My name is Benjamin P. Brady and I'm a Freshman Computer Engineering major at Northeastern University. My obsession is Disney, so if you're like me, we can be friends. If not, I love diversity, so we can still be friends. I enjoy questions almost as much as answers, so ask me anything my future friend.
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May 1st is WHEN!?

Dearest Readers,

If you’re anything like I was a year ago, you may still not have decided where you want to go to college next year. Regardless of where you go though, I feel like sharing just a small number of the things I learned this school year:

-Laundry must be done before the underwear is out. 

-Laundry is not fun.

-Laundry must be done.

-Asking someone to tell you their name even though you’ve probably met them six times in the last four days is OKAY! 

-You do something weird. People will call you out on it. Don’t waste your time worrying about it, they do weird stuff too. (I drink pop and eat chicken wings. Other people drink soda and eat buffalo wings… other people are so weird…)

-Skipping class really is an option.

-Don’t skip class. It’s not worth it. Not even the 8ams.

-You’re probably not going to have the same exact friends the first day for Freshman year as you will the last. That’s good. You’re under no obligation to hang out with people you don’t want to.

-Don’t be afraid to say what you like and don’t like. Chances are, someone else right by you agrees.

-A clean room is a happy room.

-Your roommate is not you. Accept that you’re going to have to compromise. Even if you think there’s nothing you do that bothers your roommate… there is.

-Staying up until 1….3….5am is exhausting, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it.

-Don’t forget to eat every now and then.

-Get involved in something. ANYTHING. College is the chance for a new you. Don’t blow it.

-It’s going to be just fine.

A year ago, I had no idea how I was going to survive college. I couldn’t pick any one thing I was nervous about, the whole thing just seemed like a big change. Well, it is a big change. It’s not always perfect, but if you stay positive, the problems get solved. 

Have any fears about college? Tumblr message me or email me at brady.be@husky.neu.edu and I’ll reassure you there is no need for fear. I’ll probably even have a good story to share.

Until Next Time: Learn, Love, Laugh,

Benjamin. P. Brady

Hi! I'm most likely going to be at Northeastern this fall, but I was really confused about the housing. I know that there are llcs and I was thinking maybe Fusion or Global Frontiers, but there wasn't a lot of information on the website. I also read about the dorms (stetson east/west), and I'm really confused about the whole thing. Could you please help? do we live in the llcs or the dorms?

Alright, so at first I thought this was going to be easy… I was wrong. Once you’re living in it, it makes sense, but I’m putting myself into the mind of someone else and you’re right, it is kind of confusing. 

So let’s start simple, you will be living in a residence hall here at Northeastern as a First Year. It’s the bedroom, the bathroom, the laundry room, the common room, just like anywhere else.

The difference is your neighbors here at Northeastern. Your neighbors your first year aren’t going to just be other NU students, not even just First Year NU students. Rather, your neighbors are part of your Living Learning Community. It sounds like you have an idea on how the LLCs are categorized.

During the Housing process which involves things like clicking that you read all the Terms and Conditions and filling out the roommate survey, you’ll also check which LLC is your top choice, and a couple of alternatives just in case. Then, the school takes the Freshman that picked a certain LLC, and places them into a residence hall together. Sometimes this means there is even more than one LLC in a building. 

So I’ll share how it works for me. On the housing survey I chose the Engineering LLC as my top choice. Then, Northeastern gave me my room assignment within Stetson West. As a result, nearly every single guy in my building is an Engineering Major. There are also two other LLCs within Stetson West. The first is Connections, which is the female Engineering LLC, and the other is the Health Sciences LLC. 

In theory, next year all the Engineering First Years could live in Speare Commons perhaps. Same LLC, different residence hall. The Housing Services must do some funky math to make sure everyone fits in the Freshman residence halls and in their LLCs.

To answer your question directly, you live IN your residence hall and WITH your LLC. 

I hope that helps at least  little bit. If it didn’t, let me know. If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask!

-BPB

It’s Time to Go PRO!

