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Chelsea Self

Chelsea Self


Minnesota West Community and Technical-Pipestone

Which elected office are you running for?

 Public Relations Coordinator


My name is Chelsea Self, I am 30 years old and I live in South West Minnesota with my boyfriend and our dog Jake. I have served 8 years in the Nebraska National Guard before moving to Minnesota in 2012. I currently attend Minnesota West Community and Technical College Pipestone where I am pursing my Associate of Science in Nursing. I have already completed the Medical Assistant program and the Practical Nursing program. The thing I enjoy most about Nursing is that I get to help people when they need it most, whether it be mental or physical needs during their hospital stay. I am currently President on the Pipestone Campus and Platform Committee Representative for the Minnesota West Region. I love advocating for students and helping them with struggles that they might face during their college experience.


1. What degree or certificate program are you seeking?

Associate of Science in Nursing (Registered Nurse).

2. What are your future career plans?

I plan on attending SMSU and obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Nursing. I would love to work in a bigger city hospital, but I will most likely get my start in Marshall, MN. I love all aspects of nursing but my current specific interest include Oncology, Surgery, Mental Health, Wound Care, and after enough experience I would like to take on leadership roles within the facility I work.

3. Please describe your previous student government or professional experience, and how it has prepared you for this position.

I served in the Nebraska National Guard from 2005 until 2013 as a sergeant. I was deployed to Iraq from 2006-2008 and Afghanistan from 2010-2011. I was able to learn from many different people on what is and is not desired as a leader. I was a team leader while serving in Afghanistan and communicated with other people from around the United States. This included Afghanistan locals, Generals, and soldiers within the Afghan National Army.

I have been a part of student senate since 2013 and first started as a senator at the Luverne Campus. In 2014, I joined the student senate on the Pipestone Campus to represent the Pre-Nursing Program. Wanting to be more involved, I decided to run for the Vice President position and was elected. Through the association and my senate, I was able to learn the tools it takes to become a leader. In 2015, I was elected President of the Pipestone Campus and re-elected in 2016. Also in 2016, I was elected Platform Committee Representative for the Minnesota West Region. I have been able to volunteer and join several committees/teams within the association and on my own campus. I have also been able to help motivate other team members in completing their jobs/tasks. This year I was the GOTV and GROOTS lead for all six of my regions campuses.

All of these experiences have taught me a key component in leadership and that is communication. PRC requires a lot of communication between campuses, regions, and the MSCSA office. PRC helps coordinate different campaigns throughout the year. PRC is also in charge of taking minutes and making Agendas, as President of my campus I have created every agenda for our senate meetings and have had to take minutes for our meetings.

4. Why are you running for this position?

This position is something that I feel I can do based on my experience as Platform Committee Representative, Student Senate President, and my work history in the National Guard. As Platform Committee Representative, I have had to work closely with the Governing Council Member from my region. We have had many phone calls related to region and MSCSA information. Contacting the other campus Presidents and advisors is something we do a few times a month. Being a point of contact for my specific campus for the Nursing Program is another task that I have been doing for the last two years. As the Nursing Program point of contact for my campus, I communicate with nursing students about any concerns or things that are going well with in the program and also any “general” questions. Last year I was in charge of planning our pinning ceremony, this is something that I will be doing again this year. Planning the pinning ceremony requires a great deal of communication between the program Dean, program instructors, and the other nursing class. I was asked to speak at the pinning ceremony as well as the graduation ceremony.

5. What challenges do you see facing Minnesota’s community and technical college students?

Each school year brings about new students facing new challenges than in the year prior. I see Minnesota’s community and technical college students paying way more than they can afford or should be paying for their tuition. I see students of diverse backgrounds facing discrimination within their campuses, whether it be from faculty or other students, which is something they should not be experiencing. I see all students not feeling safe on campus while attending classes or participating in activities. We have done so much for the two-year students of Minnesota since the birth of MSCSA. I know whatever challenges our students face I will be there, next to them, helping them face those challenges head on.


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