Spotlight on Advisor Laurie Gunning
Born in La La Land (no really — she was born in Hollywood), Laurie Gunning was destined for a life among the stars . . . or at least in the sky (based on her skydiving adventures). Who knew that those stars would be the students she serves as an academic advisor at Oakton? Laurie earned an MA in adult education and counseling at the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She has been an Oaktonite since 1997 and will be retiring at the end of this year.
What is most rewarding about your job?
Helping students meet their goals and successfully move on to achieve their goals.
What do you wish students would do to get the most out of their appointments?
Think about what they need from me before they arrive, write down some of their questions and concerns, and arrive on time so they get the most out of the time allotted to them.
What advice would you give students regarding the college experience?
Take the time and the effort to review your life before you start college. Make sure you aren’t so overwhelmed with other commitments that you don't have enough time to dedicate to your studies. Even a great brain won’t get you good grades if you don’t put in the time.
Who would you be or what would you do in your next life?
I've had several different "careers" in this life, and I have loved my experiences as an academic advisor the best. . . . I'd stick with that!
What is the most interesting thing a student has asked or said to you?
After a New Student Orientation, one student shared with a colleague that they thought I was "really cool" and asked if I “went to Woodstock." Must have had one of my "hippy" skirts on that day.
Faculty on campus and available to students at designated times.
Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Room 1130 DP 847.635.1741
Room A100 SK 847.635.1400