"In August of last year, all of my friends from home were packing up and shipping off to schools all over the country, and I knew I was the only one stuck home until September. I was losing my mind; I had been ready for weeks and had absolutely nothing to do. I was dreading the day that my friends left me. One afternoon, after I had gone through almost all of the movies on On Demand, I decided to browse the NU website. When I came across the NUServes information page, I saw the phrase, “Come to school a week early”, and I was hooked.
I was concerned that since only 50 kids participate, I wouldn’t click with anyone right away, and then I would be even more alone than I was at home. What if only weird kids want to come to school early? I was also worried that you were supposed to have a major that had to do with community service, and I came in as a Journalism major. Despite all of my concerns, I decided to try it anyway – if the program was awful, at least I would be helping the community! I filled out the application and waited.
After some time, I accepted my offer of admission. My parents took me to Boston at the end of August, and I began the program that evening. I met my team leaders – three amazingly hilarious kids, not much older than me, who made me feel comfortable almost immediately. I was definitely nervous when given the opportunity to meet my group; at first we all just stood awkwardly and chatted about our majors and what dorms we were living in. However, my NUServes group was, and continues to be, a collection of some of my favorite people on the planet.
We spent the week constantly laughing. We went to work at Cradles to Crayons and danced the entire time – it made the shifts go by so quickly, and it was the most fun I’d had in weeks. We spent our time at the Boston Food Bank singing and goofing around, and we were done in what seemed like five minutes. It was the best feeling to know that we were making huge progress at these non-profits, and also becoming best friends. We invented games to play everywhere we went, and we spent all of our free time together as well. The best part was, I was acting like myself the entire time. Needless to say, I loved my new family.
In case you were wondering, yes, I am still very close with my NUServes friends. We have a lot of classes together, which is so great, and my leaders have kept in constant contact with me since the Fall. It’s fun to have inside jokes to shout at people across campus – being able to recognize that many faces as a freshman made Northeastern seem so much warmer and smaller.
Despite making my transition to college significantly easier, NUServes also inspired me to make a lot of changes in my life. I changed my major to Human Services because of how touched I was by the seminars and lectures, and I joined a sorority to continue my community service with a fun group of people. I also became an NUServes team leader (as did more than half of my group!) because I want to be a part of it all over again.
If you’re even considering applying to NUServes, please do it. It is so well-organized, so beneficial to our community, and so unbelievably fun. I met some of my best friends through this program, and I couldn’t have dreamt of a better way to kick-start my college career. NUServes is definitely one of my favorite parts about Northeastern, and I guarantee that if you join, it will be one of your favorite parts as well. “-Kelliann Dietel, nuServes Volunteer 2011-2012