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December 2016 Student of the Month

Written by Alantae Christian

Jamie Mallon is a fourth year student at Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) majoring in Social Work. She attended high school at Cesar Chavez Academy (CCA) located in Southwest Detroit. Jamie chose SVSU because it was affordable and after visiting the school, she could definitely see herself as a Cardinal.

Jamie came to SVSU as an education major; however, after realizing she wanted to do more than teach to help children she decided to change her major to Social Work. Working with youth has always been a passion of Jamie's and she felt that teaching was not enough. In five years, she sees herself with her Master's in Social Work, empowering youth at both community centers and schools.

During Jamie's four years at SVSU she has made many memories. Her best experience with the Public School Academy program was Transition Camp. It was scary for her to come to Saginaw from Detroit. She was a first generation college student so advice and tips on surviving college was something she was not able to get. During Transition Camp, Jamie made many friends and they are so close that she sees them as lifetime friends. She also met many faculty members across campus and received the advice that she could not get from her family back at home. Transition Camp made her feel more confident and prepared for college.

Jamie did not only make memories through the Public School Academy program but with SVSU as a whole. Jamie's best experience at SVSU was doing her volunteer hours with the Office of Multicultural Services for her Social Work class. With these hours, she facilitated an adopt-a-family project for all Public School Academy scholars. During this experience, the students bonded by receiving donations, wrapping gifts, and delivering gifts to the chosen family.

The once piece of advice Jamie has for future Cardinals will be to network. Jamie has received so many opportunities at SVSU all because of networking. It’s not always about what you know, but who you know!