Shelby Sih a student from Danbury Connecticut, has led student organizations including Strong Women Strong Girls and Woof Magazine. She has also become a yoga instructor. Coming into Northeastern University, she believed her greatest strengths to be writing and editing, but she has learned through leadership opportunities that she also excels at mentoring and educating others across a variety of platforms: young girls, aspiring journalists, and students seeking growth and development through yoga.

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I’ve done so many things I never would have thought I could do – and realized I was the only one getting in my own way.

— Shelby Sih

Growth Trajectories

Learners engage in a variety of learning opportunities over the course of their educational journey, that advance the growth of their skills and dimensions.

Dimensions
  • Intellectual Agility
  • Global Mindset
  • Social Consciousness & Interpersonal
  • Professional & Personal Effectiveness
  • Well-Being

Opportunity Timeline

Opportunities are mapped to skills and dimensions within the framework. Learners select the opportunities that best match their goals and interests.

Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Public Speaking / Service-Learning class

Shelby’s first class was a Service Learning class tied to Public Speaking, one of her worst fears.


Skills: Persistence/Resilience, Oral Communication, Networking

Year 1
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Yoga class

Shelby first took a yoga class at Northeastern’s Marino Center.


Skills: Mindfulness, Self-Care.

Year 1
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Mentor - Strong Women Strong Girls

Shelby joined the Northeastern chapter of a national organization that empowers disadvantaged girls.


Skills: Intercultural Competency, Advocacy, Interpersonal Communication

Year 2
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Woof Magazine Writer

Woof Magazine recruited Shelby to work as a writer and content creator.


Skills: Written Communication, Organization

Year 2
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
International Relations class

An inspiring course introduced Shelby to global issues and in particular to social inequalities and cultural diversity.


Skills: Intercultural competency, Self-Efficacy/Empowerment

Year 2
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Travel to Hungary and Austria

Because so many Northeastern students travel, Shelby felt compelled to go abroad for the first time.


Skills: Curiosity, Aesthetic Appreciation

Year 2
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Focus Editor - Woof Magazine

Shelby’s first leadership position was as an editor for a glossy, student-run magazine.


Skills: Written Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Coaching/Mentoring, Leadership

Year 2
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Co-op, Root Cause

Root Cause, a nonprofit that supports other nonprofits through trainings and business planning, was Shelby’s first co-op.


Skills: Self-Efficacy, Time-Management, Planning, Organizing

Year 3
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Yoga Teacher-in-Training

Shelby’s most transformational experience during her time at Northeastern was a yoga teacher-in-training course.


Skills: Mindfulness, Self-Care, Reflection, Coaching/Mentoring, Self Efficacy/Confidence

Year 3
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Service-Learning Teaching Assistant, Advocacy Writing

One of her professors selected Shelby as his Teaching Assistant for the Advanced Writing in the Disciplines course.


Skills: Written Communication, Organization, Planning

Year 3
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Social Entrepreneurship class

A course that introduces students to thinking about how business can do good in the world broadened Shelby’s thinking.


Skills: Critical Thinking, Reflection, Intercultural Competency, Metacognition

Year 3
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Co-op, Wilmer Hale

Shelby co-oped at one of the nation’s most prestigious law-firms, helping the organization to connect to nonprofit organizations.


Skills: Leadership, organization, planning

Year 4
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Outreach Coordinator - Strong Women Strong Girls

Through SWSG, Shelby ran Women’s History month, bringing together large groups of people from Northeastern University and its surrounding neighborhoods.


Skills: Leadership, Intercultural Competency, Networking, Inclusive Action

Year 4
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Yoga Teacher

Having studied yoga and having trained to teach it, Shelby led her first classes.


Skills: Leadership, Self-Directed Learning, Self-Efficacy/Confidence, Strategic Thinking

Year 4
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Yoga Retreat in Spain

Shelby traveled by herself for the first time to join a yoga retreat to both learn and teach yoga.


Skills: Intercultural Competency, Mindfulness, Reflection, Help-Seeking, Networking, Self-Directed Learning

Year 4
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Editor-in-Chief - Woof Magazine

Shelby assumed the leadership of Woof Magazine and re-organized processes and responsibilities within the organization.


Skills: Decision-Making, Organization, Planning, Collaboration, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Systems Thinking

Year 4
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Mission / Mentor Developer

Shelby’s second teaching role was as a trainer for the Strong Women Strong Girls campus chapter.


Skills: Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Planning, Leadership, Coaching/Mentoring

Year 4
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Communication Leadership class

A course on leadership required Shelby to create arguments and lead discussions in a manner that simultaneously challenged and included learners.


Skills: Open-Mindedness, Comfort with Ambiguity, Leadership, Inclusive Action, Planning, Self-Directed Learning

Year 4
Dimension Growth
I G C P W
Co-op, Boston Globe

Shelby's final co-op was with The Boston Globe where she worked on improving community relations.


Skills: Leadership, Coaching/Mentoring, Organization

Year 5