Hi All, my name is Laura Essig and I am so excited to be guiding you on your academic journey! I was born and raised in Michigan where I attended Michigan State University (MSU) and earned my BA in Public Administration & Public Policy and my MA in higher education administration. Originally wanting to go into politics, life took me in a different direction. I stumbled into academic advising and I never looked back.
Before moving to Minnesota, I worked at MSU in recruitment, advising, orientation, study abroad, and career development. I made the move to Minnesota in 2019, starting in the Office for Community Standards and most recently served as the undergraduate advisor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
I was a first-generation college student who had no idea what I wanted to do or study but just knew I was told I had to go to college. I remember the challenges of navigating the campus and its resources but also valued the variety of experiences offered to undergraduates. I hope to be of resource to you all as you work towards your academic, personal, and professional goals!
When I'm not working I enjoy attending concerts, watching sports, cross stitching, paddle boarding, hanging out with my dog, drinking way too much coffee, and just being around my people!
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