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 took "Sustainable Renewable Energy Development in the Global South" with Professor Shalanda Baker, which pushed him to further question systems as they exist, no matter their entrenched in society.
- He did community service as part of the Ujima Global Leaders Program through the John D. O’Bryant African American Institute. He worked on the Timebank team, helping give back to local communities.
- Charles split his time for his first co-op between the Center for Economic Democracy and the Boston Ujima Project, where he analyzed studies on community needs, including infrastructure and childcare.
- He was one of the co-creators of the #BlackAtNU campaign and advocated for racial literacy courses and a restorative and transformative justice center on campus.
- Charles made his own research project- a macroeconomic index to measure democratic participation in municipal economies, partnering with NU, the Columbus Foundation and the Center for Economic Democracy.
- He worked at the Participatory Budgeting Project as a Program Associate, helping city systems and other organizations actively decide how to invest money across different spaces.
- Charles graduated in 2022. ..
- Casey took Global Markets and Local Cultures. After traveling, she better saw how the coursework mirrored real life, and knew her education was preparing her for the world.
- She went on a DOC to Argentina and Uruguay, and become highly proficient while living in Buenos Aires and visiting the glaciers of the Patagonia region.
- Casey completed 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 local communities.
- She 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.
- She 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.
- Casey graduated in 2020. ..
- Sunita took Revolution, Civil War, and Insurrection, taught by Professor Risa Kitagawa. The course invited students to question the motives behind acts of violence against governments.
- She traveled on a Dialogue of Civilizations to Jordan and Egypt; while there she grew interested in Middle East politics and the Arabic language.
- Sunita worked at the Institute for Economics and Peace in Sydney, Australia, where she analyzed data on the corruption of police forces in Mexico.
- Sunita was a member of the International Relations Council and traveled abroad with the club to compete in Model Arab League, Model NATO, and Model UN conferences.
- Sunita conducted research with Berna Turam, developing a greater understanding of the Mediterranean migrant crisis. She also researched the feminist response to Covid-19 with Val Moghadam.
- She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2022.
- 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 his high school and college experiences.
- He 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 enlightened look at the problems endemic to cities.
- Yasser joined the Boston Beer Company as a Program Operations and Event Assistant for his first co-op. He worked on inventory, public relations, brewery events, and workspace organization.
- He implemented 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 maintained a farm in Dorchester for The Food Project. He harvested crops, distributed produce through donations and food markets, and worked on overall logistics.
- In 2020, Yasser won the Community Service Leadership award, given to students who show exemplary community engagement. He was recognized for his work at The Food Project, Northeastern Crossing, and more.
- He graduated 2022 with his Bachelor’s in International Affairs and Religious Studies and his Master’s in Security and Resilience Studies, through Northeastern’s PlusOne program...