Alex Jarecki, Northeastern University Co-op
I’m 20 years old and originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan. I’m a third year at Northeastern University pursuing a combined degree in Biology and Political Science. I’m also a part of the PlusOne Master’s Program, so I will be graduating in 2023 with an MA in Political Science. In my free time, I enjoy writing, drawing, playing Animal Crossing, and watching baseball. I’m also an editor for the Northeastern University Political Review, which is a student-run website and magazine that publishes articles about anything and everything related to politics. This is my first co-op, and I’m super excited to get started with LBFE! I chose Little Brothers because I really liked the idea of working with a nonprofit. I’m not sure what I want to do with my degree yet, but I want to ensure that whatever I do, I keep the people who are directly impacted in mind. Working for a nonprofit seemed like the perfect opportunity to get some experience working directly with people and learning more about the Boston community. In my time here, I hope to improve my skills in presenting virtually and running meetings, as well as learn more about how nonprofits work and all of the different pieces and roles that keep everything running. I’m excited about the opportunity to connect with so many different people, especially people who probably have incredibly interesting stories to tell! Even virtually, I can’t wait to get started with all of the CitySites and programming that I’ll have the chance to run. The hands-on experience and opportunity to take on an important role in the organization was something that drew me to this position, and I’m incredibly excited to work with LBFE for the next six months!
Sofia Corbett, Northeastern University Co-op
Hello! I am 19 years old and originally from the US, however, I grew up overseas. Currently my family lives in Zurich, Switzerland but I spent my childhood in Malaysia and Oman. In my free time, I love to hang out with my friends and I am currently learning how to paint (which has been a lot of fun).
I am a sophomore at Northeastern University. At school, I have been involved with organizations such as Jumpstart, an early education non-profit, and DREAM, a mentorship program for children from underfunded communities in Boston. As a Northeastern student I have the exciting opportunity of Cooperative Education (co-op), which is a six month period for work experience, this will be my first co-op. I knew I wanted to be in the non-profit sector in a position that allows me to interact and work directly with people. I chose to serve with Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly since it was just that; providing a chance to work in a non-profit environment and experience a different age group than I have previously worked with. Much of my previous work experience is with children, so I am eager to expand my knowledge. My major is International Affairs and Cultural Anthropology, my goal is to have a career that has a positive impact and with a focus in direct care.
During my time at LBFE, I hope to expand my knowledge about how non-profit organizations work and the way LBFE directly impacts the communities it is involved in. As well, grow my office organizational and leadership skills as I take on this role. Furthermore, the fact that this position has been moved online I am excited to learn how the program has adapted and innovated to continue their positive impact. I look forward to meeting and getting to know everyone!