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Donor Profiles:

Kassi Stein, COE ’14

I continue to support Northeastern because I loved my time as an undergraduate—particularly the co-op program. The year I entered college, the recession was really bad, and the opportunity to gain legitimate work experience in my field while in school was particularly attractive.

Once at Northeastern, I worried whether I had chosen the right major. But after completing my first co-op in chemical engineering, it became apparent that I really enjoyed the field. I loved that engineering forced me to think on my feet, improvise, and problem solve. Additionally, the people I met on co-op heavily influenced my decision to go to grad school. Talking to people who had jobs that I could see myself doing made it clear I needed to pursue a PhD, which is now what I’m doing at MIT.

At Northeastern, I was involved in undergraduate research as a Gordon Scholar at Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems, and was co-founder of the Student Research Engagement Committee, which held workshops about succeeding in research. My two research advisors, Professor Rappaport and Professor Lee-Parsons, were faculty members who had a positive impact on me. Each of them supported me, and helped me achieve a lot more than I initially thought I could as an undergrad. 

My advice to anyone considering attending Northeastern is to make the experience what you want it to be. It’s up to you to take the initiative and go after what you want.