Last summer, recent grad­uate Roshni Mir­chan­dani com­bined her entre­pre­neurial spirit with a human­i­tarian calling.

As part of a field study pro­gram for the Social Enter­prise Insti­tute in South Africa, she served as a busi­ness con­sul­tant for local entre­pre­neurs and micro-​​enterprises.

Helping impov­er­ished busi­ness owners achieve suc­cess, she said, shaped her career goals.

I want to change other people’s lives as much as I can,” said Mir­chan­dani, BA’11, who begins working for Teach for America in Rhode Island this fall.

Teach For America selects col­lege grad­u­ates who are promising future leaders to teach for two years in low-​​income com­mu­ni­ties throughout the United States. The goal is to expand edu­ca­tional oppor­tu­nity and elim­i­nate edu­ca­tional inequities.

Mirchandani’s expe­ri­en­tial learning oppor­tu­nity in South Africa guided her down a path toward a career in edu­ca­tion. But Pres­i­dent Obama’s State of the Union speech in Jan­uary, in which he urged col­lege grad­u­ates to con­sider teaching, final­ized her decision.

Lis­tening to Obama’s speech, Mir­chan­dani said, “was an eye-​​opening moment.”

At North­eastern, Mir­chan­dani had a never-​​ending pas­sion to explore new chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties. For example, she blogged and tweeted on co-​​op at Hub­Spot, an Internet mar­keting firm based in Cam­bridge, Mass. Using social media to follow up with the com­pany about the job, she said, played a piv­otal role in landing the cov­eted co-​​op position.

Mir­chan­dani hopes to use her lead­er­ship expe­ri­ences at North­eastern to carve out a career in busi­ness. She served as pres­i­dent of UTSAV — a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes South Asian aware­ness and cul­tural diver­sity — and as a lead­er­ship scholar and lead­er­ship con­sul­tant through the LEAD 360 pro­gram. LEAD 360 is a com­po­nent of Northeastern’s expe­ri­en­tial learning model that uniquely pre­pares stu­dents to lead in a com­plex global society.

In the future, I’d like to start my own busi­ness,” said Mir­chan­dani, “but I want to make sure it’s having an impact on people’s lives as well.”