Alex Camarillo-Lugo - May 2018

Alex Camarillo is originally from Lake Forest, California. She is a first generation college student earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in English. She was chosen as the Outstanding Graduating Senior in Criminal Justice Department.


Alex became involved at NMU her freshman year by working at the Wildcat Den and participating in many aspects of Housing and Residence Life.   She was hired as a Resident Adviser (RA) in Hunt Hall during her sophomore year and remained an RA for two years.  During her senior year, she became the Community Adviser in the Lincoln Townhouses. Throughout her time at NMU, she held many other positions with Housing, including desk worker, security assistant and custodian. Alex reports that some of her closest friends are people she met while living in Hunt Hall and said, “I just wanted to be the someone who changed at least one person’s life and helped them enjoy their time at Northern a little more.”


During her time at NMU Alex was a volunteer for Wildcat Weekend, worked at the makeup session for New Student Orientation and became a Student Coordinator for Young Wildcat Scholars. Alex was also on the Staff Development Committee that planned the hiring and training of all Paraprofessionals within Housing and Residence Life.


When asked why she chose NMU she said, “because of its highly ranked Criminal Justice Program and because Marquette is so different from my hometown. People here are much more friendly and really care about the well-being of others.  Marquette is where I saw my first real snow. The air is cleaner, there are less cars, and there is a much larger appreciation for what the earth has given us here.”


After graduation, Alex will be moving to Wisconsin where she accepted a position as an Assistant Residence Hall Director at the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh. While there, she will pursue a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.  Alex credits much of her success to her mom. She said, “I couldn't have done anything without my mom’s support.”