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Alumni Spotlight: Corinne Bowers (’13)

November 29, 2017 / Catherine Nicholas / Blog

How do MLWGS students choose where to apply to college and ultimately where to attend? How do they handle the transition from high school to college? Our youngest alumni have the freshest perspectives on college applications, admissions, and selection.  Corinne Bowers (’13) is a fifth-year senior at Northeastern University.

When Corinne was considering her options for college, she knew wanted a school with a good engineering program in a big city.  She decided on Northeastern when she was offered admission as a University Scholar, which included a full-tuition scholarship.

She is currently a fifth-year senior because of her participation in Northeastern’s co-op program, which encourages students to take six-month breaks from classes to work full-time to gain experience in their fields.  Corinne is majoring in civil engineering with a concentration in structural engineering.  As a result, she has spent a total of 3.5 years in classes and 1.5 years working.  Corinne’s co-ops were with Turner Construction in 2015, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger in 2016, and Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance this past spring.

In addition to her coursework and her work placements, Corinne participated in one of Northeastern’s one-month “dialogues of civilizations” summer study abroad programs the summer after her freshman year.  She studied climate change in India.  “This experience, in addition to being an incredible opportunity to travel to that part of the world, introduced me to the field of resilience on a city-wide scale.  I also became friends with the professor, which allowed me to get into a graduate seminar class with him this semester.”

“Through my undergraduate research I’ve found that I’m really interested in disaster resilience, or how buildings and cities respond to major hazards like hurricanes and earthquakes,” she explains.

Her advice to current Maggie Walker students about college admissions and picking a college?  “Don’t be afraid to be different! It was a little hard freshman year, because Instagram was showing me all of my high school friends having fun at UVA and Tech, but you quickly find your own friends.  Plus, you’ll find a way to maintain the friendships that matter.  Visiting is also an option– I’m still dating another Maggie Walker alumni who went to UVA, so I saw my Charlottesville friends several times during my visits to him.”

As for choosing to attend college out of state, Corinne has found that she doesn’t really mind the distance. “Boston is at the right distance where you can still fly home for a weekend if you really need to,” she explains.  “You obviously meet people from all over no matter where you go to school, but Northeastern has a really high international student population, so I think coming to Boston both exposed me to new cultures while giving me a quintessential New England experience.”

Corinne has made it a point to maintain her friendships from high school.  “I’ve stayed in touch with a solid crew of my high school friends,” she says.  “A dozen of us just reconvened for a Friendsgiving/birthday celebration last week.  We agreed that because we’ve made it this far, we’re pretty much going to be friends for life, and I think that’s a very special relationship to have.”

She is currently applying to graduate school, which she explains is “way worse than applying to college.”  She is interested in PhD programs in structural engineering with a research focus in disaster resilience.  She is looking forward to “Christmas break and being done with applications!”  We wish Corinne the best of luck wherever she ends up next!

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