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CBS People: Zack Gill

From peer advising, through the wilderness, to academic advisor!

Zach Gill

What do you do here?

I am an academic advisor in CBS Student Services.

What brought you to the Twin Cities?

I grew up in Inver Grove Heights, a St. Paul suburb, and was away for a while doing school and work and such. I came back to the Twin Cities to get my master's degree in counseling and student personnel psychology, and graduated in May 2016.

How long have you been at the U of M?

I was lucky enough to join the CBS advising team in October 2016!

How did you get into this line of work?

I became interested in advising and counseling work from some great experiences as a volunteer peer advisor in the Psychology department while getting my undergraduate degree up at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. After UMD, I worked with court-ordered youth in a wilderness therapy program and really loved the one-on-one conversations about life, struggles and success. That is what drove me to continue my education at the U of M and enter the advising field. 

What is something interesting or unusual about your job here?

The number of different folks I get to interact with on a daily basis is amazing! CBS students come from all backgrounds and come to advising with all sorts of different questions, concerns, issues and energy to share with me! Then I also get to work in a highly motivated and fun office with coworkers who are dedicated to developing each other and ourselves as great educators almost as much as the students we are here to serve. Working in CBS and at the U is kinda the dream.

Finally, what do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I like to get outdoors in a variety of ways whether it is running, biking, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, slacklining, climbing, hiking, and/or sleeping, preferably all of them at once. Oh, and I like to read when I can. Usually fantasy or sci-fi, but also lots of other types of books.


February, 2017