Graduate Assistant Testimonials

"When I was offered a position as a GA in residence life at Northeastern I was excited for the opportunity to connect with new people and learn a lot. I was quickly given many leadership opportunities to work with professional staff, take charge of some integral residence life projects and processes, and grew very quickly to love my role and the work I was doing both as a part of the GAGE team and as an individual. As someone who came in with no background in residence life, I found this experience to open my eyes to the possibilities of reaching students where they are, being innovative, and feeling like my voice was heard and respected. In my second year I was able to take on more responsibility and help guide the new GAGE participants find what they were passionate about, weaving in their strengths and challenging them to grow like I was able to through this experience. We brought in people from areas of campus, talked about current issues both on and off campus, and worked together to make a cohesive team. I am so happy to call myself a GAGE alum and feel like it helped prepare me for the work I do now." - Jeremy Weinberg, CSDC 2014

"I would not be where I am today without the experiences and skills I gained while working in Residential Life at Northeastern. I had no background in reslife and did not have any plans on continuing in that functional area, but throughout my time working there, I learned so much. Not only was I able to tackle projects and be integral in the training and selection of staff members, but I also had the opportunity to hone my skills in the areas where I had the most interest. In my second year, I had the opportunity of being the chair of the Graduate Assistant Growth Experience which allowed me to help the new GAs find their place at NU. I also loved being on a large staff. This allowed me to have many mentors and connect with amazing colleagues who would later become some of my best friends. Personally and professionally, Northeastern was the perfect fit."- Alisha Cahue, CSDC 2012 

"As an undergraduate at Northeastern, I worked in the Department of Residential Life as a Resident Assistant. When I decided to pursue Student Affairs as a field, joining the Residential Life team again and the Graduate Assistant Growth Experience was my number one choice. Being able to both learn Residential Life from the professional staff perspective and be able to specialize in Student Conduct made the position an ideal fit for me. From day one I was treated like a professional amongst the full-time Residential Life staff, and had awesome opportunities afforded to me including working as part of the Resident Assistant Selection Team, as well as working to improve our student conduct processes in Residential Life. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone who thinks that they may be interested in Residential Life as a possible professional career!"- Jonathan Bragg, CSDC 2011