Erin Gellings, Student Service Coordinator: Preska

Graduate Assistant

Address: 111 Carkoski Commons, Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-5630

Education: I am currently pursuing my master’s degree in Counseling and Student Affairs: Mental Health Counseling. Previously, I attended the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point where I earned my B.S. in Psychology with a Human Services emphasis and minor in Neuroscience and Behavior.  

What I like about being a SSC: I enjoy being an SSC because of the connections I am able to make with students and the wide variety of skills I have been able to refine. I particularly enjoy the administrative role I am able to play and how I can help students in a behind-the-scenes way. 

Student Connections: To me, creating meaningful student connections is what the student affairs field is all about. I have loved getting to know the CA’s, desk workers, and Preska residents as I have worked in this position. Being able to support students and watch them grow, especially in the current circumstances, has been personally encouraging.

Favorite SSC Memory/Experience: My favorite SSC memory so far has been connecting with the Preska CA staff during summer training. Getting to know the CA team has been a wonderful experience.

Professional Development: The SSC position has allowed me to take on roles and responsibilities that are new to me and have facilitated my professional growth. I have enjoyed learning new administrative skills, communication styles, and the rewards and challenges of being a supervisor. It is exciting to be able to work and grow with the students I am supporting. 

Position Balance and Academics: One of my favorite things about my position and working with the Residential Life department is that I am a student first. The staff have been incredibly supportive and have encouraged a balance between my position and studies. This created a sustainable way for me to succeed academically and professionally.

My Professional Dream: My professional dream is to work as a mental health counselor supporting individuals in rural areas by providing greater accessibility to care. I am particularly interested in trauma work and utilizing research methods to contribute to the understanding of how to promote acceptability of mental health care.   

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