Doralynn Mellinger (she/her/hers)
Hometown: McPherson, Kansas
Graduate Institution: Fort Hays State University
Degree Currently Obtaining: M.S. in Education with Emphasis in Higher Education-Student Affairs (HESA)
Undergraduate Institution: Washburn University
Why did you choose FHSU: I worked as a Resident Assistant (RA) in undergrad and absolutely loved helping students. While working as an RA I realized that I could actually continue working in student affairs as a career.
Why did you choose to go to graduate school: Since most of my experience was in housing, I wanted to stay in housing during graduate school. I interviewed with Fort Hays State University (FHSU) at the Oshkosh Placement Exchange (OPE) and really enjoyed the conversation I had with the people who interviewed me. I was also interested in FHSU because the program here offers many opportunities to gain experience in other areas of student affairs, which you may not get at a larger university.
What area(s) of Student Affairs interest you the most and why: My undergraduate degree is in nursing so my end goal is to find something that combines both student affairs and nursing. The first area that interests me is academic advising for a nursing school or health related. The second area that I am interested in is health and wellness education.
What is a memorable moment of working at your current institution: Through FHSU I was able to attend three conferences my first year, one of which was the 2019 NASPA Annual Conference in L.A.
What is the best recognition that you have received: I was voted best new RA, my first year as an RA.
What advice would you give to current undergraduate students looking into graduate school: Be open to options. Be open to going to new places or a new area within student affairs.
What has NASPA meant to you: NASPA is a great way to learn information related to student affairs through NASPA conferences and publications. NASPA also offers many ways to connect to other professionals.
Social Media: Instagram - @dorajan25
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