Five in Five
Kari Susens has been an advisor and member of the Oakton community for 15 years. She has a bachelor's degree in French with a concentration in Western European studies from Grinnell College in Iowa and a master's degree in counselor education/student development in postsecondary education from the University of Iowa. Take a few minutes to learn more about Kari.
- What is most rewarding about your job?
The students. I truly enjoy getting to know them and watching their transformation throughout their time at Oakton. I also love the diversity of our student body and the wealth of backgrounds and stories they bring to us.
- What do you wish students would do to get the most out of their appointments?
I would encourage students to make appointments with their academic advisor early and often. It’s important to meet with an advisor at least one month before registration begins each semester to be sure you’re taking the correct classes to fit your academic plans. Students also will benefit from early registration – getting first crack at their chosen classes. It's a great way to avoid missing out on a class that fills up quickly!
- What advice would you give students regarding the college experience?
First and foremost, don't be shy about asking for help! We (faculty, staff, and administrators) are here for you. Also, enjoy this opportunity to learn about many different academic areas through your general education and elective courses. Be open to the new ideas and experiences each class will bring.
- What would you do or be in your next life?
In my next life, I would like to be a professional travel agent and tour guide. With my family and friends spread out across the country, I've traveled a great deal in my life. However, I am eager to visit new places. Before each trip, I create travel itineraries and research my destination to make the most of my vacation. Learning about new places and cultures is a passion of mine.
- What is the most unique thing a student has asked or said to you?
A student once asked me if I meet with students all day, every day. He seemed to be surprised and amazed that this is my job. I explained that advisors provide guidance to students as they begin their academic career at Oakton — and we help as well when it's time to transfer. I love what I do!