Five students who volunteered to share their own global experiences at Thursday’s Study Abroad Fair explain why those experiences were so meaningful—and why other students should consider study abroad.
In high school, Madi Murphy’s passion for music inspired her to launch a fan club dedicated to the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men. At Northeastern, a co-op took her to Iceland where she worked for the band—and did so much more.
Earlier this year Northeastern students contributed to a massive initiative focused on improving Wikipedia’s science content. As their professor puts it, “It’s very motivating but also terrifying to know that you’re contributing to something that so many people will see.”
Northeastern’s renowned Career Development department was recognized for its work meeting students’ needs in career services and job preparation. The university received the No. 1 Global Career Services Satisfaction Award at the inaugural Future Talent Summit in Stockholm last month.
Carl Fiester helped design a state-of-the-art autonomous underwater vehicle that last year captured unique footage of great white sharks’ behavior off the coast of Mexico. Earlier this week, the footage was featured on a Shark Week show on the Discovery Channel.
In January, Kelsey Burhans will begin her nine-month Fulbright fellowship in Bolivia and then continue onto Peru, where she will work closely with rural communities as well as microfinance organizations, banks, and mobile money operators to understand the common variables that support and inhibit progress toward expanding marginalized communities’ access to financial services.
Connolly started his first e-commerce business when he was just 14, and he later rebranded and expanded it while studying at Northeastern. He had a goal to one day work at Amazon. First he worked on co-op there, and soon he’ll be starting at the company full time after graduating last week with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Wendy Chu chose to attend Northeastern because she felt the university “stretched the definition of a college student.” Chu’s many accomplishments include a co-op at a White House initiative, studying political theory and sustainable urban development on Dialogues in China and the Netherlands, and working across marketing, business development, and project management teams at student-led and tech startups. “I’ll remember that anything felt possible here,” she says. This fall, she will attend Harvard Law School.
Northeastern students engage in co-op opportunities in some pretty cool places, doing some pretty cool things. Each year, students submit videos that illustrate why they think their co-op is the best—or the “coolest.” Check out this year’s winning videos, which highlight some powerful examples of our students’ exciting co-ops all around the globe.
Graduating senior Esther Laaninen has received a Fulbright fellowship to teach English in Colombia. She says her global experiences and teaching opportunities in communities around the world have prepared her well.
Julieta Moradei was just 16 years old when she enrolled at Northeastern. After graduating with five co-ops, she will begin a PhD program in structural engineering at the University of California, Berkeley–one of six offers from prestigious schools including MIT, Stanford, and Princeton.
As co-ops, Micaela Allen and Eric Su have played an integral role in the launch of Insurify, a company that looks to make shopping for car insurance easier.