Meet Our Ambassadors

2014 – 2015 Honors Ambassadors

Honors Ambassadors are a diverse group of upper-class Honors students representing the various colleges on campus and the range of a Northeastern University education. These student leaders are active in Admissions related events, such as fall Open Houses, spring Welcome Days, and Honors Welcome Week for first-year students. They participate in panel discussions on their experiences in the Honors Program at the Open Houses and Welcome Days, where they answer questions from prospective students and their families. They may also meet upon appointment with Honors staff and prospective students and their families for a focused discussion about opportunities on campus.

Rawan Alkhatib

Major: International Affairs and Political Science

Career Aspirations: I want to pursue a career in academia/research to help grassroots movements in the Middle East organically develop the best conditions for democratization.

Favorite Thing About Honors: The retreats—they’re fun, engaging, and extremely helpful!


A Htet Htet Aung

Aung FIMajor: Architecture

Favorite Thing About Honors: I love the small community that the Honors Program provide in such a large university. The individualized advising appointments with the Honors advisers who know you by name are also great!

Favorite Honors Class: Honors Interdisciplinary Seminar “Portrait of the Artist” with Professor Schlossman.


MacKenzie Bartz

Bartz A FI

Major: Psychology

Fun Fact: I’m on the rowing team at NU.

Favorite Honors Class: Psychology and the Law



Pablo Basulto

 Basulto FIMajor: Theater

Career Aspirations: I enjoy every aspect of theatre, from acting to design. Eventually, I would like to be a director to bring all these elements together. I am especially interested in theatre for social change, and the power of theatre to change the world.

Favorite Honors Class: History of Modern Violence with professor Jeffrey Burds


Katherine Braggins

Braggins FI

Major: International Affairs

Fun Fact: I can speak 5 languages….on a good day.

Favorite Honors Class: My two favorite classes are The Conflict in the North of Ireland: Seeking Peace in Times of Terror and The Edible Environment.


Lindsey Bressler

Bressler FIMajor: International Affairs & Economics

Fun Fact: Before coming to college, I had never tried coffee. However, I can definitely say that Boston has made me a true Dunkin fan.

Favorite Thing About Honors: I love being surrounded by people who are so motivated and passionate but also genuinely kind.


Daniel Chakmakjian

Chakmakjian FIMajor: Business Administration, Concentrations in Management Information Systems and Finance

Career Aspirations: My goal is to pursue a career in Information Technology consulting for businesses that promote social good and are making a positive impact on the world.

Favorite Thing About the Honors Program: Taking classes in Rome and doing service-learning in Ecuador, has been a huge part in shaping my college experience.

Brett Diamond

Diamond FIMajor: Biology

Career Aspirations: I hope to continue on to medical school and become a physician.

Favorite Honors Class: The Conflict in the North of Ireland: Seeking Peace in Times of Terror. It was interesting to study a region and conflict that I didn’t know much about in such depth.


Nicholas Dowmon

DowmonMajor: Mechanical Engineering

Career Aspirations: I plan to work in the energy field, likely in renewable energy technology.

Favorite Thing About the Honors Program: Honors Book Club!



Jamie Ducharme

Ducharme FI

Major: Journalism

Career Aspirations: To work in magazine journalism, writing about lifestyle topics like fashion, health and entertainment.

Favorite Thing About Honors: The supportive community. Northeastern is a huge school, so it’s pretty special to be part of a program where people know your name and who you are, and actively root for your success.

Marissa Elizondo

Elizondo FIMajor: Business Administration

Career Aspirations: Once I graduate, I would like to work as an analyst at a investment bank or a consulting firm. At some point I would also like to go into Private Equity.

Favorite Honors Course: Espionage and Covert Operations in the Cold War


Ryan Fallon

Fallon FIMajor: Behavioral Neuroscience

Fun Fact: I’m the student radio play-by-play announcer for Northeastern hockey

Favorite Thing About the Honors Program: Every adviser with the Honors Program is unbelievably helpful no matter what silly question you have for them. They want to see you succeed and have a ton of connections at the university to help you do it!

Michelle Hoblit

Hoblit FIMajor: Health Sciences

Favorite Thing About Honors: The caliber of students in the Honors Program is amazing: even at the Honors Brunch Club there are intellectually stimulating discussions!

Fun Fact: I am a member of Sigma Kappa Sorority on campus.


Taylor Hogan

Major: Business Administration

Favorite Honors Class: Alternative Energy: Why Aren’t We There Yet?

Career Aspirations: I would like to enter the field of urban farming, and wish to operate a vertical farm within Boston.



Brooke Hoger

Hoger FIMajor:  Communications, Minor in Art + Design

Fun Fact: My family has been on vacation to Walt Disney World 11 times.

Favorite Thing About the Honors Program: My favorite thing about the Honors Program is the strong sense of community that the program has within the larger university.