Dearest Readers,

No, I did not recently purchase a fun little camera. Rather, last night, I was elected as the Public Relations Officer for the Northeastern University Resident Student Organization. Or, (if acronyms are your thing) I’m the newly elected PRO of RSA! If you’ve read my previous posts, you may have noticed I’m kiiind of in love with RSA. I decided to run for this newly re-designed role for RSA because I love getting involved with the Northeastern community! I had to make a presentation and answer a LOT of questions during election, but everyone was super supportive… so it was only mostly terrifying instead of totally terrifying. So when you’re here next year, be ready to be hearing a lot about RSA. 

Also, shoutout to Chris Wieland for being my biggest fan!

Have any questions about the student groups you can get involved with here at Northeastern? Tumblr message me or hit me up at my email: brady.be@husky.neu.edu

Until Next Time: Learn-Love-Laugh,

Benjamin P. Brady

Tumbling live from the National Residents Housing Honorary committee! NRHH is a growing and proud group on Northeastern’s campus dedicated to service, scholastics, leadership, and recognition. The most popular event they hosted this year was a huge speakers night with Human’s of New York! I’m also a fan of the recognition they do of students, faculty, staff, and groups on campus. (And I feel really special for being honored as the First Year Student of the Month for February by NRHH!) And as I am writing this now, we JUST elected out President for the 2014-15 school year, Shilpa Taneja! Congrats to Shilpa and good luck to everyone else running this week and next! (And yay for the free food! Especially the garlic bread. Personal favorite right there.)

Tumbling live from the National Residents Housing Honorary committee! NRHH is a growing and proud group on Northeastern’s campus dedicated to service, scholastics, leadership, and recognition. The most popular event they hosted this year was a huge speakers night with Human’s of New York! I’m also a fan of the recognition they do of students, faculty, staff, and groups on campus. (And I feel really special for being honored as the First Year Student of the Month for February by NRHH!) And as I am writing this now, we JUST elected out President for the 2014-15 school year, Shilpa Taneja! Congrats to Shilpa and good luck to everyone else running this week and next! (And yay for the free food! Especially the garlic bread. Personal favorite right there.)

Would you recommend participating in the NUin program? When I was accepted I found out I would have to study abroad my first semester at Northeastern in order to be able to attend in the spring... Do you know anyone who did this program and how hard it was to be a new student in the spring? The idea of studying abroad is amazing but it was completely unexpected! I'm not sure what to think of it...
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The ability to participate in NUin is totally awesome. Some students, even some adults, never get to spend so much time in a foreign land. Most people also don’t get to do it with a large group of peers experiencing it for the first time themselves. I think that it’s a great opportunity to real kick-start this next chapter of your life.

That being said, NUin is NOT for everyone. You asked if I would recommend participating in the program and the answer to that is: I can’t give you an answer. It’s really up to you. If you’re looking for the traditional route your freshman year, then NUin probably isn’t your best bet. However, you applied to Northeastern University and you were accepted. Based on that alone, I would tend to think you’re not the “traditional” college experience person.

Here at Northeastern University, we’re about going after opportunity. Although co-op is not actually a requirement, the vast majority of students participate in the amazing program. Why? Because we want to take on these experiences and grow. Sometimes the opportunities aren’t easy and often times they aren’t even expected. I didn’t think I would be writing a blog about my time here. Didn’t cross my mind once. Yet here I am, doing it, because the opportunity showed up. I understand deciding to spend a semester abroad is a huge commitment and is certainly more impactful than a blog, but the idea still stands.

I can’t say I’ve spent a lot of time with anyone from the NUin program. Those that I do know that participating said it was a really good experience and they didn’t regret the choice at all though. Also, there have been a number of times I’ve been talking to older students that I knew for months when I learned they were NUin. (So I guess I’m not even 100% sure I don’t spend a lot of time with an NUin student.) NUin kids just don’t stick out like a sore thumb here. Especially because so many students are coming and going due to co-op, study abroads, dialogues, or any other reason. We’re used to a dynamic community.

I know I sound like I’m trying to push you to participate but I promise that’s not my goal. I think it comes off that way because I kind of wish I had been able to do the NUin program. Honestly and truly though, it’s up to you. If you’re not comfortable going away for that long first thing after leaving home, don’t do it. You’re the one that has to walk your path, so you should be the one to determine it.

