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First and Second Year Advising

Meet Your Advisor

Colleen Opal

Title/s: Academic Advisor
Special Populations

Phone: 773-508-7714

E-mail: copal@luc.edu


 I grew up in the Chicagoland area and Omaha, Nebraska. I earned my Bachelor's Degree from San Diego State University with a major in Spanish and a minor in Women's Studies. My most rewarding experience of my undergraduate education was my 12 month study abroad in Santiago, Chile. After college, I moved to Michigan State University to pursue a Master's Degree in Education and to work in their Department of Residence Life. Prior to working at Loyola University, I worked as an Academic Advisor at the College of Lake County. In my free time I like to workout, walk around the city, read, and spend time with friends.

Favorite Quote:

"We don't receive wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us [from]."

~Marcel Proust

First Year Memory:

My first class at SDSU was a writing class in the African American Studies department. This class pushed me out of my comfort zone by challenging my beliefs about race and identity. As a result, I learned much more about how privilege and oppression affect all members of our society and became very interested in social justice issues.


M.A. in Education, Michigan State University

B.A. in Spanish, San Diego State University


First and Second Year Advising
Sullivan Center for Student Services · 6339 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60660
Mailing Address: 1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, IL 60626
Phone: 773.508.7714 · E-mail: FSYAdvising@luc.edu

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