I also have a separate blog for all my study abroad adventures, so feel free to check that out if you want more pictures, stories, etc. from my life in Spain!
I have loved every second of my study abroad experience in Spain so far! Even today, when a huge thunderstorm is making going outside pretty unlikely, I’ve gotten to relax, read a little, and go through the (many, many) pictures I’ve taken so far. It also gives me time to take a break and write for you guys! Today I decided to write down a few things that I wish I had known, or thought more about, before I crossed an ocean!
Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity, and Northeastern has so many incredible programs to fit with anyone’s interests and program requirements. If you end up here, it is at the top of my list of things you should do during your time here! If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message and let me know. Happy Sunday!
Hi! NUwave is our wireless network, yes. As far as I know, and I may be wrong since I didn’t live in a residence hall last year, all residence halls have NUwave in the common rooms, but it’s not guaranteed that you will have wifi in your own individual room. If someone who lived in a res hall last year knows the answer to this, please chime in!
Very! Boston is the quintessential college town, and it’s so easy to meet students from other colleges. My best friend from high school goes to BC, so I have met a lot of friends there through her, but even so, there are plenty of activities and places for college students in Boston where you are able to meet students from other schools!
That’s awesome, I’m so happy to hear that you are interested! Oh man, this is hard because I love so many things, but I’ll focus on two. First of all, I love Northeastern because it feels like home. I truly feel as though I belong when I’m on campus, and between my friends, Boston, and all of the support Northeastern offers, I am so comfortable there. Second, I love the flexibility of Northeastern. Rather than try to make you conform to a certain program or expectation, Northeastern encourages you to create your own path, and then they’ll do everything they can to help you achieve that vision. You have the freedom to dream of anything you want, and the support to make that dream a reality. I have yet to have someone tell me that I can’t do something I want to do, but instead explain the possible ways that it could be achieved. Obviously, some things aren’t plausible, but I’ve never felt like I couldn’t come up with a crazy, unlikely idea and see what happens from there.
I also love more finite things like co-op, living in Boston, the great classes that I’ve taken, the awesome organizations that I belong to, etc. In my experience, it’s very diverse! We have a steadily growing international student population and my roommate freshman year was from China! It’s so easy to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds, which is another thing I love.
Let me know if you have any more questions, and best of luck!
Hey there! I’m so glad that you love Boston - I do, too! Out of my 4 roommates, only of us is from Massachusetts. I’m from New Hampshire, so I’m pretty close, but the others are from Long Island, Pennsylvania, and Chicago. I know a ton of people from California, Texas, Seattle, etc. so Northeastern is definitely not just an East Coast school! I have done 2 co-ops so far, and loved both of them. It is a competitive process, because it’s meant to mimic the post-college job search process. You send out your resume, interview, and ultimately are accepted or rejected from a position. I don’t know a single person who got an offer from every single company they applied to. That being said, it’s so helpful in terms of refining your approach to cover letters, interviews, and the job process in general. I have learned so much about what works and what doesn’t! That being said, 99% of students who want to go on co-op receive placements, even if it’s not their first choice. So it is competitive, but it is also supposed to be a learning experience!
Hi! I actually live in an off-campus apartment, so I don’t think pictures would help you out too much, but if you go to Northeastern’s housing website you’ll find a lot more information about freshmen residence halls!
Each residence hall is different, so it depends on where you end up, but all of them are definitely clean and kept up nicely. The common areas, hallways, and communal bathrooms are cleaned every day, and then it’s up to you how often your clean your own individual room!
As far as loudness, it will probably never be silent like it would be in the suburbs, but I never found loudness to be a problem. I lived on Hemenway Street and Columbus Ave, two of the busier roads around campus, and never had a problem. By October, you probably won’t even notice the sound of cars - it just becomes background noise.
Let me know if there’s anything else I can help you with!
No! You’re more than welcome to submit them if you’ve taken subject tests, but they are not required.