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This month we are highlighting influential women at Post University in honor of Women’s History Month. Read more at Women of Post.

Lauren Gelati
Academic Success Counselor

Do you have a favorite memory from your time at Post?

There have been so many amazing memories while being a part of the Post family these past 9 years that it is hard to choose just one. I have to say my favorite has always been Campus New Student Orientation. Every year I have the privilege of being able to welcome the new incoming Eagles and their families. It Is always amazing to see just how excited the student is to be starting their new academic journey for the next four years and watching their sense of pride and incredible eagerness to get started. It reminds me of my own academic journey and why I chose Post. It has always been a reminder that hard work has paid off for both the student and for us as associates. Coming from an admissions perspective, it is always an amazing feeling to see a student you have been working with for months finally become an official eagle. Each student has a story of how they have become an eagle and that is what makes us all one big family. We all have a common connection of loving the University and all it has to offer.

Who was a female role model for you growing up or currently?

I would say one of my greatest role models while being at Post University was Cindy Deschenes. She taught me to always push past my fears and break outside of my comfort zone. She defined what it meant to be a leader by always fighting for what she believed in and took on the role of being my campus mom. Although she has left us, she defines the phrase “once an eagle always an eagle”. You will find that phrase imprinted on her plaque underneath our campus holiday tree, which reminds us of all that she has done to impact the campus. My current role model is Caitlyn Masiewicz. She truly defines what it means to “Make it Personal.” Caity’s amount of dedication and support she has provided to everyone around her over the past 11 years at Post, is truly remarkable and what made me want to become an academic advisor. Caity has been successful through her multiple roles with Post and I am glad she was my advisor as a student. Through both of these women’s leadership and guidance, I have not only successfully completed two degrees at Post, but have been able to provide the same extraordinary experience to my own Post students while in my professional roles. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Why do you think it is important for females to be represented in your respective field or in education?

I would say it is important for women to be in the Field of Higher Education as students need mentors to help guide and support them through their academic journey. I am a strong believer in the phrase it only takes one person to make a difference. I myself wouldn’t be where I am today without all the female role models and mentors I had while being a student at Post. For a lot of students going to school it is their first time away from their mother, aunt, sister, or cousin who may have been their primary support system. Being a female in this field allows for the chance to make a strong connection and create that family atmosphere for anyone who needs it. Everyone needs to feel loved and supported. Without the presence of leadership and mentoring a student may not be growing in areas they could be. As an educator it is our role to make sure our students make the most of their education and the journey that comes with it.