Former US Navy Linguist Finds Her Calling At Northeastern

The moment Sarah Nelson, S’17, stepped onto the Northeastern campus, she knew that the university spoke her language.

A linguist with the U.S. Navy for six years, Nelson was drawn to Northeastern for its academic strength in her areas of interest, which are physics and geology, its co-op program, and its longtime commitment to supporting the education and career advancement of military veterans. “Coming to Northeastern was a no-brainer,” says Nelson, who was 24 when she started college, in 2013. “The assistance to veterans, both financial and in terms of services, is remarkable.”

The Post-9/11 GI Bill covered a portion of Nelson’s tuition and fees, but it was Northeastern’s generous contribution to the federal government’s Yellow Ribbon Program that will enable her to graduate debt free.

“Because I am an older student, I came to college with various financial commitments,” says Nelson. “Having my educational costs taken care of by Northeastern and the Department of Veterans Affairs was a huge plus. I could concentrate on my studies stress-free.”

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