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Karla Cunningham


Senior Academic Advisor 

Office: Young Hall (YONG), 6th floor
Phone: (765) 494-0843


Paris, IL 


B.A. – French Education with minor in English Education, Indiana State University
M.S. –Student Personnel, Indiana State University


Prior to serving as an Academic Advisor at Purdue University, I served in leadership positions in residence life and student affairs at two other universities.  I also taught French and English one year.

Advice for the Future Boilermaker:

College is a time to learn about yourself while you’re also learning in the classroom setting.  Take advantage of this time to try new opportunities and adventures.  Join new student organizations.  See a play or attend a lecture.  Take a chance in meeting new people.  As you’re changing and growing, be sure to keep focused on your academics.  Your time in college will go fast, so be sure to slow down from time to time and explore all that Purdue is offering you.

Fun Facts:

I love travelling, and I have travelled to 49 of the 50 states, just visiting Alaska this summer.  Many of my favorite travel memories have happened in national parks.  I enjoy reading (primarily fiction books) and listening to NPR.  I love trivia contests and playing card or board games.   My favorite sport to watch is college basketball, especially during the NCAA tournament.  I am always up for trying a new restaurant or exploring a new city.