Gail DeShields

Gail DeShields
Hall Director
603-862-4541

Undergraduate Degree:

B.A. in Psychology from Stockton University

 

Master’s Degree:

M.A. in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP)

 

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers

Why did you choose to become a Hall Director?

In undergrad I was heavily involved on campus, expect for Residence Life. Part of the reason I was so involved was due to my experiences living in a residence hall and interacting with my peers, RAs and professional staff. During graduate school I had the opportunity to work in Housing and Residence Life and absolutely loved it! Having the opportunity to create an environment where students feel challenged, safe, and inspired made me realize I wanted to continue in this area.

 

Why did you choose to work for Res Life at the University of New Hampshire?

I am someone who is always looking for new ways to learn and grow. I knew I did not want to move back home to New Jersey just yet after graduate school, and was looking for a change. As soon as I interviewed with the department, I was sold! Everyone truly and deeply cares about each other and the students they serve. The department’s core values align with my own and I knew this was a place where I could not only grow as a professional, but also be able to help so many students during their transitions in college.

 

What advice would you give to students?

Don’t be afraid to fail. Success looks different for everyone, and your success story is going to be completely different than everyone else’s. College is a time where you can truly learn the most about yourself, so take in as much as you can. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, there are so many people cheering for you that you may not even be aware of! Get involved and take chances! Above all else, never be afraid to be your true, authentic self, always. J