A goal often lost in the academic and educational world in the necessity of a concrete connection between our academic growth and its application to the real world. In my time at Northeastern, I have worked very hard to balance the knowledge I gained in the classroom with experiences that are real and relevant to me. Being interested in business from the very start, a lot of my courses have focused on business and finance, but I was eager to expand my experience and interest beyond the classroom, and so my time at Alidade Incorporated, my co-op work experience, was also very helpful to me. While growing and preparing myself for the professional world, I did not neglect my personal growth either. My experience in the liberal arts helped me appreciate the great literary aspects of Russian culture, and helped me learn to express myself too.
[...] Working at Alidade Incorporated reinforced for me the importance of clear communications skills and the necessity of having a goal and direction in my professional life. I was given broad exposure to many parts of Alidade, allowing me to contemplate, in a real life scenario, how true the preferences I had developed in academia were to the real world. Working at Alidade solidified my determination that the business world was the place for me. It also showed me how important my academic experiences were in the real world, particularly the technical skills I had gained. [...]
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