It is hard to believe that two years have already come and gone for me at Northeastern. With just one final exam remaining next Tuesday, I can see the finish line of this Sophomore year. This past semester in particular has definitely been my toughest thus far, with 18 credits of classes and a co-op search to top it all off. It has been one giant lesson in time management and prioritizing, and I feel I have learned more than I could have ever imagined in the process! It will be nice to have a couple months of rest, but I am super excited to get back into the Boston world when I start my co-op with Life is Good! Stay tuned for updates on summer shenanigans and the New Hampshire life as I take a break from the city for a little while!
I had the opportunity to go backpacking this weekend with Sojourn Collegiate Ministry, one of the groups I am involved with on campus. We headed up to Carter Notch Hut in Gorham, New Hampshire, and got to stay overnight at the cabins on top of the mountain. It was quite the experience with some amazing views, and a great opportunity to step away from the school work before the studying for finals begins!
The moving bins have arrived!! I absolutely cannot believe I move out just one week from tomorrow! This semester has been absolutely amazing, from having the opportunity to write this blog to accepting my first co-op at Life is Good! I look forward to keeping you all up to date on my adventures over the summer and on co-op! This whole college thing is going by way too quickly…
With all of the buzz about class selection for the fall (which I can happily skip thanks to co-op), I heard a rumor amongst some friends that there was a scuba diving class offered at Northeastern. And since I heard this on a day that was not April 1st, I figured I would look into it. Sure enough, I came across BIOL-1105: Beginning Scuba in our course catalogue. I suppose it makes perfect sense for our marine bio majors who will be making countless dives, but I am currently in the process of checking whether those outside the College of Science can also partake in this class, and whether or not it results in a scuba certification. Talk about a perfect class for spring semester of senior year!
As some of you know, I am currently in the middle of interview season for my co-op coming up in July. I came across an interesting article yesterday relating to interviews that really stuck out to me, which can be seen at this link:
For those of you that would rather not open it and read, it was basically talking about why Millennials (those of us born from the mid-80’s until the early 2000’s) are having such a difficult time landing jobs out of college. The article argued that it was not so much the economy as the actions of the millennials themselves. Listed below are the main complaints of employers regarding their interviews with today’s young professionals, as discussed in the article:
-Coming to the interview dressed in casual clothes (not a suit)
-Being accompanied to an interview by a parent
-Having said parent actively participate in the interview
-Posting inappropriate materials on their social media pages
-Using phones during interviews
-Lack of preparation for interviews (not knowing anything about the company beforehand)
-Not sending any form of thank you note following the interview
I realize that some of these might seem utterly ridiculous (a parent insisting they participate in the interview?), but the article included stats to back up these complaints. These are all things that need to be common sense when we go to our interviews. Dressing appropriately and doing our research on the company beforehand shows respect for the interviewer and their time, as well as a thank you note after. As far as social media, just know that it can never be completely hidden. Phones have no place during the discussion, and should never leave your pocket during the interview, save for any special circumstances.
I know this post might seem a bit Debbie Downer, but these all seem to me like they are simple things to fix, and avoiding these mistakes can really make you stand out against other applicants. Happy interviewing everyone!
Tonight was just one of those nights where I needed a change from the dining hall food, and did not feel like cooking myself (it’s been a long few days of pounding out a programming project), so I figured I would take this opportunity to point out some of the awesome dining options at which we can use our dining dollars around campus! Enjoy!
Literally on campus:
Curry has several options, including Boston’s only Taco Bell, Sweet Tomatoes Pizza, Uburger, locally started Kigo Kitchen, KFC, and the West End market. There is also the Hungry Hungry Husky food truck, delicious subs at Wollaston’s and last but not least Chicken Lou’s (a favorite amongst northeastern students)
Right next to campus:
Boloco, Au Bon Pain (both located in the Marino Center which I guess is technically on campus), Qdoba, Boston House of Pizza
Shaw’s grocery store (if you do feel like getting food and cooking for yourself), and Giovanni’s Market (also a great place to pick up some of those raw ingredients for cooking)
I am sure there is even more that I am unaware of, but as you can see, there are plenty of places to use up those dining dollars when you are in need of a culinary change of pace. Happy eating Huskies!
I have been informed that the last of Northeastern’s acceptances have now been sent out, so I just wanted to give a big congratulations to all of those accepted! I highly encourage each and every one of you to come to campus, if possible, so we can give you a tour around and show you why we think Northeastern is the best place on earth. As always, feel free to ask any questions you may have through the blog here as well. I look forward to seeing you all!
I hope everyone is having a Happy St. Patty’s Day! Boston was able to have an awesome (and quite cold) celebration yesterday with the annual parade. Still waiting until we pull a Chicago and dye the Charles green…
Today was my day for housing selection, and I would say it went pretty well! My current roommate and I were able to secure a room on St. Stephen Street, over near Speare Hall and across Huntington Avenue from the rest of campus. I am looking forward to living here, as it is a completely new area for me, and certainly has a great community feel. I wish the best of luck to anyone that has yet to select their housing!