Kartika Ahire

Three words encapsulate your Northeastern University experience:
Husky Spirit | Global | Collaborative

Graduate school is hard. What are some of the challenges you’ve faced and how have you adapted to meet them?

Balancing studies with life’s demands is a universal experience, but for international students, it can feel like navigating an extra hurdle. I can personally attest to this. The competitive job market presented another challenge. I initially struggled to secure an internship or co-op position, I refused to be discouraged. I actively utilized the university’s career center.

However, I’ve learned to focus on continuous improvement rather than comparing myself to others. Northeastern’s diverse community and global focus have empowered me to capitalize on my unique skills and experiences. Today, I’m not just striving for academic success, but actively seeking ways to contribute to the vibrant tapestry of our university.

Why did you choose Northeastern?

Several factors drew me to Northeastern’s MS in Regulatory Affairs program at CPS. Firstly, the program’s renowned faculty boasts extensive industry experience. Secondly, the curriculum’s focus on both core knowledge and real-world application through case studies.

Navigating the complexities of regulatory science pushed me to continuously learn and adapt. Also the Boston campus, added feather to my cap.

What has your journey here revealed to you about yourself?

If I have to reflect on the journey at Northeastern, I will say that Resilience, Connections, and Adaptability skills helped me understand myself more. I even understood that these are my core strengths. The experience was enriching indeed here.

What advice would you give others like yourself considering higher education?

Where do you see yourself in the future?

Originally, I set my sights on the adrenaline rush of the medical field in India. But life, as it often does, had a different path in store. Landing in a BS in Pharmacy program ignited a passion for meticulous accuracy and technical expertise that lab work just couldn’t match. Leveraging this newfound strength, I knew healthcare was where I belonged. After all, who doesn’t want to contribute to a world where everyone thrives?

In the next five years, I envision myself establishing a successful career in the U.S. This will allow me to gain valuable professional experience and contribute to a dynamic work environment. While I ultimately plan to return to India and settle down, the skills and knowledge acquired here will be invaluable in shaping my future back home.

Beyond professional goals, I see myself fostering a healthy work-life balance. This includes prioritizing time for family and cherishing opportunities to travel and explore new places. These experiences will broaden my perspective and enrich my understanding of the world. Most importantly, I aspire to become a person of kindness and wisdom. I want to be someone who makes sound decisions and uses their skills and knowledge to uplift all members of society.

We are all more than the person who shows up at work or school. Share a bit about some of your other interests and passions.

Boston’s streets have a real charm to them, and I love soaking it all in. When I’m feeling touristy, I enjoy exploring all the must-see sights and landmarks. But Boston has so much more to offer!

Beyond the typical tourist attractions, the city has ignited a newfound love for museums, aquariums, and even the stunning Boston Public Library. Each visit is a unique experience.

When I need an escape from the city buzz, I head for the trails. My inner kid is always thrilled when I go hiking in the Blue Hills or venture further out to Franconia Notch State Park.

Any words of advice for prospective students?

Don’t Just Attend, Ascend!

College isn’t just about lectures and textbooks. It’s a vibrant ecosystem teeming with opportunities to grow. Dive headfirst into clubs and activities that ignite your passions. Be the student who lights up discussions, not the one lingering in the shadows. Actively seek guidance from professors across disciplines – their diverse perspectives are priceless gems waiting to be unearthed. Visit office hours of Professor.

Break Free from the Comfort Cage!

I get it. Familiarity can be comforting, especially when you’re navigating a new environment. But sometimes, the voices in your head whispering “what will they think?” can hold you back. Don’t let that happen! Embrace the diverse tapestry of your classmates – their backgrounds are a wellspring of unique ideas and experiences. Stepping outside your comfort zone is where the magic happens – where you discover new perspectives, hone your voice, and truly ascend to your full potential.