Alumni Stories

Diana De Ojeda

From Paraguay to the Boston Ballet and Back: A Soloist Prepares for Life After Dancing

Diana De Ojeda started taking ballet when she was a toddler in Asunción, Paraguay. She accompanied her aunt to and from her cousin’s ballet lessons. One day, she, 3 years old at the time, asked if she could join.

“And I never left,” she said, with a wide smile.


Phil McTigue in a warzone

From War Zones to the Classroom

In Kosovo, Phil McTigue shielded lawyers and judges conducting war crime trials and helped military units scoop up war criminals. In Iraq, he aided an intelligence task force in its search for weapons of mass destruction. And in Afghanistan, he flew around in Russian helicopters raiding Taliban-run opium farms.


Megan Doe

Global Studies Alumna Wins Fulbright

Nine Northeastern students including Megan Doe, a recent graduate of the Master’s in Global Studies and International Relations, have been named Fulbright Scholars. Doe, who is pursuing a master’s degree in global studies and international relations, will teach English in Germany with her Fulbright. “I believe language and cultural exchange are critical to creating mutual respect between people of diverse backgrounds,” she wrote in her application.


UN Volunteers

Four Countries. Four Students. One United Nations Summit to Promote Gender Equality

For four Northeastern students, volunteering at a United Nations commission is more than just a course assignment; it’s a chance to represent their countries on the world stage.

Barbara Alcena, Movlan Aliyev, Aislinn Mangan, and Juan Ning, graduate students in Dr. Tatjana Kobb’s public diplomacy class, are volunteering at the 63rd annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women at U.N. headquarters in New York City through March 22.


Group of people after receiving a grant

New $4.4M National Science Foundation Grant Supports Minorities in Fast-Track Biotechnology Program

A program developed by Northeastern and Middlesex Community College to offer students a fast track to earning associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in biotechnology and preparing for careers in life sciences has received a $4.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation.


Matthew Cardona

How to Find Mayan Ruins While Sitting at Your Laptop

In the summer of 2014, Matthew Cardona was standing in a shed near his father’s childhood home in Guatemala. The walls were lined with boxes and buckets filled with recently unearthed Mayan artifacts. He was shown intricate pottery and obsidian masks and knives. The items were being packed up and moved off site.

“I was kind of nervous,” Cardona said. “I never knew where they got it from, but I knew it came from the surrounding valley.”