Asian Studies, BA
Alex feels that the depth and breadth of experiences that can be attained through Asian Studies enhanced her other studies by inspiring her to think in dynamic, pluralistic ways.
Alex's identity as an Asian American fueled her interest in East Asia from middle school and throughout college.
Alex spent her first year at Smith College, then transferred to Northeastern in her second year.
Alex decided to double-major in Economics and Asian Studies. She wanted both the quantitative social science experience and a focused humanities education.
Learning more through Asian Studies helped validate that there was a range of experiences within both Asia and the Asian Diaspora.
Alex's favorite courses, Chinese Film and Chinese Pop Culture, were taught by Professor Benny Shaffer. She enjoyed being able to connect pop culture to historical and social happenings.
For her co-op, Alex served as the iCater Admin Assistant for the Pine Street Inn, a leading provider of homelessness services. Her role included social media, event planning, course instruction, and more.
The co-op fundamentally changed how Alex viewed the world, pushing her to think about how we can go about lessening human suffering.
Alex says the pandemic changed the trajectory of her studies. For example, it led her to do a podcast on Yellow Peril examining xenophobia as an ongoing legacy for a class.
Alex's capstone topic is the growing genre of BL (Boys Love) and its Chinese subculture of Danme. She will explore gender politics from both a Western and East Asian queer theoretical perspective.
“As an Asian Studies major, I found I could learn about history, culture, and literature—and connect that to changing economic, cultural, or gender expectations. The essence of the major is being able to combine all of that to gain an in-depth lens of what you’re studying.”
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- Law school is a big investment. That’s why Chinma was attracted to NU and the co-op process, which has allowed her to experience the legal environment before committing to the practice.
- Chinma’s long-held love of reading and writing, specifically poetry, led to her to decision to major in English for her undergraduate education.
- In her first year, Chinma took Early African American Literature with Professor Nicole Aljoe. It was the first time she had a Black professor and the opportunity to share lived experiences in a new way.
- Chinma took Contemporary Poetry with Professor Eunsong Kim which explored readings that Chinma still uses today. She learned how poetry and art can affect real change, like through the Black Arts Movement.
- Chinma is co-president of Our Voices: Women of Color, which is run through the Social Justice Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement and allows her to facilitate vital conversations.
- Through Our Voices: Women of Color, Chinma attended Northeastern’s EMPOWER conference for students of color in 2019, where she gave a presentation about intersectionality.
- In her second year, Chinma took Intro to Law, Policy, and Society with Professor Daniel Urman, which gave her the chance to explore the intersection between current events and law, furthering her interest...
- Yasser was in the Foundation Year program at Northeastern. The program was a rigorous deep dive into core subject classes that helped Yasser bridge the gap between the high school and college experiences.
- Initially indecisive, Yasser’s interest in traveling and experience exploring different religious texts in high school led him to a double major in international affairs and religious studies.
- Yasser took Issues in Cities and Suburbs with Professor Erin Graves in Fall 2018. As someone deeply invested in urban life, he found the course was an enlightening look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser’s first co-op was at the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant. He worked on inventory, public relations, directed brewery events, and maintained workspace organization.
- Yasser went on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Europe in Summer 2019 and took Engineering Principles in Nature with Professor Sandra Shefelbine.
- Yasser implemented and maintained community gardens all over Boston on deserted plots of land during his time as the Northeastern Campus Director for the campus’ United Nations Millennium Fellowship.
- Yasser began working at the Food Project and at a farm in Dorchester, he maintained the farm, harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics...
Benjamin Cooper Gould
- Cooper’s dialogue, Challenges in Coastal Sustainability, and the course Ethics and Evolutionary games with Prof. Smead have been very impactful to him.
- As part of a class with Prof. Kelting on harm and aid he was able to write and submit real anti-racist curriculum for pre-schools in Boston.
- Cooper has been a PPE Peer Mentor, and he has also served as the PPE representative on the CSSH Student Advisory Council for three years.
- Cooper spent much of the summer in 2019 in Hong Kong and Malaysia on dialogue, exploring challenges for coastal sustainability.
- Cooper has had two co-ops, the first at Boston After School & Beyond, and the second at Dynasty Financial Partners, in New York City.
- He has conducted independent research projects with the Marine Science Center, for which he received a grant, as well as in philosophy.
- After graduation, Cooper is hoping to specialize in education justice, first by pursuing a Master’s in Education before teaching, and ultimately going into policy...