Chart Your Path

I don’t want you to fit into a mold that I create. I want you to create your own journey.

Joseph E. Aoun, President,
Northeastern University

Endless Possibility

Northeastern students embrace the freedom to chart their own path, expand their knowledge, and define their individual journeys. Here, the discoveries and decisions you make set you up for a lifetime of success. Challenged daily and empowered to push the boundaries, see how eight very different students navigated Northeastern’s academic rigor and experiential opportunities to find their own versions of success.

Harold

Music Industry – College of Arts, Media and Design
Hometown: North Bennington, Vermont

“My time in the on-campus recording studio and my co-op helped me take my musical skills from a hobby to a profession.”

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  • Year 1

    Fall

    I started as a journalism major. Music was my passion, but I didn’t think of it as viable career option.

    In Class
  • Year 2

    Spring + Summer I + II

    I did my co-op with the Boston Red Sox in their Video Production Development, I was a video editor “The Red Sox Report.” When they discovered my love of music, composing was incorporated into my job. One of the spots I composed was nominated for a New England Emmy!

    Co-op
  • Year 3

    Fall

    Co-op helped me realize that I could pursue my love of music as a career. I changed my major from journalism to music industry.

    In Class
  • Year 4

    Spring

    The skills I gained as a member of the Music Production/Music Recording Club have been vital. Using the campus recording studio, I learned the process of recording everything from full bands to single vocalists.

    In Class
  • Year 5

    May

    Reflecting on My Learning Path
    “Since graduating, I have been working at Levelsoundz Productions in L.A. I want to be constantly working with new and talented artists, and, of course, I still perform!”

    Graduated

Jillian

Anthropology – College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Hometown: Severna Park, Maryland

“Applying my real-world experiences in the classroom makes my courses infinitely more enriching. It’s not just a classroom experience—it’s a life experience.”

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  • Year 1

    Fall

    I joined the Sociology/Anthropology Student Association my freshman year. It’s an incredible community. We discuss current issues from a social science perspective. It’s a safe space that produces healthy and eye-opening conversations.

    In Class
  • Year 2

    Spring + Summer I

    My first co-op was at EF Foundation for Foreign Study as a Compliance Coordinator. My time there was beneficial in that it allowed me to work in the field of education and taught me a lot about office culture and how to work in a business environment.

    Co-op
  • Year 3

    Summer II

    I believe my greatest accomplishment has been my work with Boston North Young Life, an international nonprofit that does outreach to high school students. This work has taken a great amount of time and dedication, but I made friends from colleges across the Boston area. Seeing the positive effect we’ve had on the community has been so worth it.

    Service
  • Year 4

    Spring + Summer I

    My second co-op helped me discover the kind of professional environment in which I thrive. I did archival research at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. I worked for the Collections Officer, and I loved looking through the library’s vast collection. I learned that I prefer jobs where I am able to interact with others—that’s an even more interesting and rewarding experience. That’s why I’m so excited about my job offer from Boston North Young Life.

    Research
  • Year 5

    May

    Reflecting on My Learning Path
    “My experiences have made me much more confident and independent. They have shaped me professionally and have had an intense effect on who I am as a person.”

    Expected Graduation

Carlos

Business Administration – D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Minor: Law, Public Policy, and Society – College of Social Sciences and Humanities
Hometown: San Salvador, El Salvador

“At Northeastern, learning isn’t contained within four walls. I’ve learned more about the world, people, opportunities, and the importance of tenacity than anywhere else.”

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  • Year 1

    Fall

    My first year was incredibly perfect. I was in the International Business Living Learning Community (LLC), called Global Pathways, which was extremely diverse. I met people from all over the world and we became really close friends despite language and cultural barriers.

    In Class
  • Year 2

    Spring

    I’ve been involved in many on-campus organizations like Entrepreneurs Club, Husky Ambassadors, International Orientation Leaders, and Resident Assistants. My favorite has been the Huntington Management Consulting team, where we design a strategy that addresses a specific problem for a real company.

    In Class
  • Year 3

    Spring + Summer I

    During my first co-op at Adobe Systems I was part of the Digital Marketing Team. I managed online marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies. My main office was located in San Francisco but Adobe’s headquarters are in San Jose, which meant I was able to travel to Silicon Valley two or three times a week. I had the time of my life!

    Co-op
  • Year 4

    Fall

    Coming back to class after co-op changed my perspective. Usually your expectations of a class are defined by a syllabus, which isn’t the case with experiential learning. My classmates and I brought real experiences to the classroom; project were more collaborative, presentations were tinged with personal stories, and homework was done not because it was required, but because you never know what you might discover.