I hope that helped a little bit. If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask me. Also feel free to e-mail me at brady.be@husky.neu.edu and I can find a way to connect you with someone with more experience with the program if that’s what you want.

Wishing you all the best and hope SpringTime weather is headed your way (if you haven’t already gotten it.)

Benjamin P. Brady

P.S. Congratulations on getting into Northeastern! We’re really proud of all our accepted students. Good job being the star I know you are :)

This past weekend I participated in my first ever Relay for Life. If you don’t know, it’s a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and it’s put on by lots of different groups across the nation. Lots of colleges have one every year. I had never been to one before and wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a really fun night that also brought a lot to mind. Remembering those we have all lost and how many more are currently fighting was sad, but it was made better by the wonderful people with us. Listening to others share their stories is truly impactful. This year, Northeastern University raised over $232,000! Which broke records of all kinds. I participated in the event with the NRHH/RSA team and it really was a wonderful experience. I fully expect to be in attendance every year. I’m so proud of what we accomplished as a school and see it as a sign that the future can only be better.

This past weekend I participated in my first ever Relay for Life. If you don’t know, it’s a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and it’s put on by lots of different groups across the nation. Lots of colleges have one every year. I had never been to one before and wasn’t sure what to expect. It was a really fun night that also brought a lot to mind. Remembering those we have all lost and how many more are currently fighting was sad, but it was made better by the wonderful people with us. Listening to others share their stories is truly impactful. This year, Northeastern University raised over $232,000! Which broke records of all kinds. I participated in the event with the NRHH/RSA team and it really was a wonderful experience. I fully expect to be in attendance every year. I’m so proud of what we accomplished as a school and see it as a sign that the future can only be better.

Wahoo For Acceptances!

Just want to say congratulations again to all those accepted to Northeastern University! This school is truly a wonderful place and has become my home these past fews months. Good luck these next few weeks deciding where you want to study.. I know firsthand how difficult it can be. Be proud of your wonderful accomplishments and I look forward to seeing some of you on campus next Fall!

I love having Amazon Prime! I get to watch Doctor Who and Frozen arrives a day early with no shipping charges…

Anyway! I gave my first tour today! I’m officially a Northeastern Tour Guide! Insanity. To think, only yesterday I was just a freshman. Oh wait. I still am. Oh well. It was a good time but extremely nerve-racking to do. Fortunately, I have great support and know it will only get better. So come to Northeastern and maybe I’ll get to show you around!

Catching up a little bit on what’s up with me: I also accepted a Resident’s Assistant position for next year! I’m super excited to get put on programs and have a positive influence on the residential life here at Northeastern.

The work load seems to have skyrocketed this week. I suppose that’s because professors are acutely aware of how soon the end of the semester is arriving. Students are aware to… but our mindset might be a little different. 

Blue sky. White clouds. Green grass. It’s arriving and bits and pieces. I can’t wait for campus to be back in full glory. It’s really beautiful. 

Also, good weather means the people with free stuff are returning to the street corners. I ran from class, to the other side of campus, and back, just to get some free chocolate milk. Worth it. 

What else is going on with me? I finally got the jumping photo from my RSA internal conference. It’s possibly my favorite photo I’m in. Ever.

They added yellow Powerade to the Outtakes, a small shop on campus where you use meal swipes as points for food. I probably overreacted a bit when I saw, but it was awesome. If you’re wondering why I have photos of these random things… So am I.

I recently got an email from a prospective student who was dealing with rejections from college. I myself did not get into every college I applied to. It definitely can make you feel like you’re settling, or the college is settling on you, or any other not-so-great feelings. This is NOT the truth though. Colleges want to accept students they think will fit with their environment. Sometimes you realize there are certain colleges you don’t belong at yourself. Sometimes the college realizes it. Just as there are tons of wonderful schools you didn’t apply to, there are wonderful students that don’t get accepted everywhere. Remember that you are unique and the school you belong at is the one that matches who you are and who you want to be.

Until Next Time: Learn-Love-Laugh,

Benjamin P. Brady

P.S. Happy St. Patrick’s Day from someone whose actually 50% (isn) Irish and whose patron saint is St. Patrick!