ask a current senior questions

<p>I am a current senior at Northeastern, ask me any questions you may have!</p>

<p>Thanks for doing this and congratulations on nearing the end of your studies. </p>

<p>What program are you in? It will help to know this for future questions.</p>

<p>Question...how was was social life your freshman year? Were there parties to go to? Was it easy to meet new people?</p>

<p>Two questions for anyone who can answer them:</p>

<p>1) How easy is it to double major at NU? I'm currently thinking of doublining in Marine Biology and Environmental Science. I know the marine bio major is brand new, but does anyone have any insight into double majoring? I want to be able to double major without having to take extra classes some semesters. Possible?</p>

<p>2) Whats the possibility of scheduling classes with out having class on Fridays? I have some friends that go to schools where there are virtually no classes on Fridays. Assuming this isn't true at NU, but is there chances of being able to do that?</p>

<p>I'm not a current senior, but I can answer the last question.</p>

<p>Many of the classes at Northeastern operate on either a Monday/Wednesday/Thursday schedule or a Tuesday/Friday schedule.</p>

<p>That being said, it is possible to have no classes on Fridays. By luck of the draw I happened to have no classes on Tuesdays or Fridays last semester. However, I would not recommend it. Because of that I ended up having 5 classes on Wednesdays (due to a once a week class). Having too many classes in one day can be hell at times. Though sometimes it was nice to have two days off a week. It really depends on what you would prefer if the classes you want to take fit into the schedule you have in mind.</p>

<p>Best of luck!</p>

<p>are most people happy being northeastern students?</p>

<p>Aditya1794-
During Freshmen year it was a bit hard to find out where all the parties were. There are a few fraternity houses out in the mission hill area that have fairly large parties. Also, a lot of people go over to the BU area (allston) it is practically an open party in every house over there. You will meet plenty of people to go out with. Bar wise everything is 21, but there is a club out in cambridge that has themed parties for people who are under 21.</p>

<p>Lightasair-
People seem pretty happy at Northeastern, I don't hear about many people transferring out of the school. The best thing about Northeastern is that it is located in a huge city with a bunch of other schools. So many people to choose from, you don't just have to be friends with Northeastern students.</p>

<p>Swimhockey- I don't know a lot about double majoring at Northeastern, but a lot of classes do overlap with each other. For example I am a psychology major, and i have taken a lot of sociology courses for requirements. I have a friend who has taken so many sociology courses that it has turned into her second major. I agree with Incollege15, i also scheduled myself with just M-W-R for a while and it got extremely tiring. I have my first Tuesday-Friday course this semester and I don't mind it, I don't feel as lazy now. I used to be really lazy with my days off!</p>

<p>Totoro66- I am a psychology major, so if anyone has questions about psych let me know!</p>

<p>Do you have any recommendations for an LLC?</p>

<p>Mje1119,
I don't really know much about LLC, my best guess would be to ask someone in the housing department. Living in regular housing for freshmen is a great way to meet people who wont be in your classes.</p>

<p>There is a really good description of each on this page.</p>

<p>Living</a> Learning Communities Admitted Students | Admissions</p>

<p>I think the interdisciplinary and theme based ones are the most interesting.</p>

<p>There is no "regular housing for freshmen". Everyone chooses an LLC now.</p>

<p>im a current intl freshman. I just wanna ask what do u think making friends in NU based on ur past experiences. I find it a little bit hard to get close to classmates and people in student organizations/clubs. There are certainly nice people and i do talk to them but once the group work or activity is over, that's it. Any advice on this matter? Thanks!</p>

<p>@heymorning</p>

<p>That's not a Northeastern problem, it is a New England problem. I am a foreigner also and have lived in New England for a long time. It is something you never get used to. I would suggest getting involved in the international student association, because I am sure there are others who feel the same way with whom you can get involved in activities with. </p>

<p>Here are some articles to prove that I am not making this up.</p>

<p>The</a> Culture of Being Rude | Science & Nature | Smithsonian Magazine</p>

<p>America's</a> Rudest Cities- Page 6 - Articles | Travel + Leisure</p>

<p>I don't think the poster (heymorning) was referring to people being rude.</p>

<p>It is often difficult to get people who are just "class friends" or "club friends" to become friends who you actually hang out with a lot. That is usually why people in your dorm tend to be your closest friends, at least for your first year. The main thing I've found is that EARLY ON you need to find one or two people in your class/club/etc that you seem to click with well. It doesn't have to be a huge struggle or anything, but for instance I tend to pay attention in class (especially tough ones) so I steer clear of people who are clearly there for nap time because I know I won't have much in common with them. </p>

<p>Then it's just a matter of getting the nerve to ask them to hang out. It sounds silly, but it's a big step. Moving a friendship from just class to a study group to always getting coffee before class to getting lunch on the weekend doesn't SOUND like it should be difficult or awkward, but for some reason it usually is. And don't feel like it's only you- it really is most people. </p>

<p>It might feel like you're asking someone out on a date, but you seriously need to just ask someone what they are doing after class or if they want to get lunch sometime or if they've done the homework yet, etc. Chances are, that person is going to be grateful that someone wants to hang out too but they just didn't get the courage to ask.</p>

<p>@neuchimie</p>

<p>That makes sense, especially since a large part of the student body is from out of state. </p>

<p>Still, it is worth taking note not to take it personally when a local brushes you off, or seems overly abrupt. It is just part of the culture. And it is not only foreigners who have a hard time adjusting; people from other parts of the US experience this culture shock also (especially Californians). Just a heads up.</p>

<p>thks a lot, Totoro66 and neuchimie
Yeah i used to take it personally in the first few weeks of 1st sem, thinking that I'm not cool enough or smt like that. i guess i should learn how to ask those nice people out without feeling awkward. thanks for the advice again!</p>

<p>not really a deep or insightful question, but are freshman dorms (or dorms in general) open for spring break? I know freshmen are forced home for winter break while upperclassmen can stay (I think) but what about spring break?</p>