious about the application process itself.


Pursuing an international co-op was not as difficult as some people make it out to be. Instead of my college advisor, I worked closely with the advisors at the international co-op office, newly reformed as the “Global Experience Office,” since they were more familiar with the process of applying to international programs.

With most international experiences, it is a lot easier to work with what is called a provider. Providers are agencies that link volunteers with on-ground programs. Each site has a local coordinator, who sometimes becomes your host upon your arrival. In my program, I had a host family so I did not have to worry about food or accommodation for the entirety of my stay. As such, you do end up paying to volunteer, but the funds go toward your accommodation, placement into the program, and support from international coordinators. When I went to the international co-op office, I was given a long list of clinical-related programs through many different providers. I chose my provider based on affordability, type of work, and past reviews.

Choosing the country I wanted to work in was another ordeal. The provider I chose, Experiential Learning International, has sites in 28 countries, giving me plenty of options to choose from. I worked in a process of elimination. Growing up, I lived in six countries, mostly in Asia, so I decided that I wanted to visit another part of the world. I also wanted to avoid very developed areas that were similar to the US, so that eliminated Europe. I found that a lot of the Latin American countries required Spanish skills, so that was also off the table. What remained was Africa. South Africa was too developed for me – I wanted a very rustic and real experience. I also eliminated countries in West Africa due to the Ebola scare. So I was left with East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. Kenya was on the US no-travel list due to unrest and occasional terrorism acts, so I decided against petitioning with Northeastern to attempt to go anyway. They do not speak much English in Tanzania, so I was finally left with Uganda. In hindsight, I am very happy with the choice I ended up making. Although I had no idea at the time, this co-op turned into the most eye-opening experience I’ve had yet and gave me opportunities to grow both personally and professionally.

I cannot recommend international co-op enough. Whether you choose the country before the work placement or vice versa, there is so much to learn from living and working in a place that is completely outside of your comfort zone. If you do decide to pursue an international experience, good luck and enjoy it!