Posted 2 months ago

Co-op Updates: My 5 Reflections on Life during Co-op

1. Working 40 hours a week is very hard. End of story. My mom recently remarked about how you spend your nights preparing for work the next day, and you don’t exactly have “free time”. Sure my Netflix time has taken a serious hit, but the ability to wake up and actually contribute to a serious project is absolutely worth it.

2. When you work in big data (see the big data Wikipedia page if you want to learn about it) like I do, you can be one of two things: “done”, and “not done”. Although “not done” takes up about 99.7% of your time, don’t let that deter you. When you finally are done, you can say amazing things like “I know the neural network structure of this mouse”, or “I know exactly (approximately) how many brain cells this zebra fish has. So don’t let the amount of data get to you, and take it one step at a time.

3. There are a many people who work in Boston, and most of them commute. I’ve learned that you need to take advantage of your commuting time, by reading a book or something cool like writing a Tumblr blog for Northeastern.

4. In the real world, you need to keep yourself motivated. My boss isn’t breathing down my neck making sure I’m doing everything along the way and its up to me to make sure I am doing everything. Its like if a professor was teaching a class but then also had to do the homework and the projects for it at the same time, bosses have work too.

5. Its so easy to get fast food for lunch everyday. Last week began the battle of fast food vs. my will power. My advice is to not let fast food win.

Posted 2 months ago


So the time has finally come, my new cooperative education (co-op) job starts on Monday. My life is about to become all about electron microscopic reconstruction, which is either really fascinating or really boring depending on your interests. Anyways my job will be to help construct a 3D model of a neural network, and that’s dome by looking at EM pictures and tracing through the neurons. It can be likened to making a roadmap, where I go through and trace the pathways of the dendrites and axons, label all the connections, and annotate the synapses.

The best part of this is that I’m not sure if I’ll love it or not, and that’s perfectly okay. The point of co-op is discovering your interests, and getting out there and actually trying real jobs in your field. Who knows, maybe I’ll spend the rest of my life reconstructing neural networks. And that’s really the mindset you need going into this awesome thing we call co-op. Have an open mind, be adaptable and ready for anything, and learn! That’s the most important part, sure its rough working 40 hours a week, but it teaches you things you’d never ever learn in the classroom. And that, my friends, is exactly why Northeastern is the up and coming school that it is. Because co-op, and more generally experiential learning, is one of the cornerstones of our learning process, and I am incredibly excited to take part in that venture.

If you’re looking for more firsthand info on co-op, go to the Northeastern website, ask any of the bloggers directly, or search #iheartcoop on twitter, and you can see how everyone cant get enough of this program.

Posted 2 months ago
I was recently admitted to NEU and I was just wondering about the social life on campus! I originally wanted a smaller school so i could be a part of a smaller community where people knew each other, im wondering if you still get that sense of community at a little larger school like Northeastern? Also, I am pretty worried about having time to fit everything in with classes and activities and such. How is the academic rigor at northeastern, does it allow time for a social life and to get out?
craolyn asked

My impression of a college students’ life has been this: You can do whatever you want. Now let me explain. 

At Northeastern, because we are a bigger school, there is literally no way you’ll know everybody, there’s no chance that you’ll meet everyone, and you can’t possibly be involved with everything. That being said, as you move through, you join clubs, you meet people in your classes, and you form friend groups that all have at least one kind of common interest together. In that way, there is absolutely a huge sense of community at Northeastern, and it’s extremely easy to be involved with these groups. You can join whatever you’d like, and the good thing about being at such a large school is that we have over 330 clubs, so you’ll absolutely find something you do like. 

As for academic rigor—yes the courses are tough. It’s college, classes are pretty hard, and there’s a lot of studying and school work that needs to be done. However, the key is to find some balance between studying and other activities. Sure you could stay in every night and studying for the next test, but do you need to? Well that’s kind of your decision, in a way it’s a lot of what being at college is really about. As for me, I’ve never had school work interfere with social events or clubs or activities or anything, so coming from my perspective, you should be able to fit everything in. Put it this way, if you don’t have time to do everything you want to do, then change it! That’s what being away at college is all about. 

Posted 5 months ago


Y’all - Snoop Dogg was at Northeastern for Springfest last night! He posted this photo on Instagram. Why did I graduate a year early?!

Luckily, I saw him when I was in London on Dialogue at a concert/festival soooo I can’t be too mad.

This is my favorite picture probably ever.

