Erin Cooney

Cooney FI

Hometown: Coventry, RI
Major: Global Health
College: Bouve College of Health Sciences

What was you favorite Honors class?

For my honors seminar, I took The Edible Environment with Jennifer Cole. As a global health major, the topics in this course were relevant to my areas of interest, but Professor Cole’s environmental science background forced me to think about what I thought of as health issues within a broader ecological context. The structure of the course (which included field trips, debates on contested issues, and food tasting) reinforced the importance of experiential learning. There were so many takeaways that have shaped my academic understanding as well as my personal food choices.

During your time at Northeastern, what experiences shaped who you are today as a graduating senior?

Engaging with Northeastern faculty and taking advantage of international experiences were the biggest two influences on my academic trajectory. The teaching faculty at Northeastern is exceptional in that they represent diverse backgrounds, are engaged in meaningful and innovative research, and are fully invested in the success of undergraduates. Without the support and guidance of faculty, I couldn’t have created an independent major, discovered my research interests, or developed the analytical skills and confidence to be successful post-graduation. Throughout my four years, I have participated in three Dialogues of Civilization and two international coops. These international experiences have confirmed and furthered my passion for global health and have allowed me to develop the network and skills that I need for a career in this field.

What is your best memory from being a part of the Honors Program?

Serving as a TA for the first-year seminar, The North of Ireland: Conflict, Reconciliation, and the Ongoing Quest for Peace was a great opportunity for me. It was a chance for me to continue the discussion on a part of the world that is very dear to me as well as work with the Honors Program Writer-in-Residence, Michael Patrick MacDonald.

Where are you headed after you graduate?

I will be returning to Dubai for a year to continue the work that I began while on co-op and for my Senior Honors Project which involves increasing access to health information and education in the United Arab Emirates. During that year I plan to apply for the Mitchell Scholarship through the US-Ireland Alliance. I hope to pursue an MS in Global Health and eventually contribute to research in the field.