MET around Town

Featuring Q&A with MET alumni living and working around Boston.

Select a MET alum to find out what he or she is up to around Boston. Or, submit your answers to our questions for a chance to represent “MET around Town.”

  1. President and Principal Coach, VenatiQuest, Brian Brandt

    Brian Brandt (MET’08)

    BS in Psychology
    President and Principal Coach, VenatiQuest

  2. Program Associate, Community Economic Development Corporation(CEDAC), Christina P. Birkey

    Christina P. Birkey (MET’13)

    Master of Urban Affairs
    Program Associate, Community Economic Development Corporation (CEDAC)

  3. Vice President of Project Management, State Street Bank & Trust

    Steven Lewis (MET'08)

    BS in Management Studies
    Most recently: Vice President of Project Management, State Street Bank & Trust

Brian Brandt

BS in Psychology
President and Principal Coach, VenatiQuest

President and Principal Coach, VenatiQuest, Brian Brandt

What is great about working in Boston?

For my medical recruiting business, it’s a vibrant medical and research community. Also, world-renowned beaches, limitless cultural opportunities, and a vast park system make living here an enriching experience.

What activities do you enjoy the most?

Did I mention the parks? It’s great to be able to rent kayaks, bikes, and canoes—or take a ferry to the Boston Harbor Islands. And Boston is a food lover’s paradise!

Has your BU degree helped you make connections locally?

Absolutely. Whenever I read Metropolitan or Bostonia, I take note of people in various fields. It’s great when a chance arises to connect with one of them, as well as having a roster of fellow Terriers to call upon.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

Ellen Peterson, who advised me at MET, told me that BU was the right fit for me, and she sure was right. As an adult, I wanted top-tier quality—not just a degree, but an experience.

Do you have any advice for MET students?

First, stick with it. Do not look at learning as a chore; it is your hobby now. If you put yourself into your education expecting to get the most out of it, you will enjoy the ride and the end result will be more than just a diploma—you will cherish your experience for a lifetime. Last, but not least, look at the amazing success of MET alumni!

Christina P. Birkey

Master of Urban Affairs
Program Associate, Community Economic Development Corporation(CEDAC)

Program Associate, Community Economic Development Corporation(CEDAC), Christina P. Birkey

What is great about working in Boston?

Public Transportation! I know the “T” can be frustrating at times, but I can read, or close my eyes instead of battling traffic, and I get an incredible view of Boston every morning as the Red Line crosses the bridge between MIT and Charles MGH.

What activities do you enjoy the most?

About once a month, my husband and I invite our old classmates and coworkers over to our tiny apartment for a collaborative dinner, where everyone pitches in. It’s nice to have someone else chop the onions. They make me cry.

Has your BU degree helped you make connections locally?

My BU degree continues to open doors both professionally and socially. I learned about my current job from one of my professors. Whenever I attend events, I always mention that I went to BU. It seems to carry significant street credit, especially in Boston.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

It’s okay to be enthusiastic and have big dreams, but don’t let people write off your passion as naiveté. My father-in-law gave me that advice, and it’s been very helpful.

Do you have any advice for MET students?

Greater Boston is full of networking and professional development opportunities. Whether you are happily employed or a looking for a job, you can always learn and meet new people in your field.

Steven Lewis

BS in Management Studies
Most recently: Vice President of Project Management, State Street Bank & Trust

Vice President of Project Management, State Street Bank & Trust

What is great about working in Boston?

Because Boston boasts some of the best colleges and universities, it maintains a youthfulness and energy that inspires.

What activities do you enjoy the most?

Mountaineering, skiing, hiking, and kayaking. Basically, any outdoor activity that provides some quiet time and physical challenge.

Has your BU degree helped you make connections locally?

In a word, absolutely. Because I completed both my undergraduate degree and my graduate degree part-time at night, alongside other people in a similar circumstance, I created long lasting relationships with other students from different industries and backgrounds. Some of the best, most impactful learning I gained through my studies was from my fellow students.

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

When you think you have been successful at something, keep going—you’re not done yet.

Do you have any advice for MET students?

Engage with your peers. Tap into their collective knowledge and diverse experiences. You will benefit.

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