Posted 5 months ago

The Top 8 Things You Secretly Really Need for College

8. Power strips: You should literally buy 4 of these; they are basically gold in college residence halls. You can never have enough power outlets (see #4).

7. Headphones: Buy a decent pair of headphones! You will use them all the time, especially when studying and they can help block out all those “distractions” around you.

6. Northeastern gear: This applies to any school you go to—definitely check out the bookstore for a lot of apparel before the first day of classes. You really shouldn’t be wearing any of your old high school sweatshirts—it’s a little bit immature. If you are going to Northeastern you should make sure that winter hats, gloves, and jackets are also on this list as it gets a little bit cold up here in Boston. 

5. Brita filter: Some may not see the need for this. But trust me, it’s worth it to be able to store filtered water in your tiny micro-fridge instead of going to the bathroom every time. Also get a good reusable water bottle to put said water in.  

4. Phone chargers: Similar to #10, you can never have too many phone chargers, and they are also like gold in college residence halls.

3. Netflix account: This should be obvious. Being able to binge watch a random TV show from the BBC? Sign me up! (p.s. I’m talking about The Inbetweeners, watch it)

2. A powerful laptop: It doesn’t necessarily have to be able to code and render a new 3D video game, but just consider the massive amounts of Netflix and torrenting you will be doing in the coming 4-5 years and buy accordingly. You’ll spend a ton of time on your laptop, whether it be doing homework or de-stressing (Netflix), so make sure your laptop can handle it.

1. An open mind: Yeah sorry everybody, I went the corny route to top this list (deal with it). But honestly this is one of the most important things when you’re just starting out college. Be ready to meet new types of people that you’ve never seen before, be prepared for all of the new things and chances you’re going to get in the coming years, and realize that no matter what actually ends up happening in college, it’s still a part of your life that you’ll look back and remember fondly.

Cue the corny Titanic gif:



Posted 5 months ago

Why should YOU come to Northeastern??

Well frankly, there are lots of reasons. However instead of give you the same ones you could find on Northeastern Admissions, I’ll give you some of Northeastern’s best facts and stats:

  • Almost 50,000 applicants this year, that means if you got in, you are a fantastic student
  • Nearly 3000 co-op employers around the world, meaning that there are opportunities in everything
  • Who pioneered the co-op program, making it’s program unique and “better” than any other school who has tried to emulate it? That’s right, Northeastern.
  • Wonder where the first World Series was played? Right again, Northeastern campus.  
  • Where is the only Taco Bell in the city of Boston?? Oh of course, Northeastern Curry Student center. (Note: If you feel inclined to Google this, our location isn’t even listed on the Taco Bell website, but trust me, we have it.)
  • Where is the largest academic library in the city of Boston? Um, that’d be Northeastern.
  • Where could I find the greenest college campus in the country, along with the first college dedicated to computer science, as well as the a campus that has done over 1,000,000 hours of community service since 2006, along with a university crew team that participates in the largest Regatta in the world, and also $98,000,000 worth of research funding into 46 different research centers around the globe, all encapsulated in the GREATEST college city in the country???? NORTHEASTERN! (Seeing a pattern here?)

The point is, Northeastern has a lot of things going for it. However, don’t let the stats alone make the decision for you—check out some of the other student blogs and you can see the amazing community that this school has built around each and every one of its members.

Also, don’t want to forget this fact:

  • Where can you find arguably the most adorable and playful (yet fierce) mascot in the entire country? Why Northeastern’s King Husky of course.

P.S. I’ve actually met him, he is in fact adorable, playful, and fierce, and also furry.

Posted 6 months ago


Obviously, congratulations to any and all new NU Huskies! You’ll be a great part of our family (that’s why you were picked). First things first….what clubs do you want to join??? 

If you haven’t heard, we have a LOT, like 350 a LOT. So definitely join something, we also have a lot of really great club sports which include (shameless plug)….

The Northeastern SKI TEAM! Yes the ski team (club sport team) is back and better than ever after missing last year. However, that did not deter them and they made it all the way to Nationals, where women’s team finished 10th overall and the men’s finished 9th overall. 

Link to their website

Posted 6 months ago

Northeastern ranked America

So this isn’t exactly “news” in terms of the timing, but it’s still an incredibly impressive achievement. Although it probably is not on the forefront of everybody’s minds, being green is a very admirable cause, and something that will be very important in the next coming century. So check it out, just another reason why Northeastern is the best!

Posted 7 months ago

Snow falls differently on the nanoscale

Have you ever what snow looks like on the nanoscale? Even if you haven’t, check out this really cool article about Professor Huang.