B.A. in English, minors in Business Administration and History
Like many English majors, Matthew Baddour landed his first co-op in a typical “English major” industry– publishing. Matt’s reason for choosing his first co-op was much simpler than a dreams of a career editing books: “I wanted to learn what it would be like to work in an office.” What Matt managed to learn turned out to be more encompassing than he anticipated.
“The critical thinking skills that I sharpened as an English major helped me to be more decisive and thorough when working through problems on the job.”
His first six-month co-op at Aptara (as an Editorial Assistant) brought with it a steep learning curve. Matt reported that he learned about himself, the culture of a formal work setting, the rapidly changing nature of the publishing industry, and, surprisingly, a lot about his role as a student back in the classroom. Among other things, Matt said that he successfully learned how to communicate and work with people of all ages, personalities, and levels of experience. “It moved me towards maturity.” Working 9-5 also changed the way Matt organized his time, a skill he carried back to his role as classroom student once the co-op was over.
For his next co-op, Matt handily beat out business major candidates, after a stressful panel interview, for a highly coveted co-op at Bose Corporation, a premier sound systems company. “I had never had a business role in my life,” Matt said. At Bose, Matt was a Purchasing Co-op. As the liaison between commodity managers within the Global Supply Chain organization, Matt was tasked with a variety of analytical and reporting g responsibilities. His supervisor described Matt as “beyond his years from a maturity standpoint. ….His ability to communicate to all levels (lead to) opportunities for Matt to present in front of our executives….His situational awareness is strong. He proved to be an effective listener as well as an effective communicator based on the task, audience, and situation at hand. He was a critical player during his time at Bose.”
Matt said that by the end of his second co-op, he noticed there were valuable, overarching take-aways from integrating his learning between the traditional classroom setting and a live work environment. Co-op, said Matt, made him “a more professional student in the classroom” and that outside of the classroom it “made me a more intelligent employee. The critical thinking skills that I sharpened as an English major helped me to be more decisive and thorough when working through problems on the job.”
Matt’s final co-op was at a dynamic, cloud hosting start-up company- Stackdriver. As a Support Analyst at a small and rapidly growing company, Matt worked with an eclectic group of colleagues that include computer engineers, business developers, marketing managers, and operations analysis among others. Matt’s observed “the structure of the organization, creative dynamics, selective hiring, and how well the folks who work together positively mesh together contributed to their success. The co-founders are an intelligent, highly organized team,” said Matt. “They put a plan in place and they follow the plan.” Matt’s strengths – his ability to learn new things quickly, his strong communication skills and his knack for problem solving earned him an after-graduation job at Stackdriver. “It’s a great fit on so many levels,” said Matt. “I’m excited to jump into the next chapter.”
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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...
- Casey took “Global Markets and Local Cultures'' with the late Professor Jeffrey Juris. After traveling, she saw how the coursework mirrored reality, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- Casey went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay. She wanted to become fluent in Spanish, and she did become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey did her first co-op at the Museum of Fine Arts as a Community Arts program assistant. She gained valuable hands-on experience assisting in arts classes for the local communities.
- Casey joined the Sociology & Anthropology Student Association during her third year. It allowed her to get to know her fellow students and mirrored the small school experience she loved.
- Casey studied abroad in Nepal for her capstone thesis. She lived alone for a month while she researched and wrote about the lived experience of climate change in the lower Himalayas.
- Casey joined the Sunrise Movement, an environmental group that organizes protests urging political action for climate justice issues. With them, she truly felt like a part of the local Boston community.
- Casey worked for the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, founded by Professor Sarah Wylie. She produced promotional videos, developed a virtual research event, wrote event programming, and more. ..
- Northeastern has provided Sunita with interdisciplinary opportunities to utilize her education in the Greater Boston community, on co-op, and abroad.
- Sunita spent Summer 2019 on a Dialogue of Civilizations in Jordan and Egypt. It helped her realize her interest in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Her favorite class, Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- Her first co-op was at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Her second co-op at Enel X provided insight into battery storage, solar and wind farms, demand response, and the economic incentives that drive the energy market.
- In spring 2019, Sunita joined the Student Alliance for Prison Reform as well as Partakers, a partner of the club, where she mentored a prisoner at MCI Concord.
- Sunita is a member of the International Relations Council and has traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences...
- 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...