Samantha started at Northeastern in the fall of 2015, two years after graduating from high school. Her experiences living and working near Boston between high school and college caused her to learn about and become interested in economic and moral issues related to healthcare. She decided to come to Northeastern because of its emphasis on career exploration and community engagement.
Moral and Social Problems in Health care, she really enjoyed hearing others who had worked in a healthcare setting connect their experiences to course topics.
Philosophy of Science, best thing about this class was how supportive her professor and classmates were. Her classmates and herself would go above and beyond class requirements.
Programming with Data, taking a data science class was at the time far out of her comfort zone, but her classmates, professor, TA's etc. helped her succeed in this course.
Philosophy Club, this became one of the most rewarding experiences she had at NEU. She was able to revamp the club since it had been inactive and really saw it grow.
Direct Study, Professors went out of their way to support her research interests by offering to supervise directed studies in areas including Formal Epistemology and Phil of Bio.
Experiential Learning, held various paid positions in the Phil Department including office assistant, teaching assistant, and research program coordinator for the Rossetti Group.
Next Steps? After graduation, worked full time as a research assistant for a health economics research group at Tufts Medical Center.
Accepted to several graduate programs with full funding including the University of Virginia, where she decided to attend because of the program’s emphasis on Phil of Science.
“Philosophy professors were excited about mentoring students. After attending a department bowling event, I decided to declare a major in philosophy because I enjoyed the community of students, faculty, and staff. I appreciated having a major where asking lots of questions was not only tolerated, but encouraged.”
More Student Paths
- Motivated by the struggles of her upbringing, Urbashee pursued economics as her field of study as an undergraduate at Boston University.
- Before coming to Northeastern, Urbashee worked at a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., and obtained a master’s degree in economics at the George Washington University.
- With the guidance of Prof. Alicia Modestino, Urbashee is analyzing the impact of private and public summer jobs programs on students’ academic and future employment outcomes.
- Specifically, Urbashee is investigating whether students placed in private, as opposed to public, sector summer jobs are likely to have better employment outcomes.
- Urbashee was recently awarded a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation, enabling her to participate in research training and purchase datasets for her dissertation.
- Urbashee's goal is to become an economist who studies and finds viable solutions to the deepening issues of poverty and inequality plaguing the youth in America.
- In July, Urbashee's first co-authored economics working paper "Politicians Avoid Tax Increases Around Elections", was posted on SSRN...
- Explored fields and methods of study he had not previously encountered through classroom experiences, engagement with faculty mentors, and research across the university.
- Had an “a-ha!” moment for his dissertation topic after writing about graffiti writing and neoliberal space for Prof. Gallagher’s Globalization & the Geopolitics of Writing class.
- Supported students and engaged in professional development as a Writing Center consultant and First-Year Writing instructor.
- Served as a graduate fellow for the Center of Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research (CATLR), where he conducted a university-wide assessment of the co-op program.
- With the help of Prof. Neal Lerner, Charles conducted assessment studies across the entire Writing Program while serving as the program’s Assistant Director.
- Developed the term “GeoEthnography” for his dissertation to look at the way Boston graffiti writers make, and remake, social and public space through their rhetorical work.
- Conferenced with Prof. Poe and Prof. Gallagher to develop a seminar paper into an article for publication in a flagship journal of Rhetoric and Composition...