- Class: Sophomore
- Major: Biology
- Gender: F
- High School: Marianapolis Preparatory
- Transfer Student: N
Upon telling people I attend NEU, people are always impressed. The co-op program is always brought up. The school is selective, and upon talking with many of my peers, a large number have indicated Northeastern was one of their top choices, but they were not accepted. I like being in such a diverse community, and being locating right in the city is a positive if you enjoy that kind of lifestyle and environment. At the same time, because of our location, its a bit harder to make an keep friends. Northeastern students not only have a lot on their plate, but are always busy doing their own thing in the city. It's hard to run into people, and you rarely have any common ground. At a small school, you're always doing the same thing, going to the same places. Not here. If I could change one thing, it would be the amount of school spirit. The students are here to get set with their careers through co-op, and therefore aren't serious about sports. People talk about possible internships and study abroad opportunities, not the big game on Saturday.
While Northeastern is known for being a competitive school, my experience with other students baffles me. I went to a preparatory school, scored very high on my SATs and graduated with a 3.8 in high school. I expected to be the "dumb one" in all my classes. And yet, when I came to school here, I was surprised that the majority of my classmates barely knew some of the things I learned by my Freshman year of high school. There are a lot of very, very intelligent students who belong at Ivy League schools, but the majority of students have surprised me with their lack of knowledge.
The NUBILAGA group (LGBT student group) has some very entertaining drag shows! The Student Government Association and Council for University Programs are the most popular organizations, and have really great events, ranging from comedy shows to concerts, lectures to cookouts. The only person that would feel out of place at NEU are students who don't like the city, and who prefer small schools. Other than that, there are all sorts of students attending this school, and no one pays any mind to them. There are jocks, artists, frat boys, geeks, people with tons of piercings/tattoos, Taoists, you name it. Everyone is here.
The Best Things
Co-op and the beautiful campus
The Worst Things
All the red tape, known as the NU Shuffle