Christine transferred to Northeastern at the beginning of her sophomore year.
“I declared a combined major loving how sociology delved into focusing on societal issues and human services took a proactive approach on solving them. Taking “Human Services Professions” my first year at Northeastern really propelled me into experiential learning. The logic being, by studying social problems and attending a university that had so many experiential learning opportunities, I’d be prepared to pursue a career to help alleviate them.”
Christine found her place at Northeastern.
While discussing experiential learning with her academic advisor, Christine heard about the Human Services Program. Immediately after, she signed up for the service-learning course, “Human Services Professions.”
“And the rest is really history,” Christine recalls. “It was hands down my favorite course all semester and I learned so much being able to volunteer with the nonprofit LIFT.”
“One of my favorite human services service-learning courses is with Rebecca Riccio, “Strategic Philanthropy and Nonprofit Management.” After having the opportunity to work at a nonprofit in the intro HUSV course, it was interesting to explore the policy and challenges organizations face to obtain funds and operate while working as grant-makers.”
Christine’s peers and mentors in the Human Services Program continually inspired her.
“The people in the Human Services Program are truly exceptional. The faculty, staff, and students are driven by beliefs rooted in social justice and activism. Going to class and collaborating with individuals dedicating their education and lives to strive for the common good is hands down, the most inspiring learning environment. I wanted to be a part of a community that approached complexity with energy, empathy, and a commitment to making the world a better place.”
The coursework Christine completed during her time at Northeastern prepared her to take the next steps.
“Overall, I think the cumulation of the courses a human services student takes provide a critical perspective on social challenges, a sincere sense of empathy, necessary hands on experience, and a network to hit the ground running.”
Christine had the flexibility in her coursework to focus on what interested her most, while the network she created through her major gave her the support she needed to create her own path.
“My senior year, I was able to create my own class focused around a service-learning project regarding older adult nutrition. I worked with an adviser to develop a syllabus and I connected with a non-profit to conduct a series of focus groups in my community discussing food justice. I don’t think I would have been confident or capable to do all of this if it wasn’t for such a supportive network and thoughtful curriculum in the Human Services Program. The classes are set up for students to become civically engaged during the course of their studies.”
Human services opened doors that allowed Christine to:
As of Summer 2018, Christine is working at New York University as a program administrator for the Alternative Breaks program. She is facilitating meaningful service with students all over the world so they can graduate and become the next group of change makers.