What’s your name, major(s)/minor, and expected graduation?
My name is Harrison Gillman, and I am a third-year psychology major with a criminal justice minor. I am expecting to graduate in May 2024.
What has been your favorite class you’ve taken while at Northeastern?
My favorite class I have taken while at Northeastern was Developmental Psychology with Lisa Lewis during my freshman year. My mom is a Speech Language Pathologist who works with young children, so I was able to discuss different parts of the course with her, which led to stimulating conversations.
How has your Northeastern experience enhanced your future career aspirations?
During my first year at Northeastern, I completed a directed study in the Social Emotions lab. This was my first research experience and helped develop my passion for research. Additionally, my two co-op experiences helped to affirm my interest in pursuing a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
What organizations are you apart of on campus and how have they helped you expand your professional goals?
I am a College of Science ambassador. This leadership position has allowed me to directly help those that are looking to come to Northeastern and need assistance finding their way, or just need a helping hand. Being an ambassador has facilitated expanding my interpersonal skills and gaining more self-confidence. Additionally, I am involved in Greek Life on campus. I am a brother of Alpha Epsilon Pi. My fraternity brothers have been a valuable resource in seeking opportunities and connections in my field of study.
What are your plans for the summer/fall semester?
I am currently on co-op at Boston Medical Center in the Clinical Studies Unit and will be finishing this position at the end of the Summer 1 semester. During the Summer 2 semester, I will be working in the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office in New York. I am very excited for this opportunity to be able to utilize my criminal justice minor in a position for the first time. For the fall semester, I will be back in classes and starting to apply to PhD programs!
What is one piece of advise you would give to new students?
It may seem cliché, but in college you are able to reinvent yourself, while still staying true to who you are. Don’t shy away from any opportunities you are offered since this is a major time of self-development.