Anonymous asked:

Hi Samantha... Can you please elaborate on your experience of being an engineering major? How was your freshman year. What area of engineering are you in?... Also is it possible for an undeclared freshman to become an engineering major and graduate on time. Thanks!

Hello! I am currently in my third year as an Industrial Engineering major. Industrial engineering focuses mainly on efficiency, quality control, and process improvement (in a nutshell). Northeastern also offers mechanical, chemical, electrical, civil, and computer engineering as well as concentrations in structural, environmental, and biomechanical engineering. All engineering students take the same course load their freshman year, which consists of general classes like calculus, physics, chemistry, and engineering design. Students choose their specific engineering major at the very end of their freshman year. As far as switching into engineering goes…it may not be the easiest major to switch into, but it’s still doable! The vast majority of Northeastern students take core classes their first year such as math, science, and humanities, so a lot of these will also cover some of the requirements of the engineering curriculum. Hope this helps!

hachlko asked:

Hi! I'm going to be a Northeastern University freshman next year, and I was wondering what it is like to be an undeclared student? I'm pretty sure that I want to major in Psychology, but I'm not totally sure, so I was thinking that I would go in undeclared. But I know orientation is by major etc., so I was wondering if it's better to just declare a major before the start of the school year? I know they have a program for undeclared students, I was just unsure. Thanks!

First of all, congratulations on being admitted to Northeastern! I personally don’t have any experience with the undeclared program, but I know that Northeastern does an excellent job of helping undeclared students find their academic path. If you think you are interested in psychology but don’t feel ready to declare a major, your academic advisor can help enroll you in psychology-related courses so that you can get a feel for how you like it. As far as orientation goes, you are actually able to declare a major AT orientation if you have decided what you would like to do by that point. But no rush! There are undeclared orientation groups as well, and you’ll be sure to make friends there just as easily! I hope this helps.

Anonymous asked:

How have you benefit from the Greek Life on campus?

Where do I even begin? I have gotten so much more out of being in a sorority than I ever could have imagined. I originally joined so that I could expand my social network, but I have grown in so many other ways as a result of being a part of a sisterhood. I am surrounded by some of the strongest and most inspiring women that I know. They motivate me to be a better person in all aspects of my life, whether that means being a better leader, being a better student, or simply being a better friend. It is such a blessing to have a built-in support system and to know that any of my sisters would be willing to help me if I ever needed anything, no questions asked. Being involved in fraternity and sorority life has brought me some of the best friends that anyone could ask for, and it has allowed me to feel like part of a community on campus. There are many other student organizations that allow students to benefit in the same ways, but personally I really value what being involved in a sorority has done for me. Thanks for asking, and please let me know if you would like me to go into more detail about anything!

YOBO

I’m getting really excited for this summer. Not only because I will be able to walk outside without a jacket for the first time in what seems like eternity, but also because I’ve got big plans! The one on my mind at the moment is the ten-day trip that I will be taking to Israel in May as a part of the Birthright program for Jewish youth. I will get to learn all about Israeli culture, swim in the Dead Sea, hike the Israel trail, and even ride a camel! Another added bonus? I get to do it all with other Northeastern students. I think it is going to be an amazing opportunity to meet new people and to explore a part of the world that I probably would never get to see otherwise. As they say, YOU ONLY BIRTHRIGHT ONCE!

Northeastern students on last December’s birthright trip!

Making Connections

One of the organizations that I am involved with is the Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE for short). Last weekend I was given the opportunity to attend the regional IIE conference held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It may sound boring to you, but I actually really enjoyed getting to spend time with fellow industrial engineering students and listening to the various speakers and companies that were presenting. (And it didn’t hurt that there was free food all day, but that’s beside the point.) I got to learn about the inner workings of companies like UPS, Staples, and Tyco, and I got to hear from some people that are fairly well-known in my field. At the end of one of the speaker series, I got up the nerve to go up and speak to the presenter because I loved her enthusiasm and was interested in the experiences that she shared with us. I learned that she has connections to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, where I will be on co-op in the fall! She informed me that she would be speaking at Northeastern in April, and I have already set up a coffee date with her. I’m excited to hear more about her experiences and to geek out about our common interests. Just goes to show that 1) it’s a small world and 2) a little networking goes a long way. 

GREEK WEEK

Friday marked the beginning of the best week of the year. I’m talking about GREEK WEEK of course! This is the time of year that Northeastern fraternities and sororities come together for a little friendly competition/bonding. I can’t even begin to explain how fun it is. I get the opportunity to spend extra time with my sisters, to hang out with the fraternities we are paired with, and to get my game face on. Here’s a breakdown of the week:

Friday/Saturday: Northeastern Relay for Life

Relay for Life is an event sponsored by the American Cancer Society to raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. It goes from 6 pm on Friday to 6 am on Saturday and is equally as entertaining as it is touching. There are three ceremonies throughout the night to remember those lost to cancer, to celebrate those who have won the battle against cancer, and to support those who are currently fighting cancer. Throughout the night there are also dance and a cappella performances, contests, games, crafts, and free stuff just to name a few things! It’s a blast, and it feels really good to be supporting a cause that affects so many of our lives. Check out this video of my sorority at the event!

Sunday: Greek Olympics

As you may guess, Greek Olympics is an athletic competition between all fraternities and sororities. It consists of a relay race (think running, three-legged racing, potato sack racing, and dizzy bat), dodgeball, tug-of-war, and volleyball. It gets pretty intense, but we also really enjoy cheering for each other and coming together as a community. One of the members of Alpha Epsilon Phi took an Ellen DeGeneres-style selfie with us all to capture the day’s success.

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Monday: Speaker

Someone much wiser than us comes in and speaks about a topic that could benefit us in FSL (P.S. That stands for Fraternity and Sorority Life). This year Sam Davidson presented about friendly rivalries.  

Tuesday: Greek God/Goddess

Each chapter selects one member to participate in the Greek God competition, which somewhat mirrors a beauty pageant. Each contestant answers a couple personal questions and then performs a talent of their choice, whether that be singing, dancing, stand-up comedy, jump-roping, juggling, or a combination of all of the above. The audience always gets a couple good laughs, and then the judges decide who is worthy of the title of Greek God/Goddess.

Wednesday: GREEK SING

My FAVORITE part of Greek Week. Greek Sing is a fraternity and sorority wide dance competition (similar to Take It to the Floor, which I wrote about last November!). Each group spends an entire month preparing a six-minute themed dance to perform on stage for the entire FSL community. A LOT of hard work goes into choreographing moves, designing set pieces, making costumes, and perfecting our performances before the big day. It is a really stressful process, but it all pays off when we hit that stage and we hear the crowd cheering for us. My sorority is attempting to defend our first place title from last year. Pressure’s on!

Thursday: Awards Ceremony

Every event of the week is worth points, and the overall winners of the week are announced during this ceremony. Awards are also handed out for certain achievements from the past year, including dedication to philanthropy, brotherhood/sisterhood, and academics as well as the “Chapter of the Year” award.

This week is the highlight of spring semester for anyone involved in fraternity and sorority life at Northeastern, and it is a great way of coming together as a community. Check out #NUGreekWeek on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see what participants are saying about this week’s events.