English/Communication Studies, BA
Expected to graduate in Fall 2020
When he was looking at universities, Christian Triunfo felt a connection to Boston and its amazing journalists and academics. “This really is a hub,” he says. “Part of what makes Northeastern great is the people. The accessibility to the professors is incredible. When class ends, I can just go up to my professor and have a really great conversation with them. I can go to their office hours and talk to them about anything and establish really nice connections. It’s an opportunity that should really be taken into consideration when looking at any university.” With its location, people, and co-op program, Northeastern University was a great fit for Christian. His journey at Northeastern began in Fall 2016…
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Helped create the combined major in English and Journalism with other students, faculty, and advisors.
Felt confident in his choice of study after taking Intro to Literary Studies with Professor Sari Altschuler, a discussion-based class.
Has engaged in multimedia storytelling for campus publications such as WRBB, The Huntington News, NUPR, and Tastemakers.
Furthered connections between the histories of his fields of study in Introduction to Writing Studies with Professor Mya Poe.
Spent his first co-op reporting for the State House News Service, publishing briefs and stories almost every day.
Completed his second co-op as a staff writer and music critic for the Living & Arts section of the Boston Globe.
“I think English and journalism go hand-in-hand. I wanted to get a really structured education in writing and reporting. In the end, it’s really more than that. I get to read books I wouldn’t be able to read in any other classes. I get to meet professors in both departments. I get to study things I wouldn’t be able to in any single major.”
More Student Paths
- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...