Hometown: Mansfield, MA
Major: Finance & Economics/Global Social Entrepreneurship & Political Science
College: D'Amore McKim School of Business & College of Social Sciences and Humanities
What was you favorite Honors class?
My favorite Honors course was the Social Justice Seminar, taught by Michael Patrick MacDonald.
The class is a fantastic opportunity to meet in a small group setting and discuss the really “big” questions that are plaguing the modern world from a social justice context. Everything from culturally ingrained racism to elections to gentrification was touched upon, with incredible insight and feedback from fellow Honors students. Michael Patrick MacDonald offers a wealth of real world experience and writing expertise which he imparts on his students in the most genuine way possible. The field trips to different neighborhoods of the city like East Boston and Dorchester provide unparalleled perspective of the Boston that students come to know and love.
During your time at Northeastern, what experiences shaped who you are today as a graduating senior?
All three of my co-ops served as excellent experiential learning opportunities for me to augment everything I learned in the classroom at Northeastern. Although all were in the finance industry, each position was very unique and rewarding. I also had the opportunity to study abroad in South Africa in July 2014 on a Dialogue of Civilizations. This was obviously an incredible experience as we saw so many different socioeconomic issues at play in the post-apartheid era. We were tasked to work as social entrepreneurship consultants for several startups in the poor, undeveloped townships surrounding Cape Town. Through this project, we were also able to recognize the dynamic growth possibilities that exist in South Africa just as they do in many other parts of the developing world.
What is your best memory from being a part of the Honors Program?
Living in International Village my freshman year with the rest of the Honors Program freshmen was an amazing experience. Beyond just the initial thrill of living at college away from home for the first time, I made so many lifelong friends and had unforgettable conversations with an eclectic, extremely talented group of people.
Where are you headed after you graduate?
I’ll be working full-time as a financial analyst in Boston at Boston Capital, where I did my third co-op. Boston Capital is one of the leading owners/lenders for affordable housing development in the United States, an industry that really sits at the congruence of all my undergraduate academic areas of interest.