Here’s another post in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet Weinberg senior Danny Ginzburg.

Q: “What is something you are proud of in you time here at NU?”A: “My senior year, I was one of the co-chairs of Green Cup. It’s something I’m passionate about which is environmental sustainability, both education and action. We were able to save the university thousands of dollars on energy reductions which I think is really cool. It was a fun opportunity for me to manage a large group of people with a shared vision.”Q: “Do you plan on taking anything you’ve learned from that into your future post-graduation life?”A: “That’s a great question. I’ll be essentially doing professional Green Cup starting on Monday, working at a firm called Goby in city. They do energy and sustainability consulting for commercial real estate.”Q: “Do you have one piece of advice for new students?”A: “For anyone who really wants to get the most out of their time both at Northwestern and in Life, from my limited experience, I would say sit yourself down and ask yourself the following questions:1) What makes you unique?2) What makes you happy?3) What is a problem in the world that you want to work to solve?4) Are you currently doing things in your life that make you happy and that solve those problems?And I want you to write down those questions and your answers in a big bold marker and tape them above your desk so you can look at them every single day. And I promise you that if you look at those answers everyday and ask yourself am I doing these things? You’ll find that you will be a happier and more disciplined person and you will be leading a much more meaningful life.”

Photo © 2014 Sean Su

Here’s another post in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet Weinberg senior Danny Ginzburg.

Q: “What is something you are proud of in you time here at NU?”

A: “My senior year, I was one of the co-chairs of Green Cup. It’s something I’m passionate about which is environmental sustainability, both education and action. We were able to save the university thousands of dollars on energy reductions which I think is really cool. It was a fun opportunity for me to manage a large group of people with a shared vision.”

Q: “Do you plan on taking anything you’ve learned from that into your future post-graduation life?”
A: “That’s a great question. I’ll be essentially doing professional Green Cup starting on Monday, working at a firm called Goby in city. They do energy and sustainability consulting for commercial real estate.”

Q: “Do you have one piece of advice for new students?”

A: “For anyone who really wants to get the most out of their time both at Northwestern and in Life, from my limited experience, I would say sit yourself down and ask yourself the following questions:

1) What makes you unique?
2) What makes you happy?
3) What is a problem in the world that you want to work to solve?
4) Are you currently doing things in your life that make you happy and that solve those problems?

And I want you to write down those questions and your answers in a big bold marker and tape them above your desk so you can look at them every single day. And I promise you that if you look at those answers everyday and ask yourself am I doing these things? You’ll find that you will be a happier and more disciplined person and you will be leading a much more meaningful life.”

Photo © 2014 Sean Su

Here’s the second in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet Weinberg senior Mariam Gomaa. Q: “What’s one piece of advice you’d share with others?” A: “Don’t let other people, kind of, put you down or tell you that you can’t do something because I think for me, I’m a Creative Writing and Bio double major, it’s like really weird. And a lot of people told me at the beginning that, you know like, why would you do that? Or, like, you can’t do that, that’s so much. Or they don’t make sense together…I just don’t believe in that. I think that if you really want to do everything, you can. I’m a photographer and a writer, I volunteer… I do a lot of stuff and it’s never taken away from my experience in any way. It’s only made me feel like a more full human being.” © 2014 Photo by Sean Su
Here’s the second in our collaboration with People of NU to feature stories from seniors in the Northwestern Class of 2014. Meet Weinberg senior Mariam Gomaa.

Q: “What’s one piece of advice you’d share with others?”

A: “Don’t let other people, kind of, put you down or tell you that you can’t do something because I think for me, I’m a Creative Writing and Bio double major, it’s like really weird. And a lot of people told me at the beginning that, you know like, why would you do that? Or, like, you can’t do that, that’s so much. Or they don’t make sense together…I just don’t believe in that. I think that if you really want to do everything, you can. I’m a photographer and a writer, I volunteer… I do a lot of stuff and it’s never taken away from my experience in any way. It’s only made me feel like a more full human being.”

© 2014 Photo by Sean Su
Leading up to graduation, we’re partnering with People of NU to feature the unique stories and perspectives of members of the Northwestern Class of 2014. Q: “What was your hardest decision at Northwestern?” A: “Oh man, to change my major and not be able to graduate on time. I switched out of Bienen to McCormick when I was so close to finishing the degree. Like it would’ve almost been a formality to finish there, and a lot of people were pressuring me to do that. For me it was a great decision—well maybe not financially—but in general if you stay longer people kind of see that as a failure. Like it’s pretty rare not to graduate on time and if you don’t it’s probably because of some extenuating circumstances. But I can’t say that, I was just doing one thing and, like, a completely new idea bashed me over the head and I just ran with it.” -Kyle Walcott © 2014 Sean Su

Leading up to graduation, we’re partnering with People of NU to feature the unique stories and perspectives of members of the Northwestern Class of 2014.

Q: “What was your hardest decision at Northwestern?”

A: “Oh man, to change my major and not be able to graduate on time. I switched out of Bienen to McCormick when I was so close to finishing the degree. Like it would’ve almost been a formality to finish there, and a lot of people were pressuring me to do that. For me it was a great decision—well maybe not financially—but in general if you stay longer people kind of see that as a failure. Like it’s pretty rare not to graduate on time and if you don’t it’s probably because of some extenuating circumstances. But I can’t say that, I was just doing one thing and, like, a completely new idea bashed me over the head and I just ran with it.” -Kyle Walcott

© 2014 Sean Su

If your walk down Sheridan Road is a bit more starry-eyed today, that’s because the Northwestern Society of Physics Students spent four hours last night chalking a scale model of the solar system from the Arch to Tech. They also partnered with colleagues in Oxford, who have drawn Proxima Centauri—the nearest star to the sun—on their campus to represent that distance.