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Jill Forgash

Academic Advisor

Contact

Office Location

35-37 Leon Street
331 Meserve Hall
Boston, MA 02115

Mailing Address

Northeastern University
ATTN: Jill Forgash, Meserve Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115-5000

Education

  • MA in Higher Education Administration, Boston College
  • BA in Communications and French, Boston College

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

I completed my BA from Boston College in Communications and French, and after working in tech marketing I went back to BC to receive my MA in Higher Education Administration. During grad school, I held a variety of positions at BC, Emerson and MIT. Before coming to NEU, I was a student success advisor at Bunker Hill Community College, working specifically on student retention.

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 in CCIS, my role is to help students understand the sequence of their curriculum at Northeastern, as well as aid them in crafting a plan that helps them achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals. I also teach sections of CS1200, a first-year course that focuses on developing leadership skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and time management. To me, the most valuable part of my role is helping students make meaning out of their educational experiences (both inside and outside of the classroom), and seeing them take ownership over their education and their learning journey.

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

It’s exciting to see how quickly we’re growing, from the number of students to the number of combined majors we have. CCIS is constantly on the move — it feels like the College always has to be one step ahead because that’s the way the industry works. I love that CCIS really values innovation at all levels of the College in order to meet the rising demands of our industry and growth.

Where did you grow up/spend the most defining years of your child/young adulthood?

I have lived in Boston since college but I have a soft spot for my home state of New Jersey. It is a lot more than just Newark airport!