Harshal Randad

Three words encapsulate your Northeastern University experience:
Transformative | Empowering | Diverse

What were some of the reasons you chose to attend Northeastern? What have been some of the opportunities and challenges you have experienced?

Northeastern University stood out to me for its exceptional course structure and Co-op program, which were among the many factors influencing my decision to attend. The vibrant Indian student community at Northeastern made me feel at home, further enriching my experience.

Balancing time management and networking as an international student presented notable challenges. I firmly believe in the symbiotic relationship between these aspects and actively addressed them during my time at CPS. Engaging with the diverse student body and various organizations provided valuable opportunities for involvement. As Head of Events at NU Sanskriti, I led initiatives within the community. Additionally, my role as an Event Assistant at the University Advancement Department allowed me to further develop my skills. Through effective task prioritization, I successfully managed my responsibilities, benefiting from the abundant resources available at Northeastern University.

What has your journey at Northeastern University revelated to you about yourself?

My journey at Northeastern University has revealed several insights about myself. First, I’ve discovered a heightened sense of adaptability and resilience, navigating new environments and challenges as an international student. I’ve learned to embrace uncertainty and thrive in diverse settings, fostering a greater sense of independence and self-reliance.

Furthermore, my experiences at Northeastern have reinforced the importance of effective communication and collaboration. Engaging with a diverse student body and participating in various organizations have honed my interpersonal skills, allowing me to build meaningful connections and work effectively in team settings.

My time at Northeastern has underscored the significance of perseverance and continuous self-improvement. I’ve encountered obstacles and setbacks along the way, but I’ve learned to approach them with determination and a growth mindset, striving to overcome challenges and achieve my goals.

What advice do you have for others considering higher education — either at Northeastern or elsewhere?

What interested you in the degree you pursued?

I completed my Master of Science in Project Management with a concentration in Agile. Drawing from my four years of experience in the IT industry, I progressively gravitated towards project and team management. Recognizing my aptitude for this field, I decided to elevate my skills to an advanced level, capitalizing on my strengths.

What are you hoping to do after you graduate? Where do you imagine yourself 5 years from now?

I’m looking forward to applying the skills and experience I gained at Northeastern as I join Convergint Technologies as a Project Coordinator. But this is just the start of many achievements I’m looking to gain in the future where I see myself heading a global and diverse portfolio department and of course to relate to Northeastern as a proud Husky alumnus. I want to keep helping other students like me.

We know you are more than the person who shows up at Northeastern — what are some of your hobbies and other passions? Where do you find your joy?

I enjoy dedicating time to daily gym sessions, prioritizing my physical well-being amidst other responsibilities. One of my passions lies in aiding individuals who seek assistance, whether it’s securing part-time campus employment or overcoming challenges. Over the past two years at Northeastern University, I’ve taken on active roles in organizing various events such as Giving Day, Fall Fest, and Commencement.

My leadership position at NU Sanskriti has allowed me to spearhead cultural celebrations like Deepavali and Holi. I find immense joy in the company of my loved ones, cherishing quality moments together regardless of the setting or circumstance.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I have read somewhere that most people fail NOT because they set goals that are too high and that they don’t accomplish them. But rather they set goals that are too low, and then they accomplish those. Most people end up leaving potential on the table because they don’t set goals that are ambitious enough. We shouldn’t shy away from big goals because we are afraid of failure. We need to let our school experiences be a reminder that in pursuit of these dreams, it’s okay to fail, and it’s okay to struggle because it is this dark moment that gives us the fuel to do great things.