NES Scholars: In Their Own Words
Currently, 18 NES Scholars attend colleges and universities throughout New England. Their academic focus, service on and off campus, extracurricular endeavors, and commitment to furthering their opportunities through on-camps and summer employment is as inspiring as their areas of interest are varied.
Qadir, Williams College Class of 2015
"This Spring in addition to completing my major and preparing for life after Williams, I am currently president of The Griffins Society, a men’s organization at Williams dedicated to empowering men through brotherhood, academic excellence, community service, professional and personal development. I am hoping that with this club and my other involvements throughout my time at Williams, I will certainly leave a lasting impact on the Williams College campus. Lastly, I have accepted a full-time job offer in Finance in New York City, at J.P. Morgan in the Investor Services Sales Division, which I will begin immediately upon graduation. I am excited to graduate in June and I look forward to returning to New York City to further my involvement in the New England Society. Thank you for your continuous support and generosity throughout my time at Williams College. It is through your contribution that I have been able to have access to so many great opportunities at an institution like Williams College."
Niamh, Brown University Class of 2016
"Junior year at Brown has been one of the busiest in my career, but I feel extremely fulfilled. My course work is becoming increasingly challenging and applicable to my career interests. I am currently taking courses in the process of child language acquisition,the social context of learning and development, and a graduate seminar in conducting education research. However, the knowledge and experience I am gaining cannot be understated. I have continued working for Let’s Get Ready, a nonprofit organization that provides free SAT preparation and college guidance to low income, first generation high school students. This is my 5th semester working as a site director for this organization and I absolutely love it. The sat volunteers and the high school students I work with are absolutely inspiring. I have also maintained my role as co-chair of Relay For Life. This year, we are hosting our annual 12 hour event on the main green and hope to raise over $30,000 for cancer research and treatment. Additionally, I have been serving as one of the education studies departmental undergraduate group leaders. Our role on campus is to host events to inform undergraduate students about faculty research, degree requirements, and internships and jobs in the field. Our biggest event in the Spring semester is “Degree Day”, where we invite alumni from Brown to discuss their career trajectories and their studies at Brown. As always, I greatly appreciate your continued support."
Alexandra, Brown University Class of 2016
"Last semester, I studied abroad in Barcelona and had an amazing time. I took this opportunity to immerse myself in the Spanish culture and travel to other places near by, such as the Czech Republic, Portugal, and Morocco. I took my classes in Spanish and Catalan in the areas of history, art history, and sociology. This semester I am back at Brown, taking classes for my double concentration of International Relations and Economics, such as Geopolitics of Oil and Energy, Health Economics, Globalization and Social Conflict, and Health, Hunger, and Household in Developing Countries. Aside from classes, I have taken on a few leadership roles. I am the co-president of the International Relations Undergraduate Group, which holds events on campus and advises undergraduate students interested in IR, and I am the Business Director for the Brown Political Review, a non partisan political magazine on campus. I am also still a refugee youth tutor for a 5th grade Iraqi refugee, a Brown University Information Sessions Leader, a Welcome Center Specialist at Brown's fitness center, and a Financial Coach for low income families at Capital Good Fund, a non-profit in downtown Providence. This summer I will be working at PricewaterhouseCoopers as a management consulting intern in New York City."
Max, Harvard University Class of 2017
"I had a great fall semester! I took a couple of difficult classes in microeconomics and probability theory, but felt that I gained a lot from this more difficult coursework. I also became involved in an extracurricular activity called Fed Challenge, which is a sort of 'competitive economics' activity in which a team of five students devises a policy proposal for the Federal Open Market Committee of the Federal Reserve. As a member of the team, I read dozens of academic papers on topics related to monetary policy, macroeconomics, and the labor market. The activity was
fun and useful given my own interest in public policy. This semester, I am continuing with the coursework for my concentration (major) in economics, and I'm additionally taking a legal philosophy class. I've just begun doing research with an economist at the Harvard Society of Fellows, so I should have more updates on this soon!"
Tysha, Mount Holyoke College Class of 2017
"My fall semester was great. I began my job as a Diversity Outreach Fellow for my school’s Admissions Office which I have been loving! I also joined a dance group called Afrik Chic which is an African, Caribbean, hip hop fusion. The highlight of my fall semester was defiantly getting to work with/observe a Pre-K class for my educational Psychology class. It was nice to see theories learned in class implemented in an everyday day real life setting. This semester I became the social chair on the board of an organization on campus called The Association of Pan-African Unity. I also recently became a teaching assistant for the class psych-statistics which I took last semester. I am currently taking psychology of racism, African American literature II, cognitive psychology and intro to philosophy. I also officially declared as a psychology major and I am hoping to do a Nexus minor in Law and Human Rights."