Lauren Serzanin

Hometown: Kings Park, New York
Major: Communication Studies
College: College of Arts, Media and Design

What was you favorite Honors class?

My favorite Honors Class that I took while at Northeastern was my upperclass seminar, Topics in Contemporary Issues: The Art of Narrative Non-Fiction: From the survivors of Hiroshima to the garbage pickers of Mumbai, taught by Professor James Ross. I enjoyed this class because it was very engaging and exposed me to topics and concepts that I normally did not get to explore in my regular classes. Our professor was clearly very passionate about what he was teaching and worked to make the class enjoyable and informative for all. Having the opportunity to take a class focused on material that differed significantly from my typical classes was extremely refreshing and I am so glad to have been introduced to the many works that were shared with us by Professor Ross.

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

My co-op experiences have played a significant role in shaping me into the person that I am today. I completed my first at Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL where I was a Cast Member at Magic Kingdom. I spent my second co-op with the Content Team at Constant Contact, a tech company in Waltham, MA, and then headed down to Dallas, TX for my third where I worked with Southwest Airlines’ Community Outreach & Engagement Team. I consider myself extremely lucky to have been afforded such valuable opportunities with outstanding companies around the country. My co-op experiences helped me to break out of my shell and gain confidence in both myself and my work, and I feel adequately prepared for what’s to come beyond graduation. Additionally, the many people that I have met both on co-op and while on campus have greatly influenced the person that I’ve become. I am thankful for the network I’ve developed which not only includes professional connections, but also mentors and even life-long friends. I cannot imagine having gone to any other school besides Northeastern because so much of what has shaped me throughout college has been unique to NU.

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

The most memorable part of my Honors Program experience was getting to be an Enhancing Honors mentor year after year. I loved being able to welcome new students into the Honors Program and introduce them to Northeastern and our surrounding communities. The Honors Program has offered me so much over the past five years and has helped me make the most of my time at Northeastern, so it is my goal to encourage our freshmen students to take advantage of the same opportunities and enjoy their time here as much as I have. I was also able to meet other Enhancing Honors mentors and, in turn, developed a strong support system within the Honors community.

Where are you headed after you graduate?

After graduation, I am planning to stay in the Boston area and begin a career in Corporate Communications. I am very sad to be leaving Northeastern but am excited to see where my journey takes me. I am confident that the skills and lessons learned during my time as an Honors student will help me find success wherever I wind up!