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Adam Smith is the Director of Undergraduate Academic Advising. He is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, and has been playing bassoon for more than 23 years. Adam holds a Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Computer Science from the College of Computer and Information Science.

What’s your favorite part about working with students?

Getting to know more about their interests, talents, and aspirations. I’m constantly amazed at the things our students have already accomplished in high school and then even more so with the projects, business startups, and other activities they do outside of the classroom. It’s a privilege to witness.

What resources are you most excited to share with students?

CAMD Peer Mentoring and Career Development. The peer mentoring program is a great way for new students to get connected with upperclassmen in their major. They’ll be “shown the ropes” of the major as well as the college experience. Career Development is a great resource for first-year students, particularly those who are still vacillating on a major and want to investigate how particular majors map to potential careers. Career Development also provides resume and interview preparation resources that can help first-year students get a great internship in their summer vacation before sophomore year. More experience on the resume can lead to securing a position at a top choice co-op employer.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Make friends! It may seem like it’s unavoidable but it’s critical to student wellbeing and academic success. Building a social network requires effort and will take some students out of their comfort zone, but it’s absolutely worth the effort.

The College of Arts, Media and Design has a number of talented staff who are all here to help you. Meet some of our amazing advisors, staff members, and coordinators in our new series of profiles. Make sure to reach out to them with any questions you may have!