As a high school student, Ross enjoyed studying global events and international relations. He also enjoyed traveling. Ross was able to combine those interests at Northeastern with a combined major in economics and international affairs and a minor in Middle East studies.
This is Ross’s Northeastern story…
Ross declared a combined major in economics and international affairs because he wanted to gain a better understanding of how global events can impact development and to learn how economic policy can help solve some of the world’s problems.
As a Northeastern student, Ross has gained theoretical knowledge of micro- and macro-economics and applied it to different contexts outside of the classroom. His coursework and global experiences have provided him with a strong understanding about development and current international issues.
Two courses that had a major impact on Ross’s studies were:
“In ‘Critique of Capitalism’ with Professor M. Shahid Alam I was able to learn about alternative economic theories and about some of the failings of a free-market capitalist society. This class allowed me to gain a unique perspective where I no longer assume capitalism and free-markets will always be the best solution to the economic issues faced today.”
“In ‘Development Economics’ with Professor Jelena Nikolic, I learned about ways economists can determine a country’s development goals, and develop effective strategies to help improve the lives of people living in the developing world.”
Through Northeastern University’s Dialogue of Civilizations study abroad program, Ross traveled to Jordan for five weeks with Northeastern faculty to study the Arabic language (Jordanian dialect) and Jordanian and regional politics, history, culture, and society.
“I was able to travel to Jordan on a Dialogue of Civilizations program and meet with an Islamic banker who helped to develop my interest in the Middle East, and differences between traditional and Islamic banking.”
“My first co-op was at the Massachusetts State House, working for Senator Sal DiDomenico. I was able to learn how policies are created and move through the legislative system. I also gained experience working with constituents and hosting fundraising events.”
“My second co-op was at Wellington Management as an operations specialist. I gained valuable real-life experience working in an office setting, and was treated as a full-time employee. It was an excellent experience due to the level of responsibility I was given, and I was able to gain more insight into the financial industry.”
“My final co-op was again for Wellington Management, but I was able to work in their global office in Hong Kong. This was an amazing experience and allowed me to pursue my passion for travel while gaining more invaluable work experience, and build upon my previous co-op experience working for Wellington Management.”
Ross’s future plans are to work in the financial services industry upon graduation.
Ross credits his co-ops with helping him decide on his career path. His international experiences in Jordan and Hong Kong have helped him to stand out among other students and put him in a better position to find a career working abroad.