Beyond the Basics: Top 10 Ways To Make The Most Out of NU
10) Review Your Degree Audit
A degree audit is an electronic tool designed to help you track your progress fulfilling academic requirements. You can access your degree audit by logging onto your myNEU account, clicking the “self-service” tab, and then clicking “degree audit” on the left-hand side.
Things to review on your degree audit:
a) Is your major information correct (i.e. BA or BS) and are your declared minors present?
b) How are you progressing with major, minor, and NU core requirements?
c) Is all of your transfer credit present and properly processed? (Transfer credit = AP, IB, GCE, and coursework from other colleges/universities).
For more information about your audit, check out the Registrar’s FAQ.
9) Explore Your Major and Minor Options
At Northeastern we have a wide variety of majors, combined majors, and minors. Whether you are contemplating changing your major, switching to a combined major, or adding a second major or minor, we have resources available to guide you in your decision-making process.
Take a look at all the majors, combined majors, and minors the college has to offer.
Each of our college’s departments also has a faculty advisor designated to sit down and discuss with you what a major or minor entails, including coursework, faculty research interests, as well as career and graduate school opportunities.
Lastly, your academic advisor can help you analyze whether your intended major and minor can work with your academic plan.
8) Solidify Your Plans for Co-op
Co-op is a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in a workplace setting where you can synthesize classroom learning with real world experience. Co-ops are typically 6 months long and last from either January to June (Spring & Summer 1) or from July to December (Summer 2 & Fall). Here are some important questions to begin asking yourself about co-op:
a) Are you eligible to go on co-op?
In order to be eligible, you must first take the co-op prep class. For our college the course is EESH2000 (CRIM2000 for CJ majors). You will want to take this course with your co-op coordinator the semester before you go on your first co-op. Transfer students are eligible to take this course in their 2nd semester and freshmen are eligible to take this course in their 3rd semester.
b) When do you want to do your first co-op?
Think through whether you want to begin in July or January and be sure to enroll in the co-op prep class the semester before you want to start your first co-op.
c) How many co-ops do you want to do?
Co-op is not required, but it is highly recommended. You can do one, two, or three co-ops, but keep in mind you cannot do back-to-back co-ops, and you cannot graduate on a co-op.
7) Consider Dialogue of Civilization Programs
In the summer of 2014, there were over 50 Dialogue of Civilizations programs around the world. Dialogues are short-term study abroad opportunities led by Northeastern faculty. They occur over a summer 1 or summer 2 term, and you will be taking 2 classes earning a total of 8 academic credits. The priority applications are due mid-November, but some Dialogues will still be accepting applications after this date.
Check out our Global Photography Contest Winners to see and read about their trips abroad and get inspired!
6) Consider Traditional Study Abroad Programs
There are opportunities to study abroad with 60 approved programs around the world. A traditional study abroad takes place during a fall or spring semester, and there are some programs available during the summer. In order to study abroad, you will want to work closely with the Office of International Study Programs and your academic advisor. As a team, we can guide you in selecting a country and program, and ensure that the classes you take abroad transfer back smoothly to Northeastern. Keep in mind, you must have completed 2 semesters here before being eligible to study abroad. Some programs have GPA and other requirements you must meet. The deadline to apply for a spring study abroad is October 1. For a summer or fall study abroad the deadline is March 1.
5) Get Involved on Campus!
There are plenty of ways to get involved on campus, including joining a student club/organization, fraternity/sorority, and being in a leadership position (just to name a few). Getting involved is a great way to learn about yourself and build your resume while also making a difference on this campus, in this community, and in the world.
4) Participate in Service-Learning & Community Service
Two unique ways to get involved that specifically emphasize making a difference in the lives of others are through service-learning and community service. Each semester there are academic courses offered that are designated as service-learning. Students engage in hands-on service roles where they apply course concepts while addressing the needs of the community.
There are also ways to get involved through community service. Whether it is for a day, a week, a semester, or a year, there are numerous ways to volunteer and make a difference in the lives of others.
3) Visit the Career Development Office
The Career Development Office is a place to visit early and often throughout your academic career. They offer one-on-one appointments, programs, workshops, and fairs throughout the semester. They can help you with all your career goals, from choosing the right major for you to how to negotiate your salary once you find your job.
Check out their blog, The Works, featuring posts from NU students, staff, and alums.
2) Collaborate with Faculty on Research
At Northeastern and in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, there are a wide range of opportunities to collaborate with faculty on research, whether that means jumping in and helping them with their projects or faculty assisting you to start your own project.
Here are a few outcomes of research:
-Graduate and professional school acceptances/scholarships
-Publications in scholarly journals
-Presentations at major academic conferences or creative venues
Here are some ways to collaborate with faculty on research:
-Research or Directed Study courses
-Research internships and co-ops
-Junior/Senior honors project
1) Make an Academic Plan
Now that you have a few semesters under your belt and have learned about all the opportunities here at Northeastern, make an appointment with your academic advisor to create a tentative academic plan. We want to sit down with you, see when you want to graduate, what you want to accomplish while you are here, and assist you in taking the next steps to achieve your goals. We also recommend meeting with your co-op coordinator and faculty advisor. As a collective whole, we can all collaborate to help you shape a robust plan for your time here at Northeastern.