Christiana Jacobson

Jacobson FIMajor: Business Administration

Fun Fact: I teach windsurfing as my summer job.

Favorite Honors Class: The First Year Inquiry Series course I took my first semester at Northeastern was definitely my favorite. It was a class about global poverty and how one person can change the world.


Dan Kurtz 

Kurtz FIMajor: Behavioral Neuroscience, French Minor

Fun Fact: I play the piano, clarinet, and the tenor saxophone.

Favorite Honors Class: Legal Argumentation. I learned how to speak in front of a group of people and to read between the lines. The readings were challenging, yet engaging, and I got great feedback!

Career Aspirations: Possibly in a research position, or a publisher for a science magazine. Maybe a writer, or a plastic surgeon? With all of my interests, I could end up anywhere.

Rebecca Larson

Larson FIMajor: Biochemistry

Career Aspirations: I hope to go to medical school and eventually work abroad as a physician in internal medicine.

Favorite Honors Class: A directed study in Professor Strauss’s biochemistry lab.  My class of seven learned an assortment of lab research techniques and even got to work on our own project.


Nicole Makwinski

Makwinski FIMajor: Sociology

Career Aspirations: Working in Higher Education.

Favorite Honors Class: Advanced Writing in the Disciplines




Matt Mariano

Mariano FIMajor: Communication Studies

Fun Fact: I’ve never been on a plane and I’ve never been in a cab.

Favorite Thing About Honors: I love working so closely with the Honors staff, they’re a great group of people who have truly made me feel at home here at Northeastern.



Nick Martin

Martin FIMajor: Health Science

Favorite Thing About Honors: The sense of community that you feel within the Honors Program. It’s like a smaller, more intimate group on campus with people who are both alike and different from you, but all have a common tie in belonging to the Program.

Fun Fact: I have had a full and complete Nose-Job! (For Medical/Wicked Broken Nose reasons, not for my own vanity)


William McAneny

McAneny A FIMajor: International Affairs and Anthropology, with a minor in Global Social Entrepreneurship

Fun Fact: I don’t know how to ride a bike.

Favorite thing about Honors: The extra classes only available to Honors students, smaller sections of classes that are normally huge, and specialized advising!

Career Aspirations: My dream job would be to work in a nonprofit, NGO, or social business that works internationally to effect positive change.


Daniel Moran

Dan Moran FIMajor: Computer Science

Favorite Thing About Honors: Honors courses are the best; studying under inspiring professors in small, motivated groups is a great experience.

Fun Fact: I train Muay Thai through NU-Opps.

Favorite Honors Class: Fundamentals of Computer Science 1


Monark Nakrani

Nakrani FIMajor: Pharmacy

Fun Fact: I just got my motorcycles license and bought a motorcycle.

Favorite Honors Class: Developmental Psychology




Nicholas Panarello

Panarello FIMajor: Behavioral Neuroscience, Mathematics Minor

Favorite Thing About Honors: My favorite thing about the Honors Program is the housing. I was spoiled my first two years at Northeastern, being able to live in International Village my freshman year and West Village F my sophomore year. It is great being part of a simpler, tight knit community, particularly at a large university.

Career Aspirations: An Air Force physician.


Kaitlyn Rank

Rank FIMajor: Biology

Favorite Honors Course: Music in Popular Culture with Professor Cucci. We learned about popular styles of music from all over the world and what we can learn about the politics and social problems of a place from their music.

Fun Fact:  I have helped medically treat adult white lions in South Africa.

Favorite Thing About the Honors Program: The Honors Outreach Projects. It’s really fun to head out somewhere in the city with a small group of students and get my hands dirty for a few hours. I always end up meeting the nicest people!


Joel Shaffer

Shaffer FIMajor: Civil Engineering

Career Aspirations: I’d like to work as a transportation engineer designing mass transit and rail systems for cities.

Fun Fact About Yourself: Back at home, my family has 3 goats: Tomás, Kevin, and Murphy.



Akash Shah

AShah FIMajor: Health Science

Favorite thing About the Honors Program: Leadership retreats!

Favorite Honors Class: Contemporary Issues of Substance Abuse




Neel Shah

 NShah FIMajor:  Computer Engineering

Fun Fact:  I can speak 3 languages and I started learning English at the age of 13.

Career Aspirations:  Make substantial contributions to the field of computer engineering, while explore my intellectual curiosity for the betterment of society as a whole.


Kathryn Waxman

Waxman FIMajor: Communication Studies

Favorite Thing About Honors: The people! Being part of a smaller community within Northeastern’s large campus is such a comforting feeling, and I couldn’t ask to be surrounded by better people, both staff and students.

Fun Fact: I have a horrible case of Wanderlust.

Favorite Honors Class: Aside from the classes I took while on the dialogue to Italy (it was Italy…obviously awesome!), my most influential Honors course was definitely my first – Comparative Study of Cultures with Professor Susan Setta.