Updated: Feb 5
What’s up everyone, my name is Sebastien Chenin, and I am currently a second year student at Northeastern University, pursuing a PharmD degree with a minor in Human Communications. My mother is Syrian and my father is French, but I grew up in Houston, TX, where I went to an international school to study in French.
I played soccer, ran track & field, and was about to join lacrosse but decided against it when I broke my front tooth just messing around with some friends on the field. On the academic side, I was always interested in sciences and really spent my time researching what major I wanted to pursue in college. I would literally go through the courses and curriculums for every degree program I could find. I realized I kept coming back to health sciences and its related fields such as nursing and pharmacy. After setting up a couple meetings, talking to some students, and researching the different paths, I concluded that pharmacy was the right track for me. It provides the specialized scientific knowledge that I want to learn but also allows for interactive work with other healthcare professionals and patients alike.
One really exciting thing that I am doing at Northeastern is beginning the application process for my first co-op experience, which will be this summer. I am hoping to work in an institutional setting, ideally a hospital, and work in a unique department like emergency medicine or oncology, where I can delve into the specializations that pharmacists can pursue.
The main reason I want to share my story with you guys is because I was in your position only recently and can vividly recall my entire experience. On one hand, I was excited to leave Houston and go to Boston for college, where not only the weather would be different but also the people, the culture, and life as a whole. On the other hand, I was scared there would not be the same diversity I experienced at my international school or I would not get the chance to meet people from around the world and learn from their stories and pasts. I also did not want to lose my connection to my parents’ culture and feared I might not get any exposure to French or middle eastern people at Northeastern.
I am writing this to you to let you know that I was pleasantly surprised. Northeastern was a lot more diverse than I expected. I have gotten to meet people from all over the world, which to me is a way of learning in itself. I have been able to speak French to so many people and actually tutor students in French as a work-study. I pick up new Arabic sayings from friends all the time and feel a sense of comfort in the fact that I am surrounded by people that had the same fears going into college.
We were all scared or nervous at some point and quickly came to realize that we, as an entire community, were forming a sort of safety net where we all just kind of looked out for one another. I understand that an international setting might not be a concern for everyone, but I can promise that it is a benefit to anyone. Whether seeking it out or not, Northeastern’s international community welcomes anyone seamlessly and helps them grow as a person just through conversation and experience.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this. I really hope this provides you guys with a better understanding of the school and a deeper look into the community in order to help you make your future decisions. Feel free to email me (chenin.s@n
ortheastern.edu) with any questions about the school or my experience in particular. At the end of the day, I am really here to help you make your decisions and if there is anything else I can do to help just let me know!