Oh man, this might be a long one. I love both of those things, but let’s see what kind of list I can make for you!
- I love co-op. I know that everyone says this, but it’s with good reason. As an English major, I was fully aware that if I wanted a job after college, I would need to have real-world experience as well as an idea of what I want to do. NU gave me both of those.
- Opportunities in general. I’ve done two co-ops, service-learning, and am studying abroad in the fall. That’s not counting all the student organizations and activities I’ve taken part of, all before I’m done my 3rd year of college!
- Location. I love Boston, and more than that, I love that I can go from studying (or sleeping!) on the quad to shopping on Newbury Street in 10 minutes. Northeastern has the best of both worlds - a set campus as well as easy access to the best city in the world.
On the other hand, even I’ll admit Northeastern isn’t perfect.
- Cost. NU is expensive, and it definitely was the only thing holding me back from a fully committed YES when I got accepted. Definitely fill out the FAFSA and apply for as many scholarships as possible. In the end, for me it was worth the cost when I considered what I was getting in return.
- Sports. I am a (mildly) obsessive Boston sports fan, and just a fan of sports in general, so to have so many teams so close is fantastic. Keep an eye out for student discounts, and you can get some really cheap tickets!
- Food. I also have a food obsession. Boston has it all, from amazing Italian food in the North End to some of the best burritos ever at Anna’s Taqueria. And that’s not even counting things like Boloco’s peanut butter Nutella milkshake or lunch at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese food truck.
- Walking. While it make take you a little while, it’s entirely possible to walk the whole city. I did it with my roommates sophomore year one Saturday. We started at Mission Hill and ended up in Charlestown. More realistically, it’s so easy to walk from Northeastern’s campus to Boston staples like Fenway Park, the Prudential, Newbury Street, and Boston Common. If you want to go somewhere farther away, just hop on the T - both the Orange and Green lines stop on campus.
As far as my least favorite things about Boston, there’s only a couple:
- Smaller city. Boston just isn’t as big as NYC or LA, so if you’re only going to hit up major tourist attractions, you’ll cover them fairly quickly. Instead of thinking that you’ve done everything though, take that as a chance to explore the lesser-known parts of the city. I’ve found some of my favorite places in Boston by avoiding tourist traps and being able to really explore all parts of the city. Not only will you find cool places, but you’ll feel less like a visitor and more like Boston is your home!
I hope this helped! Let me know if you have any more questions!
After days (weeks? months? years?) of snow, ice, rain, slush, and just all around bad weather, Boston saw the sun today! It was 40 degrees when I went outside to get lunch, but after all the polar vortex-level weather that has taken over the Northeast lately, I may as well have been in Florida!
A lot of people ask if the cold weather and long winters that Boston is known for bother me. I was born in Maine and grew up in New Hampshire, so I’ve never known anything other than snow falling from October through April. That being said, it sure can get cold in Boston (the wind is the worst part). While I wouldn’t advise taking long strolls through the Common in a January blizzard, I usually don’t find it that bad. Just make sure you bring winter jackets and plenty of mittens and scarves!
(Side note: my roommate and I just invested in a HUGE box of handwarmers and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Just stick a handwarmer in your glove and bam! instant heat for 8 hours.)
Boston’s winters are just as cold as you’d think, but I love them. Sledding, walking in just-fallen snow, skating on Frog Pond, cuddling up inside with hot chocolate and a movie after walking home in the cold, and (of course) building snowmen are all quintessential winter activities. I can’t imagine living anywhere where there aren’t 4 distinct seasons, and while winter might seem endless sometimes, without winter there couldn’t be such an appreciation for warm spring days when they finally come! (Or even days like today which would ordinarily hardly qualify as “warm” but seem balmy in comparison to the polar vortex). We also wouldn’t appreciate summer days and crisp fall quite as much either.
First off, congratulations! Business is an awesome program, and you’ll have a great time. As far as living, Northeastern has LLCs (Living Learning Communities) for freshmen within residence halls, so you actually pick an LLC, not a building. That being said, there are plenty of business-related LLCs! I know past LLCs have included International Business, Corporate Explorers, and Leaders in Society, just to name a few. Once you get information on housing, you’ll be able to pick an LLC that most interests you. Good luck, and again, congratulations!
Whenever I told anyone that I wanted to be an English major, their overwhelming reaction was, if not necessarily negative, skeptical. “Well, what do you want to do with that?” was the first question that was always asked. At 18, I wasn’t entirely sure. I just knew that I loved the power of words, in reading and writing, and wanted to spend my life exploring and developing that passion.
Even with that conviction, I wasn’t naïve about the likelihood of my post-grad employment. I knew that if I wanted a career with an English major, I would have to go to a school that believed in my future as much as I did, and had the resources to support me in that dream. Northeastern was everything that I’ve ever wanted in a school, even before they formally launched the Empower campaign.
As a supporter of the humanities, I truly believe that knowledge is power. The most impactful way that Northeastern has empowered me has been equipping me with knowledge of careers and opportunities that I had no idea about before my time here. I’ve participated in service-learning, both as a student and a TA, and had my eyes open to parts of Boston that I was ignorant to, and people who are doing amazing things to change this city for the better. I just submitted my application to study abroad in the fall in Seville, Spain. I’m on my second co-op right now, this one in the PR field with the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority after completing my last co-op in publishing at National Geographic Learning’s editorial department.
Upon graduating high school, the only two career options people gave to me as an English major were a teacher or a writer. Northeastern opened a whole new world to me, and not just through the opportunities they provide academically. I wouldn’t have my second co-op if it weren’t for a fellow tour guide who told me it would be a perfect fit. That’s the beauty of Northeastern – they don’t focus on benefitting a certain subset of students. Every single person is empowered individually by what Northeastern does as a whole, and that community is my favorite part of Northeastern. We are successful because other students have been, and continue to be, successful.
That’s the true meaning of empowerment, and that’s what Northeastern offers to anyone who chooses to enroll. It’s why I’m passionate about my Northeastern education, and always want to see others take advantage of the same opportunities. If you want to see what amazing things Northeastern propels our students do every day, check out the #iheartcoop hashtag started by the Empower campaign on Twitter (@EmpowerNU if you want to check it out).
I can tell you one thing for sure: no matter how grown up you are, snow days never get less exciting. Northeastern cancelled classes last night, but I had to wait until 6am to get the call from my co-op boss telling me that I could stay home for the day.
A lot of what I do is social media and writing, so I’m doing a little bit of that from home. There’s an event at one of our facilities right now, so I’m tracking their Tweets and the event’s hashtag and occasionally posting and retweeting from our MCCA accounts. Other than that, it’s a day of cuddling in my bed and re-watching House of Cards from the first episode.
The snow is supposed to end tonight, so work tomorrow will probably go on as scheduled. There is supposed to be another big storm Sunday-Monday so who knows, maybe we’ll get lucky and have snow day part two! If you live in the New England area, stay safe and warm! If not, look forward to the Boston weather you’ll experience at Northeastern! :)
Lastly, here’s a picture of Olaf the Snowman because who can resist him?