Katie Braggins

Hometown: Rhinebeck, NY
Major: International Affairs; Economics & Global Social Entrepreneurship minors
College: College of Social Sciences & Humanities

What was you favorite Honors class?

I really enjoyed the three Honors First Year Inquiry series I took during my freshman year. They each contributed to introduce me to topics of security and energy and set the tone for my academic experience at Northeastern. I love the smaller class sizes and discussion-based teaching. The first class I took was a class on the conflict and reconciliation efforts in the North of Ireland, taught by author-in-residence Michael Patrick MacDonald. The class culminated in going to a panel discussion with Gerry Adams, the President of the Irish political party Sinn Fein, who we got to meet. The class sparked my interest in understanding empathy in conflict zones. I then enrolled in another inquiry class on peace-seeking efforts and terrorism with a journalism professor, Nicholas Daniloff. I investigated physical barriers to human, food and water security in times of terror from both state and non-state actors. I also took a class on Alternative Energy, with Professor Jennifer Cole. Students paired up to lead discussions on contemporary challenges in the energy sector in combatting climate change. Reflecting back, these three courses stand out to me as being extremely influential in the early stages of my academics at Northeastern.

During your time at Northeastern, what experiences shaped who you are today as a graduating senior?

Since graduating in January, I have had some time and distance from Northeastern to reflect on my undergraduate experience. As I looked back through the years, I realized that at critical junctures in my path, the Honors Program was there to guide me along the journey. In my freshman year, the three Inquiry series I took not only served to broaden my academic horizons, but they also introduced me to some of my closest friends. The courses allowed me to explore my interest in security, which led to my first co-op at the George J. Kostas Research Institute. While contemplating my second co-op, I received the Presidential Global Scholarship, which allowed me to go work in Argentina at two non-governmental organizations. During my international co-op, with the support of the program, I learned so much about who I was, what I wanted to do and who I wanted to become. Working in Argentina led me to want to learn more about economic inequality and impact investing, leading me to my third co-op at Wellington Management, studying at the London School of Economics, and the first step of my professional career. The Honors Program had a hand in all of these experiences which shaped my academic, personal and professional paths.

What is your best memory from being a part of the Honors Program?

One of the most memorable parts about my Honors Program experience was participating in the programming offered. I was continually impressed with the breadth and depth of disciplines that the events catered to. I got to hear Lena Dunham speak about her directorial debut in Tiny Furniture at the MFA, Jason Wu talk about the creative process of designing Michelle Obama’s inaugural dress at the ICA, and saw a one-woman play about the effects of PTSD on a female drone pilot at the Central Square Theater. Not only did all of these events touch upon a variety of my interest areas, from film to fashion and theater, but they also served as an introduction to cultural institutions throughout the city. I love that the Honors Program actively sought to engage Honors students like myself with the greater Boston community through the arts.

Where are you headed after you graduate?

In July, I will be joining the Business Associate program at Wellington Management in downtown Boston. I am excited to take my first step post-graduation towards pursuing a career in impact investing and social finance. Since graduating in January, I have had time off to spend with friends and family while traveling domestically and abroad.