Every day, Anneke Gustafson’s actions showcase how she chose the most fitting major for her life’s work.
“Anneke’s interests are rooted in volunteerism, social impact and making her community a better place,” says Ariana Roche, academic advisor in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Anneke will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.
During her time at Northeastern, Anneke has exceled both in and out of the classroom. She has been on the Dean’s List multiple semesters and is part of the renowned Honors Program. She has also made a significant impact in the Northeastern community with her participation in the Northeastern Students Against Institutional Discrimination (S.A.I.D.), Northeastern Black Student Association and Sisters in Solidarity. During her freshman year, Anneke organized a talk with Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, which was a great learning experience in logistics and community organizing.
In the Boston community, Anneke has volunteered with Big Sister Boston to help girls develop the confidence required to meet their goals. Additionally, she was a teacher’s aide with Learning Project Elementary School, a volunteer writing coach with Everyday Boston, a college essay editor with 826 Boston, and mentor to an eighth-grade student preparing for high school.
Anneke’s co-ops, research and study abroad program have given her a global perspective on the world and its citizens. While in Barcelona, she was able to use an Honors Early Research Award Grant to study the ethnography of gendered parenting practices in public spaces. Anneke participated in a full-time Events Co-op with the Boston Globe, where she developed a promotional social media outreach and event engagement strategy.
Of her many achievements, Anneke considers the connections she’s made in the greater Boston community to be the most significant. “It has shown me how to create sustainable, meaningful change in communities.”
“Anneke’s talent and commitment to bettering our community and world shines through in everything she does,” Ariana Roche says. She will likely be making an impact on the U.K. next; she plans to attend graduate school in London this fall.
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Anneke’s talent and commitment to bettering our community and world shines through in everything she does.Ariana Roche, academic advisor, COllege of Social sciences and Humanities