Graduate Academic Advisor
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Megan Sykes and I am the Academic Advisor for the College of Engineering in Seattle and Silicon Valley. I am a Seattle local, born and raised south of the city. I obtained my bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and then went to live in San Francisco, CA. San Francisco was where I eventually completed my master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs. I have been working in the field now for 7 years, previously in roles focused on student organizations and leadership, orientation, Greek Life, and program management. When I am not at work, I enjoy exploring the beauty of PNW by hiking and camping. I also enjoy cooking and experimenting in the kitchen!
What influenced you to join NEU Seattle as an IS professor and advisor.
In previous roles, I had the opportunity to work with graduate-level students. I really appreciated the motivation and tenacity of graduate students and wanted to get back to supporting this population. In addition, I connected with the values and mission of Northeastern University — especially the focus on experiential learning. I truly believe that NEU students receive a high-level and applicable degree because they are supported by in-the-field instructors and dedicated staff.
We’re really glad to have you on the COE team! What is some advice you can offer prospective and admitted students to maximize our grad school experience?
Graduate school will happen quickly — it’s only about 2 – 3 years so my advice is to take it all in. Additionally, what you give to the experience is what you will get out of it — the more you give the more you will receive from your experience. So, I encourage you all to involve yourself, participate in events, meet your classmates, and challenge yourself to broaden your network! Remember, I am here to alleviate stress surrounding registration, graduation and any other academic processes, so you can focus more on your academic and social experience.
As one of the West coast campuses, it’s important for us to remain connected with our peers in Boston and yet also have our own independent community. Could you share some thoughts on how that landscape might look?
I hope to work with colleagues already at NEU – Seattle to provide more programming – social and career-focused programming – geared toward our IS-students and their needs. I believe that having a successful campus experience is a holistic venture. Students should not only feel connected to their peers and faculty but also to the local surroundings. Living here in Seattle is unique — we have a thriving tech scene but also an expansive cultural scene. There is more to Seattle than just South Lake Union and I am here to hopefully help you explore those areas and learn something new. If there is something you would like to see, learn, or do in Seattle, please let me know! I want this community to be a collaborative space where we grow and explore together.