Kristin Chan

Three words encapsulate your Northeastern University experience:
Experiential | Challenging | Rewarding

Balancing school and work can be a huge challenge. How have you navigated that?

Obtaining my master’s degree while working full time is a big commitment that challenged my mental toughness, time management, and work-life balance. Taking two+ courses while working full time has proven to be incredibly difficult, especially coming home from a day at work mentally exhausted. In many ways, this degree was something I felt like we had to do to advance my career. With that mindset, I felt like I had to finish what I started to become a more competitive candidate in the field. But when I take a step back and think about what I get to do, I’m reminded of the immense privilege it is to learn and to experience.

Staying motivated and focused amidst life’s distractions can be tough, but the support and encouragement I received from both my peers and professors made the journey so rewarding. With the help of friends and colleagues, I was able to set achievable goals, break tasks into smaller steps, and celebrate the small wins along the way.

What insights have you gained during your time at Northeastern?

Communities have the power to bring about positive change. Whether it’s addressing social issues, celebrating diversity and cultural heritage, or providing access to resources, the people I’ve met at Northeastern are inspiring change-makers. This experience has shown me how community building and participation can lead to stronger, more vibrant societies where individuals thrive and flourish.

WAny advice for others considering a graduate degree?

You’ll never regret gaining more experience and knowledge. Embrace each task with gratitude, knowing that it’s an opportunity, and I assure you that the work is worth it. It’s an immense privilege to be able to share your unique experiences and knowledge to change the world … What are you waiting for?

Beyond school and work, what do you enjoy in life?

My biggest pride and joy is being an auntie to my one-year-old nephew, who I refer to as my “broke bestie.” I recently became the Program Coordinator for the Asian Faculty and Staff Steering Committee at Northeastern, which is an affinity group aimed to empower, connect, and build relationships across campus.

I’m also a part of the alumni board for my alma mater, Elon University, and am responsible for programming events throughout the year for alumni in the Boston area to connect, network, and support the community. Over the last few months, I’ve been training for my first half-marathon, which I’ll be running with my ultra-marathoner mom. Hopefully I can keep up with her throughout the race!