EACE Member Spotlight: “We Are EACE” – Meet Lauri Blessing, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology
EACE has been asking new members to share some fun facts about themselves. Here we get to know Lauri Blessing
What do you do in your current position?
At HU, I work as the Experiential Learning Coordinator. In this role, I serve as the direct point of contact for all undergraduate students, specifically as it relates to experiential learning. At HU, all students are required to complete 13 credits of experiential learning, which includes four seminars, two projects, and one internship. I teach one of the seminar courses to second year students as well as, advise, review, and approve project and internship contracts for all students wishing to complete their Project I, Internship, or Project II.
Where are you originally from?
Where do you live now?
Still live in Mechanicsburg, PA
Outside of work, what are some of your favorite things to do?
Some of my favorite things to do outside of HU include coaching field hockey, exercising, taking my dog on walks, traveling with family & friends, and just being adventurous.
Why do you do what you do?
I love working with young adults as they begin their career journeys. My journey was not as straight as I thought it would be, so I love the opportunity to assist students as they forge their own paths to find their niches and passions.
What is your educational background?
Bachelor of Science in Family & Consumer Science Education; Master of Arts in Higher Education – both from Messiah College.
What was your first job?
Teaching a Child Development course and a Culinary Essentials course to 9-12th graders.
What is the best advice you ever received?
Nothing worthwhile happens in your comfort zone – outside of your comfort zone is where the real learning and growth occurs!
For someone starting in your field, what advice would you give?
Obtaining experience and knowledge is a process and there are plenty of opportunities and individuals to learn from, so long as you form relationships, show up, and never stop learning.
What is something that might surprise us about you?
I am in my first, full-time position within Higher Education and would love the opportunity to meet as many EACE colleagues as possible to get to know and learn from them! Coffee, anyone?