Spanish & International Affairs, BA
Sports Media and Communications Minor
As a combined major in Spanish and International Affairs, Ford someday hopes to strengthen the connection between Spanish-speaking countries and the U.S.
Ford was drawn to apply to Northeastern due to its global network and the N.U.in Program.
Ford is fluent in Spanish, and felt that a Spanish & IAF combined major would allow him to continue polishing his language skills while pursuing his love for all things global.
The thought of a double major was difficult for Ford in terms of flexibility, but pursuing a combined major was a helpful approach and lets him easily pursue classes outside of his major as well.
Ford began his Northeastern career as an N.U.in student living in a Westin hotel during the pandemic.
Ford says his experience in Westin was like living in a pod—he became very close with his fellow Westin students, making the process of transitioning to college much easier.
Ford serves as a Husky Ambassador and enjoys talking to prospective families and representing Northeastern.
Ford's first class in the Spanish Program was with Professor Christina Agostinelli-Fucile. He appreciated the excellent balance of Spanish and English for Spanish learners.
In high school, Ford studied abroad in Panama and volunteered in the communities suffering from water scarcity. He wants to go back and do research at some point in his NU career.
Ford is looking forward to doing his first co-op in Spring 2022. He intends on focusing on his minor of Sports Media and Communications, and wants to do an international co-op in the future.
Ford anticipates continuing his Northeastern experience and developing ideas for a future career; one idea he has is becoming a baseball team scout recruiting from Spanish-speaking countries.
“I highly recommend sticking with language. I know too many people who drop it after high school and regret it because they could have used it in various situations. I believe sticking with Spanish is setting me up for success post-grad because the world is becoming more global every day and I find that it is more essential than ever to be bilingual. Spanish-speaking is growing in popularity, as it is currently the 4th most spoken language in the world. When it comes to finding a job, if an employer likes two candidates, but one is able to speak multiple languages and one cannot, then they are going to choose the candidate that is multilingual. In the future, I want to be able to use my Spanish skills by working with or in Spanish-speaking countries.”
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- Savita is from Boston and is a graduate of the Boston Latin School.
- Originally a Cultural Anthropology major, Savita later became an English major with minors in Africana Studies and Writing Studies.
- Through the service-learning course, Boston in Literature, Savita volunteered with 826 Boston to tutor in English. She is now a service-learning teaching assistant.
- For her final project in Post-Colonial Women's Writers with Professor Aljoe, she researched Carnival and its cultural significance to Trinidad and Tobago.
- Inspired by Professor Aljoe, Savita joined the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, working on an exhibit about Caribbean Carnival and creating and gathering teaching materials.
- In 2020, she began a co-op with the Africana Studies program to learn more about the field of Black Studies.
- Savita wants to work to better her own community. In the future, she hopes to become a high school teacher or a college professor. ..
- Andrew grew up in Japan, and decided to pursue his undergraduate degree back in the U.S.
- Andrew applied to Northeastern as a Business major. As his high school career came to a close, he became more interested in Japanese politics, history, and social issues.
- When thinking about what truly engaged him, Andrew felt that Asian Studies and Political Science was a better fit and switched his major to Asian Studies.
- Andrew connected with Professor Daniel Aldrich after meeting him at a presentation of his book at the institute for social sciences at Tokyo University.
- From his first day of classes, Professor Aldrich encouraged and helped Andrew get involved in research projects.
- During his first semester, Professor Aldrich paired Andrew with Tim Fraser, a PhD candidate in Political Science with strong interests in disaster resilience in Japan.
- With Tim, Andrew collected biographical information on the committee members on all the reconstructional committees on municipal, prefectural, and national level. ..
- Emerson wanted a contextualized Political Science degree, and applied to Northeastern specifically for the PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) program.
- "Introduction to Economic Justice" with Professor Serena Parekh was one of Emerson's favorite courses, allowing her to study economic justice from a philosophical lens.
- Emerson was accepted by the Roosevelt Institute to do financialization research at Northeastern, examining economic priorities.
- Emerson also started a research thesis her freshman year to look at the link between modern dystopian literature and the the rise of female-led political movements.
- When Emerson found out about the HCL (History, Culture, and Law) major, she was immediately interested in adding the major to enhance her PPE studies.
- The Culture & Colonialism concentration allowed Emerson to double-credit and to develop the breadth of knowledge needed for someone who wants to work at the State Department.
- In January 2020, Emerson founded NU's Interdisciplinary Women's Collaborative (IWC) with the help of mentor and advisor Heather Hauck...
Charles T. Wallace-Thomas IV
- Charles chose to attend Northeastern because he was intrigued by the signature co-op program and wanted a curriculum that combined real-world experience without compromising thorough academic rigor.
- Initially an engineering student, Charles switched to a combined major in Economics and Mathematics to build upon his interest in economic and social justice work. He also has a minor in psychology.
- In his first year, Charles took Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South with Professor Shalanda Baker, which taught him to question systems as they exist, no matter how established.
- As part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute, Charles did community service, working on the Timebank team which helped him give back to Boston.
- For his first co-op, Charles split his time between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, like infrastructure and childcare.
- As Campaign Coordinator and Director of Northeastern’s Students Advancing Intersectional Dreams, Charles had spoken to people like Patrisse Cullors, Richie Reseda, Michelle Alexander, and Angela Davis.
- Over the summer of 2020, Charles was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign where he advocated for racial literacy courses and for a restorative and transformative justice center on campus...