Chi Sigma Class: Gamma
Major: Business Economics
I was really obsessed with athletics in high school. I wouldn't pay attention in class because I'd be daydreaming about my next soccer game. I wanted to be good at sports more than anything in the world. The problem was, I stopped growing after 8th grade. I went from being pretty athletic to extremely average very quickly, and I never achieved any of the goals I had for myself. For the longest time - even into my freshman year in college - I'd sit around and seethe about how I got cut from varsity soccer, or how my volleyball coach didn't play me enough. Now, it's funny to think about how much I cared. Honestly, I think I was just super insecure and wanted to "prove myself." I wish I could tell high school self that was never going to happen with sports.
Chi Sigma Class: Alpha
Major: Business (Marketing) & Interactive Media
Sometimes I think about what it would be like if I stayed in Biology freshman year instead of switching into design. There’s a lot of stereotypes that just like exist around the creative field, and while I think it’s really developing and people are realizing the value behind really good and competent design, there are still those people that you can’t really reach. When I get really swamped with work and wonder why I’m working so hard for some reason I can’t even put into words, those people’s opinions really get to me, like what I’m doing definitely doesn’t matter. But design can save the world!! It really, truly can. So, I think it’s really important to remind designers that their work is going towards a bigger picture and that they are talented and that they matter.
Brother of the Week: Peter Shireman
Major: Marketing and Minor in East Asian Studies
As someone who grew up in Japan and went to the same school for 13 years with the same friends, having to make the initial adjustment during my freshman year of college was difficult for me. However, joining student organizations like Alpha Kappa Psi and Japanese Student Association have definitely helped support and groom me. I’m not quite an “adult" yet, but I think that the combination of being in student organizations and meeting such interesting people at Northeastern have helped me get closer to what an “adult” is. I think that if freshman year Peter saw how senior year Peter was doing he would be proud.
Chi Sigma Class: Delta (Belinda) / Alpha (Cody)
Major: Belinda- Business (Supply Chain) / Cody- Business (Finance)
Minor: Cody- Business Analytics
Belinda: The plan was to survive a couple winters, graduate quickly, and return to comfortable Irvine in sunny southern California. Instead, I am looking forward to working at a Cambridge-based biotech in May, while staying close to some of my best friends that I've met through Northeastern and AKPsi. It wasn't the original plan but it's better, and I'm excited to call Boston my home.
Cody: Biggest Takeaway: Always be hungry to learn and experience new things. Alpha Kappa Psi pushed me out of my comfort zone as soon as I crossed. I never expected to be inspired by brothers to fly across the world to study abroad, co-found a student organization, or pursue a career in healthcare. This is just the beginning and I am excited for the what’s next to come after graduation!
Chi Sigma Class: Beta
Major: Business (Supply Chain) & Minor: International Affairs
Some of my favorite memories as a child were when I was a competitive USA Junior Olypmpic Gymnast-for 12 years. Gymnastics had such an impact on my life- it taught me great mental strength, to always push my limits to achieve the next goal, the importance of teamwork, and the value of individual success. My mom and sister went to every competition and were my biggest supporters- and they still are. They continue to support me today in everything I do, and they remind me that having your family and a strong support system is the best thing you can ask for. It never goes out of style.
Chi Sigma Class: Alpha
Major: Nicole Business, Deanna Business (Finance and Accounting)
We met during the pledge process of the Alpha Class of Alpha Kappa Psi. I remember I complimented Nicole on her stellar calf muscles and then the rest was history. It’s been so awesome to create such a close friend in AKPsi and support and grow with each other over the years. We have now been roommates for 2 years and will graduate together in May and are both very happy we made the choice to join AKPsi.
Chi Sigma Class: Delta
Major: Business (Finance)
Q: Who has influenced you most in your life?
I’d probably have to say my younger sister. We are two years apart and we view the world quite differently, which has helped me learn that you can love and be close to people who have views that vary from your own. As the oldest, I also strive to be a good example, so I feel she has made me a better person overall. Although I try to be a role model, I think I have learned just as much, if not more from her than she has from me.
Chi Sigma Class: Alpha
Major: Supply Chain Management and Finance
I still remember back in kindergarten, we had a sports day where all the parents were invited. At that age, a race is not more than 50 meters and is virtually meaningless, but I remember my father saying, “You are number 1. With whatever you do, you have to be the best.” …I came second.
Growing up, I had no affinity for sports. However, the completion of the IB Diploma required a physical activity, so I chose running. I could barely run a mile, but when I did, something in me sparked. The feeling of pushing myself to a new goal every time was addicting. I came to Boston and lost that spark for some time, but once I started running again, the emotion was just as the day I completed a mile.
Fast forward to today, completing the Boston Half-Marathon was everything I wanted, and I can’t wait to start training for a full one. Running taught me what perseverance meant and how with it, I can reach my best.
Chi Sigma Class: Charter
Major: Civil Engineering
In my fifth-grade yearbook, I had written that when I grow up, I will be a lawyer in Boston. Fast forward about a decade, I have fulfilled half of that dream. I have been in Boston for almost five years at this point, yet ironically, I’m always thinking about home – NYC. Home is where some of my closest friends and family are, where there is always something to do, where public transit is 24/7, and where there are fresh Asian veges. Coming to Boston has forced me to live a double life, where half of me is connected to my residency and half of me is tied to my roots. With the different cultures and traveling back and forth between the two, I would find myself going from “yo what’s up bro?” dap to “hey how’s it going?” handshake. At first, I would always be excited to go home and catch up on what I’ve been missing out on. But to my dismay, so many things change with time and home starts to feel more like a vacation destination. Slowly, I’ve been feeling more in tune with Boston than where I had spent the prior 12 years of my life. I’ve started to accept that I can’t keep up with both cities and need to live in the present and not where my heart and loyalty lie. A double identity kept me from appreciating all that Boston has to offer, all the amazing people I’ve met, and the valuable experiences I’ve had. Just as dreams change over time, so do we as individuals. Upon graduation, I will be a civil engineer in Boston.