Spanish & International Affairs, BA
Natalie is a combined Spanish and International Affairs Major; she enjoyed being able to use International Affairs to enhance her knowledge of Spanish and Latin America.
Natalie took Spanish in high school, leading her to continue her study of the language at Northeastern.
Natalie went on an Honors Pilgrimage Dialogue in Spain with Professor Liz Bucar during her first year.
The original major that Natalie declared was restructured into the combined major of Spanish and International Affairs.
Natalie stuck with the major because she enjoyed the classes and loved traveling, and the Spanish major lent itself out to that.
Natalie studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina during her second-year Spring, giving her the chance to take classes that she could not have taken at Northeastern while completing requirements.
One of Natalie's favorite classes was Latin American Film with Professor José Buscaglia, in which she learned about cultural expression through film.
Natalie did two Alternative Spring Breaks, one in Texas and one in Puerto Rico. In Puerto Rico, Natalie got to learn about sustainability and a lot of Spanish language around farming.
Natalie is a part of the outdoor club NUHOC, and spent a lot of weekends camping, leading trips, and developing knowledge and skills about the outdoors.
Natalie's first coop was at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston working with studio art classes. In her third year, she completed two part time coops with Climate XChange and Roxbury Tenants of Harvard.
Natalie appreciated the opportunity to participate in research with Professor Zoltán Glück. She contributed to a literature review and analyzing archival documents on counterterrorism in Kenya.
After graduating, Natalie is planning on pursuing her Masters in International Affairs through Northeastern's PlusOne Program.
“If you have the time to do the major rather than the minor, it shows your commitment to the language, which can put you a step ahead in competitive job markets.”
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- Law school is a big investment. That’s why Chinma was attracted to NU and the co-op process, which has allowed her to experience the legal environment before committing to the practice.
- Chinma’s long-held love of reading and writing, specifically poetry, led to her to decision to major in English for her undergraduate education.
- In her first year, Chinma took Early African American Literature with Professor Nicole Aljoe. It was the first time she had a Black professor and the opportunity to share lived experiences in a new way.
- Chinma took Contemporary Poetry with Professor Eunsong Kim which explored readings that Chinma still uses today. She learned how poetry and art can affect real change, like through the Black Arts Movement.
- Chinma is co-president of Our Voices: Women of Color, which is run through the Social Justice Resource Center and the Center for Intercultural Engagement and allows her to facilitate vital conversations.
- Through Our Voices: Women of Color, Chinma attended Northeastern’s EMPOWER conference for students of color in 2019, where she gave a presentation about intersectionality.
- In her second year, Chinma took Intro to Law, Policy, and Society with Professor Daniel Urman, which gave her the chance to explore the intersection between current events and law, furthering her interest...
- 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...
Benjamin Cooper Gould
- Cooper’s dialogue, Challenges in Coastal Sustainability, and the course Ethics and Evolutionary games with Prof. Smead have been very impactful to him.
- As part of a class with Prof. Kelting on harm and aid he was able to write and submit real anti-racist curriculum for pre-schools in Boston.
- Cooper has been a PPE Peer Mentor, and he has also served as the PPE representative on the CSSH Student Advisory Council for three years.
- Cooper spent much of the summer in 2019 in Hong Kong and Malaysia on dialogue, exploring challenges for coastal sustainability.
- Cooper has had two co-ops, the first at Boston After School & Beyond, and the second at Dynasty Financial Partners, in New York City.
- He has conducted independent research projects with the Marine Science Center, for which he received a grant, as well as in philosophy.
- After graduation, Cooper is hoping to specialize in education justice, first by pursuing a Master’s in Education before teaching, and ultimately going into policy...