Now, as curator of lectures, courses, and concerts at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston—located just steps away from Northeastern’s campus—Hagans programs more than 150 events each year. She’s hosted modern visionaries such as author and color expert Leatrice Eiseman; poet Richard Blanco, who read at President Obama’s second inauguration; and iconic folk singer Arlo Guthrie.
Hobnobbing with luminaries might have been intimidating at such a young age had Hagans not gained valuable experience throughout her undergraduate career. She managed aspects of the Middle East nightclub in Cambridge, Mass., while on co-op, worked part time as a lighting director at the Avalon and AXIS music clubs, and helped manage tours for popular Boston bands like Reverend Glasseye, Porsches on the Autobahn, and HUMANWINE as they were breaking into the national scene.
On a more academic note, Hagans conducted research for two of her music industry professors, leading to published chapters in two music history encyclopedias—all while making the dean’s list each year.
“The university gives students space to develop themselves personally and professionally, setting them up to be lifelong learners,” she says. Not to mention, “Studying and living in Boston is unbeatable. It’s the perfect-sized city to start your career and make lifelong connections.”