For all of you just embarking on your first D’Amore-McKim co-op journey here at Northeastern, I have chosen a few tips to share on the art of dressing business casual. You will find this style of dress to be used in just about every step of the co-op process short of the interview, in which you will probably be in a full suit (and whatever the female equivalent to a full suit might be). So, before you go out to your next information session or other assorted networking event, give the list below a quick glance. I did my best with the women’s tips, as I obviously have considerably less experience with these…
Men: Facial hair, if present, should be well groomed. If it is an exceptionally conservative office environment, it might be best to just part with it all together.
Women: Keep the cosmetics looking natural and not too loud. I would give more specific tips on shades and such, but to be honest I really have no idea. It should be relatively self-explanatory.
Men: Long-sleeve button-up shirts. Though a polo may be tempting, it might be too casual for certain situations, and it is far better to stand out for taking your dress up a notch than arriving underdressed. As far as color, go for solids such as blues or whites, or conservative stripes if you are feeling adventurous. A tie is totally up to you, but it can help you stand out for the right reasons. Do NOT attempt the business casual bow tie, unless your name is Bill Nye. Which it is not.
Women: Tailored shirts/blouses or tailored knit sweaters. No shiny fabrics, and use common sense when it comes to fit. If you would be fine with your grandmother seeing you in it, then you are probably good to go.
Men: No jeans. Ever. A nice pair of khaki pants or black suit pants for more formal events will work well. Try and avoid pants that are overly baggy, make sure your shirt is tucked in, and ALWAYS match your belt with your shoes.
Women: Casual pants (not jeans) or skirts. Keep a happy medium between tight and flowing, with skirts coming to at least the knees while standing. Colors should be solid and conservative (noticing a trend yet?) such as black or khaki.
Men: Leather shoes, either brown or black. Athletic shoes, boots, and sandals are right out. As mentioned above, make sure the shoes match your belt. It will be noticed, for the wrong reasons, if they do not.
Women: Leather shoes, flats, or (if you are feeling skillful) high heels. Best to just avoid open toed shoes, as they may be too casual for certain situations.
Men: Finally, accessories should be kept to a minimum. A classy and simple watch is an excellent addition, as it allows you to avoid pulling out your phone for time-checking. Leave the Rolex at home, you do not want to be upping your future employer’s watch game as a college student. Use your judgement on earrings, this really differs company to company.
Women: Similar to men, keep the jewelry conservative. Earrings, a simple watch, and whatever else you feel is appropriate.
If you have made it down to this point, then I hope you are feeling confident about your dress, and ready to rock that business-casual style!
Northeastern University photography club (NuPic) had its first outing last night to the Esplanade. If anyone is interested in getting into photography, I definitely recommend checking NuPic out! We meet every Wednesday at 6PM in 106 West Village G.
And just like that, week one of the college semester is behind us! For all of you just starting out, take this as a lesson for just how fast time seems to move over these next four (or five…or six) years at Northeastern! This is particularly true on co-op, when such a routine is formed that the days seem even shorter. A few tips for going into week two:
-Go to that first meeting of the club you signed up for at the fall activity fair. Sure, it may be uncomfortable if you do not know anyone else planning to attend this meeting, but clubs and activities really do help ease the transition into college.
-Find a study space that works for you. Maybe your roommate chooses to binge on Call of Duty every time you sit down to study in your residence hall room (or maybe you are said roommate…in which case that habit probably won’t last). Venture outside the confines of your room, check out the library, find a space in Curry, but take this valuable time before classes start getting truly hectic to find a strategy for cranking out work.
-Remember that Boston exists beyond campus. Just because you are now in classes does not mean that you should be constantly glued to your desk or your room. Continue to explore and experience the awesome city you have around you. Study breaks are a necessity for surviving the stressful times of the semester.
-Check out the gym, or at least do something physical. This is one of the best stress relievers, and will give you the energy to get through those 8 am’s and late nights.
As always, make the most out of this time. There are a lot of great opportunities to have fun and do amazing things during these years, so enjoy!
Well I am now officially a resident of 109 St. Stephen street, and have a great apartment! I’ve finally gotten my own bedroom and love the location. I hope everyone else had a positive move in experience, as always feel free to ask any questions you have!
The packing has officially begun for my move to Boston tomorrow and I’m getting pretty excited! Tonight will consist of some real-world Tetris as I try to pack everything into the car to beat the rush tomorrow morning. I hope everyone else is getting excited to head back down as well, as always feel free to ask me questions as you start your time on campus. Anything from questions about classes, to places to eat, to any other Boston information you would like to know!
The time is getting near to head back to Boston and I am definitely starting to get excited! This year should be an interesting living experience, as I will not be in a Northeastern residence hall but rather an apartment on St. Steven street. Since I now have a couple of years of experience in this endeavor, I figured I would provide some tips for all you eager freshmen:
-Don’t overpack. The freshman rooms are not exactly palaces, so your oversized bean bag and choice piece of IKEA furniture can be left at home (fire code wouldn’t allow either of these items anyway)
-Remain calm about your roommate assignment. Some people may be quite misrepresented by their Facebook page that you have undoubtedly been stalking, so save your opinions until you’ve met in person and had some time to get to know each other. You might find you have more in common than you think (hint: Northeastern housing probably had something to do with that when they assigned you together)
Go explore. There is no better bonding experience than trying to navigate the not-so-gridlike streets of Boston with a group of people you just met. Don’t be afraid to say hello, people will appreciate it! It’s kind of like running into wildlife while on a hike, they’re probably more scared of you than you are of them.
Finally, have fun! I agree that it is a huge change that destroys any concept of a comfort zone, so embrace this and make this new experience the experience you want it to be.
Best of luck Freshmen, I’ll see you around campus!