International Affairs, BA
Ileana came to Northeastern from Athens, Greece. During her last two years of high school, she completed the International Baccalaureate program at Athens College, with a focus on Economics, Psychology and English Literature. Ileana also studied opera at the Greek National Conservatory and was looking for a university that could offer an international affairs program as well as exposure to a music department. Because Northeastern closely works with the New England Conservatory, it was a perfect choice. Ileana majored in International Affairs with minors in Political Science, French Language & Law and Public Policy. She also pursued a joint certificate in opera with the New England Conservatory.
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Ileana ’s Path
Within the International Affairs major, Ileana was most interested in conflict and negotiation, human rights, and sustainable development.
After her freshman year, Ileana spent the summer in Italy on her first Dialogue: Family Business Studies in Verona and Sicily.
INTL 3400 International Conflict and Negotiation with Professor Kimberly Jones was Ileana’s favorite course.
Her second Dialogue, Spain: Art and Architecture, brought her to Barcelona and Madrid.
For her third dialogue, Ileana traveled to Bosnia, Kosovo and Serbia with Professor Denis Sullivan.
She completed her first internship at United Nations in Geneva at the International Telecommunications Union.
Ileana engaged in research with Professor Anthony Jones on the Greek Economic Crisis.
She also worked with Professor Kimberly Jones to research Russia and human trafficking.
Ileana joined the Global Journal as a Writer and was able to write about her international experiences on Dialogues.
This program has prepared her as much as possible, from the Dialogues to faculty who have inspired her to pursue a legal career. In Ileana’s words, “coming from a small country like Greece and being a girl, I never thought that I would be able to do all the things that I did when I came to the U.S. Northeastern faculty continues to encourage me to reach my full potential.” Her advice to all students is to go on a Dialogue. Because of her deep interest in conflict and negotiation, the Balkan Dialogue has “changed my life.”
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- 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...
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- 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...