    In Class
  • Year 5

    Summer II + Fall

    My second co-op taught me that, with perseverance and character, anyone can achieve their dreams. I was an Investment Operational Analyst at Wellington Management in London. I wanted to challenge myself and do something outside my comfort zone. Even though math isn’t my thing, I thought finance would be interesting and demanding. And to boot, I was able to spend four months living and working in London!

    Global
  • Year 6

    May

    Reflecting on My Learning Path
    “I have a hard time believing everything that has happened in only a few years. But I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the people who have been with me, helping me, advising me, and lifting me up when I fall.”

    Expected Graduation

Spencer

Civil Engineering – College of Engineering
Hometown: Erie, Pennsylvania

“The experiential learning model is unparalleled—amazing classes and experiences that all tie together. It’s hard to beat that.”

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  • Year 1

    Fall

    I joined a sorority and, in my first year, we did over 1,000 hours of community service. I am also a mentor in the Pre-College Initiative, a program that pairs college students with kids in second through seventh grade.

    In Class
  • Year 2

    Spring + Summer II

    I stayed on campus over the summer to take classes, work as an Orientation Leader, and intern at Janey Construction Management. I oversaw two projects, including the construction of the new science and engineering complex on campus.

    In Class
  • Year 3

    Summer II + Fall

    For my first co-op, I want to stay in the Boston area, and maybe even continue the work from my internship. I think co-op will definitely help me on my path to becoming a civil engineer, and prepare me for graduate school.

    Co-op
  • Year 4

    Summer I

    I am hoping that I can pursue a Dialogue of Civilizations and take the opportunity to travel abroad or even conduct some research.

    Vacation
  • Year 5

    Summer II + Fall

    For my second and third co-ops, I want to expand my search and possibly go somewhere outside of Boston—like San Diego, Chicago, New York, or even abroad.

    Co-op
  • Year 6

    May

    Reflecting on My Learning Path

    “My favorite thing about Northeastern is the diversity. Getting to know each person’s story has really opened my eyes. I can’t wait to see the incredible things we all do after graduation.”

    Expected Graduation

Sidd

Mathematics – College of Science
Business Administration – D’Amore-McKim School of Business
Entered through the Northeastern Explore Program (Undeclared).
Member of the University Scholars Program
Hometown: Kathmandu, Nepal

“Northeastern’s flexibility helped me discover that I could combine my deep interest in mathematics with something concrete, like business, through a double major.”

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  • Year 1

    Spring

    When I started as an undeclared student, I had five prospective majors. I was so confused. One professor in particular listened to my concerns, saw my passions, and gave me advice. With her help, I decided to combine my interest in applied math with my desire to make a financial impact on the world by declaring an interdisciplinary double major in mathematics and business administration.

    In Class
  • Year 2

    Summer II

    As a University Scholar, I was fortunate enough to apply for and receive a Scholars Independent Research Fellowship. With my professor’s mentorship, I was able to conduct an independent study on a taxi microfinancing initiative in my home country.

    Research
  • Year 3

    Spring + Summer I

    At Bank of America Merrill Lynch, I am working in the Private Banking and Investment Group as a Private Wealth Associate. I’m getting firsthand experience applying my mathematical knowledge

    Co-op
  • Year 4

    Fall

    During this semester, I plan to study abroad in the U.K. I’m still choosing a school, but I’m excited about the possibility of gaining yet another global experience.

    Global
  • Year 5

    Spring + Summer I

    I hope to extend my time abroad by doing a global co-op, possibly in London, to continue to connect with the strong Northeastern network there.

    Co-op
  • Year 6

    January

    Reflecting on My Learning Path
    “The diversity of my fellow students has helped me think in different ways. And the more experiences I have outside of the classroom, the deeper our discussions become.”

    Expected Graduation

Megan

Physical Therapy – Bouvé College of Health Sciences
Concentration: Sports Strength and Conditioning
Hometown: San Leandro, California

“My advisor helped me find ways to balance life and work. I couldn’t have taken advantage of so much without her.”

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  • Year 1

    Spring

    I walked on to the volleyball team and couldn’t be happier that I took that risk. I have been able to travel to so many places and go on great adventures with some of my closest friends while playing the sport I love.

    In Class
  • Year 2

    Summer II + Fall

    My first co-op at the Dedham Health and Athletic Spine Center solidified my career path. The experience confirmed that I want to be a physical therapist. That’s what co-op is for—to allow you to get your toes wet in a particular industry and see if it’s your path.

