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Alison Ottaviano is an Academic Advisor who works with Architecture students with last names O through Z; Communication Studies students with last names O through Z; and Journalism students with last names P through Z. Alison graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and from Boston College with a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration.

What’s your favorite part about working with students?

Helping students navigate their undergraduate education is very exciting as an advisor, especially when you get to work with a student consistently throughout their education. Having a student come into your office as a first-semester freshman and then seeing the way that they have progressed after co-op, study abroad, and taking more advanced courses is always fun and rewarding.

What resources are you most excited to share with students?

This year, I am excited to be working with the International Peer Mentoring program through CAMD. Peer Mentors and International Peer Mentors will be available to all new students in their one-credit “Intro to College” course and will hold programming and events to help students navigate Northeastern, Boston, and college in general.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Take ownership of your college career and take advantage of all that Northeastern and CAMD have to offer. There are so many opportunities to expand your horizons, so taking a class that you maybe would not otherwise consider, or participating in a student club or program that interests you is the best way to make the most of your time in college. Not to mention maximizing all of the wonderful benefits of co-op, study abroad, and classes!


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