Bouve graduate Oye Owolewa was going to follow his mom, also a Northeastern alum, into an engineering career. But then an interest in medicine and health steered him toward pharmacy as a way to serve others. After winning his first political race by one vote, he now sees politics as another channel to lend a helping hand.
This Sunday, Puerto Ricans will vote to decide the territory’s status—either to remain an unincorporated U.S. territory, become an independent country, or become a full U.S. state. How that vote might go is hard to say, says associate professor Amílcar Barreto, an expert on Puerto Rican politics. “Regardless of the outcome, Congress will likely ignore it,” he predicts.