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Interview – Helen Schroeder

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Helen Schroeder, (2011) an Art and Human Services major, found the perfect co-op at the Pine Street Inn working with artists who taught classes for the residents of New England’s largest homeless shelter. The Boston Foundation supported Schroeder’s co-op position, as well as the Pine Street Inn’s art program.  Helen won the 2012 Boston Association for the Education of Young Children (BAEYC) award in the category of “Physical Environment” at the 11th annual Early Educators Awards Gala.

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I have always been a strong interdisciplinary thinker – making connections across different interests, experiences, and fields of study has always been one of the ways that I learn best. I had been studying both Art and Human Services separately, but the connection between these two fields was so clear to me. Art can be such a powerful tool to help us learn, heal, grow, and transform. Once I found out about the Interdisciplinary Studies program at Northeastern, I set to work creating a major that integrated my majors in a more structured way. I feel really lucky that Northeastern trusts and supports students to do this.

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