Meet MSUM’s new Case Manager in Counseling Services, Jamie Skrove. She is looking forward to helping our students by connecting them to the support and resources they need to be successful.

Start date: September 30, 2019

Q: What drew you to MSUM?
A: While pursuing my undergrad, I initially felt that school social work was where I wanted to be, but as life had it, I ended up elsewhere in social work practice. When I learned of universities and tech schools incorporating social work positions to support students, that interest to work with students was re-ignited. What I like about working with students is the energy on campus, the hunger to learn and grow, and the pursuit of creative ideas.  

Q: What is one thing that has surprised you about MSUM? 
A: What has surprised me throughout the different departments is the amount of fun you see employees having and the laughter and the teamwork that happens every day.

Q: What’s one thing you’re learning now, and why is it important?
A: I am learning how to develop this position, which is new to the university. I’m pulling ideas together on how to do different outreach and generate more student engagement and understanding of how we can help them outside of their regular classes, sports, etc.

Q: How do you turn things around when you’re having a bad day?
A: I make a gratitude list. I think about the things I’m grateful for. I look at pictures from a happy memory to help bring me back there or just think about one positive thing that happened to me each day.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given, and who was it from? 
A: The best advice I’ve received was from one of my undergrad professors, and it sticks with me all the time. She very bluntly said, “If you don’t have your health, you don’t have anything.” I think that’s very true. If you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t aspire or work toward any of your goals. You have to be healthy. So, invest in yourself first and then let the rest come as it needs to.

Welcome to the #DragonFamily, Jamie. We’re happy you’re here!