Northeastern Cultural Life & Honors

At the University Honors Program, we want all our students to find a place to call home.

The undergraduate experience is different for every student, and it is essential to provide spaces for community to form. We work diligently with the Cultural Centers at Northeastern to increase access and visibility of intercultural and community programming for our students, encouraging them towards personal and professional development as they create their networks.

Find out how Honors students jumped right into the cultural life of Northeastern through the individual stories below.

Lin Zhang

Lin Zhang, COE'23

It is normal to feel nervous about being away from home and having to meet new people. I am so lucky to have the Honors program at Northeastern who helped ease my transition into college by hosting several events during Honors Welcome Week before classes started. I have also been able to feel culturally connected on campus by connecting with the Asian American Center and joining the Asian American Students in Action Mentoring Program where I matched with a cohort of students who have helped me think about societal topics and issues surrounding the Asian American community.

Wallid Soukaki

Wallid Soukaki, COE'23

I will admit that adjusting to college life proved to be somewhat challenging for a few reasons. The feeling of being new and not knowing anyone on campus was difficult for me. However, the Honors Program provided many opportunities for me to build meaningful connections through various programs and events. For example, as a first-year student, I joined the Athletics Honors Living Learning Community and as a big Boston sports fan, I was able to make close friends. Together we developed a supportive community.

Maria Cavallaro

Maria Cavallaro, COE'22

When I first began thinking about colleges, Northeastern was definitely near the top of my list. To be honest, the only factors I was personally concerned about was its location and grand student population size. I attended a relatively small high school in the suburbs, so being a part of a student body with 10,000+ people and moving into the city terrified me. However, my nerves were immediately eased upon meeting the Honors Program team and learning about their efforts to make first year students as comfortable and prepared as possible.

Courtney Smith

Courtney Smith, Bouvé'22

As a student of color and a Black woman in particular, to be honest, initially I was slightly nervous about the social connections I would soon make on campus. Connecting and hanging out with other students at campus cookouts, game nights, fashion and talent showcases, and more amazing events held by the many Black Student Organizations at Northeastern have surely facilitated the great relationships and friendships I have made thus far. These engagements have allowed me to develop relationships with a diverse group of relatable peers in a safe space that has welcomed those in Northeastern’s Black community with open arms.