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Dawn Shirak

Academic Advisor


Office Location

35-37 Leon Street
319A Meserve Hall
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Dawn Shirak, 301 ME
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000


  • MS in College Student Service Administration, College of Saint Rose
  • BA in Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York

What are the brief specifics of your educational/career background?

I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. After a year of traveling, I continued my education and earned a Master of Science in College Student Service Administration from the College of Saint Rose. Prior to being an Academic Advisor with the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University, I worked as a Residence Hall Director at the University at Albany.

What are the key aspects of your role at Northeastern? What do you enjoy most/find most interesting about what you do?

My role as an Academic Advisor is to assist students in planning their undergraduate career from orientation to graduation. Using my knowledge about the various resources and opportunities on campus, my goal is to help each individual grow from being a student into a young professional. A large part of this role will be to support my students in a holistic manner and focus on individual achievements and success in an academic setting.

What I enjoy most is getting to know each student and help them create, find, or plan for their future accomplishments. Hearing students speak about their passions and their ideas for their future is inspiring. My favorite part is seeing them grow each year and discover new and creative ways to succeed.

What’s the most compelling thing to you about the research/work that goes on at the College?

What I find most interesting about working on the CCIS team is knowing our students are learning about how computers and technology work in order to give them a foundation to be able to create the next generation of technology. The idea that they will be designing and advancing new technology in fields ranging from the medical industry to the entertainment industry is wondrous.