@Northeastern_COS #sciencechat: ask a first-​​year

Rising sophomore Nick Polanchik rising will host the College of Science's #sciencechat on Twitter on Wednesday, August 7th. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

Nick Polanchik is about to start his second year as a biology major, math­e­matics minor in Northeastern’s Col­lege of Sci­ence. Photo by Brooks Canaday.

On Wednesday after­noon, incoming sci­ence stu­dents (and all incoming stu­dents, for that matter) will have the plea­sure of “Twitter chat­ting” with someone not too far removed from their own experience.

Nick Polanchik, a rising second-​​year stu­dent majoring in biology and minoring in math­e­matics, will be this week’s guest on #sci­encechat, a con­ver­sa­tion held on Twitter and hosted by the Col­lege of Sci­ence. At 1 p.m., Polanchik will take a seat behind the invis­ible, 140-​​character micro­phone to answer any and all ques­tions incoming stu­dents might have with only a few weeks remaining before the fall semester begins.

Polanchik is a summer ori­en­ta­tion leader, so he already has a lot of answers—and if he’s stumped, he’ll know how to find the go-​​to person.

You should never be afraid to ask,” he told me. In the North­eastern com­mu­nity, he said, stu­dents have the right to think what they want to think, study what they want to study. “Pres­i­dent Aoun is very adamant about it.”

Polanchik came to North­eastern from a very large high school where he was exposed to non-​​traditional sci­ence courses such as bio­chem­ical ethics and the future of sci­ence. So he knew early on that he either wanted to con­duct research or attend med­ical school. Unable to decide, he chose North­eastern, where he could get hands-​​on expe­ri­ence doing both types of work through the co-​​op pro­gram. For his first co-​​op in Spring 2014, he hopes to land in a research lab.

But he learned some­what by acci­dent that he doesn’t have to wait until then to get his foot in the door to a lab. Guess how he found out: He asked a ques­tion. He went to his genetics professor’s office hours to talk about some­thing entirely dif­ferent and ended up dis­cov­ering he could do his work-​​study in a research lab.

North­eastern offers a won­derful array of oppor­tu­ni­ties that many people don’t know about unless they ask,” Polanchik said. Today at 1 p.m. is just another chance to do so.