Class of 2017

ALLISON TRAYLOR

College: D’Amore McKim School of Business

Co-ops: National Center on Time and Learning (Knowledge Management Research Assistant), The TJX Companies (Global Talent Management Research Assistant)

Organizations: Senior Resident Assistant, Civic Engagement Program, Research

Who/what has helped influence you in your career path?

After my first co-op at the National Center on Time and Learning, I was looking to shift directions to a field that encompassed my interest in leadership, teams, and organizations. I reached out to Dr. Paula Caligiuri, a Northeastern professor in DMSB who has a background in Industrial/Organizational (I/O) Psychology to learn more about her research and background. Through research, Dr. Caligiuri introduced me to the world of I/O psychology (and its business school counterpart, organizational behavior), and I eventually designed my own independent research project under her supervision. Her guidance and encouragement helped me decide to pursue a first co-op and now graduate school in this field, and I will be entering a Ph.D. program next fall!

How have you changed since first coming to Northeastern?

I have changed since first coming to Northeastern in more ways than I would have thought possible as a freshman, but I think the biggest change is that I’ve really created and solidified my identity. In my first couple of years at Northeastern, I bounced around a fair amount between friend groups and in my studies. I was constantly reflecting – what did I like most about that experience or class or group of people? How could I find a new experience that combined what I liked most with some new components? This process, combined with my research experiences and role as a Resident Assistant on campus, helped me really define who I was and who I wanted to be. I consider myself in a constant state of growth and evolution, but I’m a lot more confident in who I am today than I was four years ago.


HELEN SHARMA

College: College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Co-ops: U.S. Department of Education (Office for Civil Rights), Bridge International Academies

Organizations: Strong Women Strong Girls, Feminist Student Organization, Lutheran Episcopal Campus Ministry, Husky Ambassadors

What is the most rewarding experience you have had at Northeastern?

The most rewarding experience I have had at Northeastern is joining Strong Women, Strong Girls. SWSG is a national nonprofit with chapters at a handful of colleges and universities in the Boston area. I have had the honor of mentoring 3rd-5th graders through SWSG for the last five years and serving on the e-board for the last three. SWSG has made me a stronger and more compassionate person, both in my professional life and in my relationships with others, and helped me find a career path I am passionate about. I have learned how to grow with other activists and advocates in my many communities, and how to make hope and love central tenets of education for girls and women. I am grateful every day to have stumbled across this organization and the women in it who have become my family.

What advice do you have for Northeastern Students

The advice I have for Northeastern students–if I’m qualified to give advice at all–is this: First, find your people and your community. Find a place on this campus that gives you strength (I promise that place exists somewhere). Then, use that strength to build something beautiful. Boston is such a unique place, and spending these years here is such a gift. Whether you’re organizing protests and advocating for your beliefs or using your schoolwork to make this city a better place to live, leave something here that is bigger than what this place has given you. Also, make sure you have some fun.


MATTHEW FERREIRA

College: D’Amore McKim School of Business

Co-ops: KLR Tax Co-op, Vertex Corporate Accounting Co-op, TJX Financial Analyst

Organizations: Delta Tau Delta, Beta Alpha Psi

How have you changed since coming to Northeastern?

I have changed a whole lot since first coming to Northeastern. Over the last 5 years, I’ve transformed from a know-it-all teenager to a (mostly) responsible, accountable, and open-minded adult. I surrounded myself with people who helped me get to where I am today and I\ can’t overstate the impact that Delta Tau Delta and my brothers have had on my life. The Northeastern community and culture have also shaped me through the co-op program and all of the great programming that pushed me to not just be a college student, but also to be a functioning adult.

What will you miss most about Northeastern?

What I will miss most about Northeastern is the family I’ve gained throughout my time here and the lifestyle this university allowed me to have. During my college experience, I’ve not only gained lifelong friends, but also an entire network of people that I care about. Living with some of these people is something I’m very grateful for, even if they drove me crazy from time to time. Being surrounded by people who were going through the same things as I was had to be one of the most beneficial aspects of going to school at Northeastern and in Boston in general. The Northeastern lifestyle of transitioning from classes to co-op and back again was an amazing experience and I will miss it greatly as I enter the working world for good.


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