The co-​​op pro­gram sold incoming freshman Linda Wiin­berg on North­eastern University.

I had not even thought about going to school in Boston until my col­lege coun­selor told me about co-​​op,” Wiin­berg says. “I looked at other uni­ver­si­ties, but I didn’t think I could get this kind of oppor­tu­nity any­where else.”

In the fall, Wiin­berg will enroll in the six-​​year Doctor of Phys­ical Therapy pro­gram. Talk about making lemonade from lemons: A sports-​​related hip injury was her cat­a­lyst for devel­oping these career plans.

I never really con­sid­ered phys­ical therapy as a pro­fes­sion until I got hurt,” Wiin­berg says. “But there’s so much you can do in the field. It can really change people’s lives, and there’s so much you get back from helping people.”

The 19-​​year-​​old grew up in Basking Ridge, N.J., and Surrey, Eng­land. Three years ago, she moved to Malmö, Sweden, her par­ents’ homeland.

Wiin­berg, who dressed up in a Harry Potter rugby shirt for the pre­miere of the final install­ment of the pop­ular movie fran­chise, plans to bring her Euro­pean fashion sense to Boston — a city that, she says, “seems really alive.”

What’s nice about Boston is that there are so many other stu­dents who don’t go to the same school or study in the same pro­gram,” says Wiin­berg, who vis­ited Hay­market and New­bury Street as part of a visit to North­eastern last year. “It’s nice to know there are so many ways to meet new people.”

Wiin­berg won’t be shy about making friends on what she calls “a big campus in the middle of the city.” In high school, she served as vice pres­i­dent of a student-​​run orga­ni­za­tion that raised money for Star for Life, an HIV/​AIDS pre­ven­tion pro­gram for chil­dren in southern Africa.

She’s con­sid­ering starting a sim­ilar club at North­eastern. “These pro­grams have been known to decrease HIV/​AIDS risk in chil­dren,” the young human­i­tarian says. “It’s great to be part of a cause.”

Wiin­berg also jokes about founding a Potter-​​inspired quid­ditch club on campus. “Everyone,” she says, “should fall in love with Harry Potter.”