    Co-op
  • Year 3

    Spring + Summer I

    My second co-op was at Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy Associates. I became more confident in my abilities to be a personable and patient physical therapist. There is only so much you can learn about how to interact with patients in class, so having this experience has taught me how to interact with all different types of people.

    Co-op
  • Year 4

    Summer II

    My Health Assessment and Wellness course was a service-learning class. It helped me further understand my role as a physical therapist and allowed me to help promote overall fitness and health in the community.

    Service
  • Year 5

    Summer I + Fall + Spring

    My three doctoral co-ops will include one at Physiotherapy Associates in Colorado and another at the Inpatient Rehab Facility at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle.

    Co-op
  • Year 6

    May

    Reflecting on My Learning Path
    “There is no dividing line between academics and real-world experience here. My professors seamlessly incorporate our clinical work into our classes and often ask us to share our professional experiences.”

    Expected Graduation

Kevin

Industrial Engineering – College of Engineering
Minor: Theater – College of Art, Media and Design
Hometown: Burlington, Massachusetts

“Northeastern is about crafting an academic experience that makes you passionate about what you’re learning, and using those skills in all sorts of industries.”

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  • Year 1

    Fall

    My interest is in translating the principles of engineering to the complex world of theatrical production. That’s why I chose to major in industrial engineering and pursue my interest in theater through a minor. The faculty have been exceptionally supportive of my interdisciplinary work, as has the theatre club. That has been a wonderful laboratory for me to experiment with creative and technical skills.

    In Class
  • Year 2

    Spring

    My closest friends are the ones I made in my freshman year residence hall. The quality of the residential life experience was the initial push for our friendships, with all the programming the Resident Assistants provided for us.

    In Class
  • Year 3

    Spring + Summer I

    I completed two co-ops at GE Energy Management. The concepts I explored firsthand helped a lot with my advanced engineering classes. Being able to pull from real-life examples made a huge difference.

    Co-op
  • Year 4

    Spring + Summer I

    I did a co-op at Company One Theatre, where I found myself drawing on project management skills I developed at GE. Having had that professional experience made me much more comfortable tackling a high-budget project. I think one of my greatest accomplishments was when a show I worked on won two Eliot Norton Awards (Boston’s version of the Tony Awards)!

    Co-op
  • Year 5

    May

    Reflecting on My Learning Path
    “After graduation, I will be stage managing for Company One Theatre in Boston. I couldn’t have made a better decision than Northeastern.”

    Expected Graduation

Mimi

Computer Science and Digital Art
College of Computer and Information Science
Hometown: Durban, South Africa

“My adviser helped me find ways to balance life and work. I couldn’t have taken advantage of so much without her.”

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  • Year 1

    Summer I

    During NUterm, my friends, two professors, and I started authoring and drawing The Realm of Racket, a comic book which teaches programming through games. I never expected to have a book published, much less in my first year of college.

    In Class
  • Year 2

    Spring

    I had the incredible opportunity to teach the lab section for a freshman course. The experience helped me further improve my communication and leadership skills. The most satisfying part was seeing how students who started the course with no programming experience were able to produce a truly functional game at the end of the course.

    In Class
  • Year 3

    Spring + Summer I

    My first co-op at IntervalZero involved engineering test infrastructures for a real-time operating system platform. It helped me gain a detailed perspective on the design of a software product and gave me incredible in-depth knowledge of a new industry. I came to learn that the Quality Assurance Engineer has the most comprehensive perspective of the entire product and is therefore capable of contributing profound ideas to that product’s design.

    Co-op
  • Year 4

    Fall

    I’ve been really involved in the outdoors club—I’ve hiked in Maine, biked from Boston to Provincetown, biked the Midnight Marathon (which takes the course of the Boston Marathon), snowboarded, skied, and wakeboarded.

    In Class
  • Year 5

    Summer I + II + Fall

    Apple was truly amazing! My time there involved supporting and improving the factory process. I was able to apply the knowledge I gained during my first co-op and work alongside inspiring engineers from the U.S. and China. The experience provided the types of challenges that I had always craved and wanted to see.

    Co-op
  • Year 6

    May

    Reflecting on My Learning Path
    “My professors, mentors, and friends are my family away from home. I can’t wait to see my peers become the next top game designer, fiction writer, startup innovator, architect, and pediatrician.”

    Expected Graduation

Academic Advising and Support

As an entering freshman, you are paired with an academic advisor who will guide you through the process of choosing appropriate courses, areas of interest and selecting complementary experiential learning opportunities so you may chart your own path. In addition to your advisor, you also have a wealth of advice and support services available to you to help you reach your educational goals. Explore: