Maggie is a transfer student who came to Northeastern in the fall of 2017. She grew up in rural central New York, where she spent her childhood playing in the woods, swimming in lakes, and reading every book she could get her hands on. Maggie was attracted to Northeastern because of the experiential learning opportunities. She transferred to Northeastern in order to pursue her passion for human rights and sustainable development.
Here is Maggie’s story…
Why International Affairs?
Maggie’s decision to pursue a combined degree in International Affairs and Political Science was inspired by a service learning trip to Iringa, Tanzania and study abroad in Hungary. The month-long service trip sparked her curiosity for human rights advocacy and to explore how international studies connects our world.
At Northeastern, Maggie’s focus is on human rights. She is also studying Arabic and plans to pursue a regional focus on the Middle East.
Maggie’s favorite course has been INTL 3400 International Conflict and Negotiation with Dr. Kimberly Jones. In Maggie’s words “I was consistently blown away by her ability to weave themes of humanity and compassion into complex topics with ease. I learned so much, not just about conflict, but about how to ask the right questions about the things I am curious about. It was a pleasure to learn from someone who not only knows a lot about the subject, but truly cares and gets excited about the content of the class. I left her class full of curiosity, knowing how important being unsure is.”
Maggie also participated in an experiential study abroad semester split between the American South, Nepal, Jordan, and Chile. There she studied human rights and social movements through classes taught by local faculty and human rights activists, site visits to multiple grassroots human rights organizations, and global community building exercises. She also conducted a semester-long independent research project on forms of political resistance in rural areas through interviews with local activists and NGOs. She conducted interviews with experts and activists and visited rural communities, eventually culminating in a paper identifying the barriers of rurality in each location and communities’ methods for overcoming these barriers.
International Co-op in Amman, Jordan
Maggie’s first Co-op experience was in Amman, Jordan in the summer of ’18. Maggie investigated livestock and rangeland management with a focus on sustainable development, which led her to research in civil society. When asked how research in agriculture and land management connects to her degree, her reply is that there is “no separation between politics and people, and no separation between people and our environment.” She believes international development needs to take into consideration the lives of people now, and what the lives of their children will be, what they will eat, where they will play, where they will build their homes. On her co-op, Maggie learned valuable lessons in the ethics of qualitative research as an American student, and the importance of conversation as an educational experience.
Co-op at the International Law Institute, Washington D.C.
In fall of ’19, Maggie’s second Co-op experience is at the International Law Institute in Washington D.C. Continuing her interest in the relationship between quality of governance and the presence of social justice, she assists in marketing and organizing training seminars in various areas of international law for participants from around the world.
In her first semester at Northeastern, Maggie along with another transfer student founded a chapter of the Roosevelt Institute at Northeastern. The institute is a national think-tank that trains emerging leaders in policy writing and lobbies to empower young people. Maggie also worked as a leader for the national network as the New England New Chapter Coordinator to work with regional colleges and universities. Through the Institute, Maggie helped organize an Environmental Policy conference to bring students together to discuss environmental policy.
Maggie volunteers with NUTELLS and tutors employees of Northeastern dining halls in English as a second language.
Maggie is passionate about seeking creative solutions to inequality across the world. Focusing on human rights, she pays particular attention to women activists and politicians who are breaking down barriers and replacing them with ideas of equality and justice. Maggie is interested in using the bridge between academia and activism to amplify the ideas of marginalized people for justice and equality. She hopes to apply her curiosity to a career with an international organization that employs a grassroots political approach to research and activism.
…that their education path does not have to be linear or look like what they expected it to when they graduated from high school in order to have a successful and fulfilling college experience. Learning is a lifelong journey, and we should always be open to this journey constantly changing who we are and the things we care about. There is so much information in the world and so many things to be known that we don’t yet know, and we should not be afraid to let these things change us when we come across them.