Suzanne Kim is a Human Services major who has focused on improving communities and neighborhoods through Service-Learning and connecting diverse groups of people. Having been introduced to the growth mindset concept during a cooperative education course, and because of her starring role in NU & Improv’d, Suzie created NU GRIT (Growth & Resilience through Improv Training), a student organization that brings together diverse groups of people and enables them to break down barriers through laughter and sharing a common experience.

Banner Suzanne Kim

It’s as if I was hazily drifting down a river, then I awoke to discover that I was rockin’ the perfect tan. And now that I’m awake, I am shaping the river.

— Suzanne Kim

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
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Public Speaking/Service-Learning class

During Suzie’s first semester at Northeastern, she was introduced to Service-Learning through a Public Speaking course


Skills: Oral Communication, Self-Efficacy/Confidence, Civic-Mindedness,

Year 1
Dimension Growth
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American Sign Language class

A sign language class introduced Suzie to perspective taking, and a better understanding of inequality


Skills: Empathy, Nonverbal Communication, Humility

Year 1
Dimension Growth
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Human Services/Service Learning class

A second Service-Learning class required Suzie to broaden her awareness of social issues.


Skills: Calculated Risk Taking, Collaboration/ Teamwork, Written Communication, Coaching/Mentoring.

Year 2
Dimension Growth
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Deaf-Blind Contact Center, community service

Work at this center propelled Suzie towards a more global engagement with the community.


Skills: Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Competency

Year 2
Dimension Growth
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NU & Improv’d Player

Suzie auditioned and was selected for NU & Improv’d, Northeastern University’s premier improv troupe.


Skills: Creative Thinking, Collaboration/Teamwork, Oral Communication, Nonverbal Communication

Year 2
Dimension Growth
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Service-Learning Teaching Assistant

One of Suzie’s teachers selected her to become a teaching assistant for a course that introduced students from around the world to American culture.


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

Year 2
Dimension Growth
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Cooperative Education class

Suzie’s Coop class introduced her to the “Growth Mindset” concept and changed the trajectory of her life.


Skills: Mindfulness, Time Management, Responsibility

Year 2
Dimension Growth
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Co-op, Center of Community Service

Suzie was a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant Team Leader and coached the TAs to develop their skills.


Skills: Reflection, Collaboration/Teamwork, Leadership, Presentation Skills, Networking, Negotiation, Organization

Year 3
Dimension Growth
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Founder and President of NU GRIT

Following through on her coop class and her work in NU & Improv’d Suzie founded NU GRIT (Growth & Resilience through Improv Training)


Skills: Consultation skills, Organization, Time Management, Leadership

Year 4
Dimension Growth
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Team Manager, Center of Community Service

Suzie was a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant for an Advanced Writing in the Disciplines for the Sciences class.


Skills: Teamwork, Coaching/Mentoring, Leadership, Self-Awareness, Time Management

Year 4
Dimension Growth
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Communication Leadership Class

An experimental course prompted Suzie to plan and execute classes that tested NU GRIT exercises that would soon be applied to the community.


Skills: Self-Directed Learning, Metacognition, Reflection, Coaching/Mentoring

Year 4
Dimension Growth
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Martin Luther King Day Workshop

NU Grit rolled out as an organization by bringing an incredibly diverse group of almost 100 people together to talk deeply about race, sexuality, gender, and class.


Skills: Intercultural Competence, Interpersonal Communication, Oral Communication, Creative Thinking, Strategic Thinking, Inclusive Action

Year 5
Dimension Growth
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Co-op, Northeastern Crossing

In addition to organizing a new student group, Suzie helped to organize a new initiative to bring together members of the Northeastern community and residents of the wider community in which Northeastern is nested.


Skills: Organization, Self-Efficacy/Confidence, Planning, Collaboration, Autonomy/Independence, Self-Care, Comfort with Ambiguity

Year 5