Boston-area Wildcats: Share photos and tell us how you show your Purple Pride in Boston using the hashtags #BOSPurplePride and #NUWeWill.


In honor of this week’s celebration of #BOSPurplePride, today’s Wildcat of the Week spotlight features Boston-area alumni Merrie Aaron ’11 and Michael Gebhardt ’11.


Merrie and Michael met on the first night of Wildcat Welcome, but they didn’t become friends until junior year when their involvement in Hillel and Mayfest brought them together to bring Regina Spektor to Dillo Day. They started dating at the end of senior year and will be married this August.


Since graduating four years ago, both Merrie and Michael have continued their involvement with Northwestern. The two serve on the Boston NULC Regional Board, interview for the Alumni Admissions Council, host Dinner with 12 Strangers, and volunteer as Giving Tuesday Ambassadors.


“The four years we each spent at Northwestern had such a big impact on our lives, from the friends we made to the communities we got involved in,” Merrie says. “After graduation and the chance to reflect on our positive experience at NU, we sought out opportunities to remain involved with Northwestern.”


“Our engagement in the Northwestern alumni community really stems from how thankful we are for the opportunities that were afforded to us as students,” says Michael.


Merrie and Michael also serve as Boston-area volunteers for We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern.


“We are thrilled to participate in the hope that the Campaign can further enhance the experience of each member of the Northwestern community,” Michael says. “The ‘We Will’ Campaign has given us the chance to interact with so many alumni who share our passion for Northwestern.”


For more on #BOSPurplePride and We Will events around the country, visit wewill.northwestern.edu/PurplePride.


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