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My Northwestern Direction

My Northwestern Direction

On Board with STEM

Summer 2019
When tutoring, I realized that the students and I lived different lives. They did not have access to a resourced, tight-knit suburban community as I did, one whose caring adults used city parks and classrooms to provide the extracurricular opportunities that kept my friends and me busy while strengthening our ability to lead, persist, collaborate, problem solve and celebrate others’ successes.

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nichole pinkard
My Northwestern Direction

On Becoming a Teacher — and a Poet

Spring 2019
One of the most transformative experiences I had in the Master of Science in Education program was being asked to develop a personal philosophy of education — what I value most about teaching and learning. When professor Sophie Haroutunian-Gordon read an early draft, she pointed out its strengths but kindly noted how little it showcased my voice.

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faisal mohyuddin
My Northwestern Direction

Medill Professor Was My Guiding Light

Fall 2018
One day during my freshman year, I was sitting in the McCormick Foundation Center during an introductory journalism course where different professors would come in and give us a cursory overview of different sectors in the industry: digital, broadcast television and magazines. But the lecture that day was the one I had been waiting weeks for: radio.

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my northwestern direction antonia cereijido
My Northwestern Direction

All Roads Point to Northwestern

Spring 2018
My academic career trajectory has been like Sheridan Road: lots of twists and turns but eventually ending up in Evanston. I did my undergraduate degree at Loyola, on Sheridan Road in Rogers Park.

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bill savage vert
My Northwestern Direction

Set for Life

Winter 2017
In 2015 I was diagnosed with a giant osteoma in my head. The slow-growing tumor, which was larger than a golf ball, threatened to blind me.

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mnd taylor tashima
My Northwestern Direction

Northwestern Teaches Anything Is Possible

Fall 2017
My 18-year-old self would be shocked to see me writing this — and very relieved. You don’t outgrow Northwestern — it grows with you in unexpected and special ways, if you let it.

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mnd jennifer matsuzawa
My Northwestern Direction

From One Revolution to Another

Summer 2017
As a scientist dedicated to research related to the molecular understanding of childhood leukemia, I am gratified that my scientific journey has brought me to Northwestern. Along my path, I have not only discovered promising ways of treating leukemia, I have also been fortunate to shed significant light on other forms of cancer.

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mnd ali shilatifard
My Northwestern Direction

Partnerships Make Transformation Possible

Winter 2016
Northwestern is an environment in which the power of open-minded partnership and links between fields are promoted at all levels of the University. On a personal level, it means that I have been encouraged to follow my own vision and seek out opportunities for intersection and impact in those areas that are well outside of core computer science.

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mnd kris hammond
My Northwestern Direction

Finding Harmony in Different Voices

Fall 2016
When I reflected on my time at Northwestern, I realized that the undergraduate experience was built on crossing paths. This was a common theme among my fellow students — creative and analytical thinkers who had diverse interests.

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mnd nikita ramanujam
My Northwestern Direction

‘Toxic’ Artist Makes Paint from Sludge

Summer 2016
The old masters painted with pigments derived from a variety of minerals, metals and plant-based dyes. I paint with iron oxide extracted from toxic sludge that seeps out of Appalachian coal mines and pollutes Ohio rivers.

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mnd john sabraw