B.S in Political Science and Economics
Expected to Graduate in 2021
Four years ago, I applied to Northeastern University, never having been to Boston or having visited the university. Today I am living my dream with 4 years, 2 co-ops and a major in Political Science and Economics. I have grown exponentially during my time here, my fondest memories and greatest experiential learning happened all right here, on campus. Northeastern has helped me develop life skills that will allow me to thrive in our uncertain tomorrow, it has challenged me to think freely and to always think outside the box. I am excited to begin my next journey in life.
Vijay started his academic career at Northeastern knowing that he wanted to study law and partake in the experiential learning program.
During his sophomore year, Vijay joined a startup named "Rescue Hound" which made customizable first aid kits. The startup partnered with Northeastern to trial the kits across campus.
He participated in a directed study under Jarvis Chen, who influenced Vijay greatly. Together, they studied the politics of charter schools and what contributed to their successes and failure.
Vijay also became the Director of the Tuesday Speaker Series of Northeastern's Entrepreneur Club.
Vijay participated in an online, South-Africa based, consulting dialogue with Dennis Shaughnessy, which piqued his interest in consulting.
Vijay took his second co-op at Mastercard, where he focused on franchise consulting.
Vijay will graduate in May of 2021, and continue working at Mastercard. He also hopes to obtain his MBA with a focus on consulting.
“Four years later, my biggest takeaway is not my degree but my skillset. Northeastern taught me how to excel in and out of a classroom environment. Northeastern allowed me to re-discover myself and had endless opportunities for trying new things. Four years here and still so many things left for me to do at Northeastern. The Co-op program has been my favorite time here, there is nothing like being 20 years old and networking with industry experts, right here on campus. My biggest advice is never to say no and never stop learning.”
More Student Paths
- 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...