Kristen Nelson ’06
Alumni and Administrator
Kristen is the Coordinator of Admission Marketing and an Assistant Dean of Admission. She is a 2006 Gustie grad (History and Women's Studies major) and loves being back on campus.
She is also a SART campus team member (Sexual Assault Response Team).
Her husband (another Gustie grad!) and her live in the cities with an extremely goofy Boston terrier.
Territory: Twin Cities (mostly northern suburbs), Nebraska
Life before Gustavus
I grew up in Edina, MN, with two squirrely brothers (We are all now Gusties!) and came to Gustavus in 2003. I fell in love with my history courses, focusing on African-American studies. I spent a summer researching and writing with a Gustavus political science professor and had the opportunity to research for Stanford’s history department in Los Angeles and Phoenix. On campus, I was the vice president of Tri Sigma Sorority, held an Inter-Greek Senate chair, was the Women’s Studies apprentice, took to the stage for a show my junior year, and worked at the tennis center (among other things…). It was a fabulous, busy, and exciting couple years.
What is your best college search tip?
Relax! Choosing a college is a big choice, but you’ll find your way. Don’t let all the different stats or your friends’ opinions stress you out – Pick a college that truly speaks to you on a gut-level. Also, don’t worry about nailing down a future career while you’re still in high school – selecting a college is a big enough decision. You’ll have plenty of time to find a major and find a career path down the road.
What are your most recent professional/work projects?
I am incredibly excited to work with the Art Scholarship – I distinctly remember packing up my high school art portfolio, bringing it to a college, spreading it out over a large table, and talking about my work with professors. It was absolutely thrilling! I also am actively involved with the Student Affairs side of Gustavus – I get the best of both worlds, working with fantastic high school students while still getting to know our phenomenal current Gusties!
What do you value most about working at Gustavus?
Nothing makes me happier than walking into work past the “three flags.” The faculty, staff, and students are all deeply invested in Gustavus, the St. Peter community, and the world at large and that makes it an inspiring place to spend my days. I also love the push to continually learn – faculty and staff meet to discuss works in progress, interesting guest speakers drop by throughout the year, and the students are constantly finding creative outlets to share knowledge with the rest of the community.
What are your hobbies?
I am an interior-design blog addict. Random, I know. So I like testing out new paint colors, re-arranging furniture, and hunting for that “perfect piece” to complete our little home. I also love doing anything outside (or everything for that matter) throughout the year… Working out, analyzing local and national politics, reading, and laughing at our Boston terrier round out most of my weekends.
What is your favorite Gustavus tradition?
Such a hard question! Painting the rock is always a kick (even after graduation)… but Midnight Express is simply magical – You study like crazy for finals in a packed library while the whole campus is decorated for the holidays and carolers cycle through the halls. Then for two hours you are free from studying to be doted on by faculty and staff! Your English professor handing you wings and your Geology professor scoops nacho cheese for your soft pretzel. All while Santa roams the cafeteria handing out candy canes and the Gustavus Jazz Band plays. Like I said -- magical.
Education: B.A., History and Women’s Studies, Gustavus 2006.