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Michelle Hagopian is the Cooperative Education Faculty Coordinatorfor the Journalism and Game Design programs. She graduated with a Master of Science degree in journalism from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. She’s eager to teach and learn from her students, and she encourages anyone to pop into her office to say hello.

What’s your favorite part about working with students?

I’m new to the CAMD co-op team, but I’m already impressed with the level of talent and ambition Northeastern students have. I’m excited to learn about their personal stories, coach them through their co-op experiences, and watch them grow into young professionals in their industries. Every student brings something unique to the table, and that’s what I’m most looking forward to discovering.

What resources are you most excited to share with students?

Northeastern has a massive network of employer-partners for co-op. I also have already seen some student portfolios and resumes that are sharp and eye-catching, which I’m especially eager to share with my students. They should also utilize on-campus resources like the Career Development office (among others) and faculty/staff who have first-hand industry experience. More than anything, though, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to build a curriculum around the job hunt and professionalism, which can serve students years after they’ve graduated.

What advice do you have for incoming students?

Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone; that’s what college is all about! If I could redo my college career, I would have taken more chances. Do the necessary planning up front so that you can see your aspirations become reality (study abroad, co-op, internships, etc.). It’s all about balance – have fun and try new things, but don’t take for granted how important it is to work hard and apply yourself in any opportunities that come your way. Take advantage of the fact that Northeastern can open up the world to you, especially when it comes to experiential learning.

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