ATTN: Connor Guerin, 335 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000
What are the brief specifics of your educational/career background?
I started my collegiate career in Worcester, Massachusetts, at Clark University where I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Education that focused primarily around researching student-athletes throughout their college selection process. While attending Clark, I worked for a non-profit specializing in academic counseling for future first-generation college students in the Worcester public school system.
I started my Master’s in School Counseling at Assumption College before transferring back to Clark University to finish a Master’s degree in Public Administration and work as an academic advisor for their Undergraduate College.
Prior to working in Khoury, I worked for a federal non-profit program housed in Springfield Technical Community College specializing in academic counseling for first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds. I also currently teach graduate coursework part-time focusing on the role of ethics in the professional world.
What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most/find most interesting about what you do?
As an academic advisor at Khoury College, my role is to collaborate with students on their academic, personal and professional aspirations to build a solid foundation for success in their collegiate life. I also teach several sections of our CS 1200 course, which focuses on developing leadership, communication, interpersonal skills and the successful transition into college life at Northeastern. My hopes, and what I enjoy most, is working with students to touch on all aspects of their life that mean the most and put those interests and passions into practice through intentional academic, career or personal choices.
What’s the most compelling thing to you about the research/work that goes on at the College?
It is unbelievable to see the ongoing innovations and cultural development in Khoury, all geared towards improving the opportunities available for students, staff and faculty! Witnessing the commitment to research in growing areas like artificial intelligence, data science, or cyber-security, not to mention the products created by our own students at work in the university, is still a daily shock.
Where did you grow up/spend the most defining years of your child/young adulthood?
I grew up in a small town outside of Worcester, Massachusetts, and spent most of my years in Worcester studying and working. Although our state is viewed mostly as “Boston and everything west”, Worcester will always be my home and where my roots are!
What led you to work in your field and/or study at your college? Any reason in particular why you opted for those particular schools/careers (family history, a program you were excited about, a city you were dying to live in)?
I have always been fascinated by college and the opportunities it presents! Coming from a first-generation background, there has always been something I didn’t know or was unaware of while making my way through college. Although it was challenging, my passion has really grown to serve as a support and facilitator for students in college to take advantage of every opportunity available to them (even if they were unaware it was a possibility).