Montana State University-Northern

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Chancellor's Office
MSU-Northern

P.O. Box 7751
Havre, MT 59501-7751
406.265.3720

Location:
Cowan Hall Room 200

At a Glance

Student Success Story: David Arteaga
Davdi Arteaga, MSU-Northern Community Leadership student

David Arteaga is a California transplant who has come to appreciate "waking up to the bi-polar Montana weather." Although Arteaga misses his family and friends on the warm western coast, he has made a home here at Northern and in Havre. Originally coming to Northern to play football after pursuing it during junior college, Arteaga did not know what he wanted to focus on as a career when he arrived in Montana. He hadn't even taken a tour of the campus, so he had no idea what to expect or do once he got here. After receiving some advising assistance and advice from friends, Arteaga decided to pursue a bachelor's degree in community leadership with a minor in criminal justice.


Recently in search of an internship to fit his field of study, Arteaga found the Boys and Girls Club of the Hi-Line and the Youth Reporting Center (YRC) operating therein. Despite the fact that the YRC program was looking for a long-term employee, Arteaga volunteered for a short-term learning stint, giving his hours voluntarily. Arteaga has already completed over 100 hours with the YRC, and he says it has changed his own outlook on life for the better.

Through YRC, Arteaga helps juvenile students complete their required community service hours while counseling them towards better and brighter futures. He says he's found his new love since he finds great personal accomplishment in helping better the futures of so many young teens.

Arteaga's recent crowning moment was when he was afforded the opportunity to attend Thursday's court cases without a supervisor. He was able to talk with the young students about YRC and invite them to complete their service hours under his guidance. Arteaga said, "The students love coming to YRC because they get to make a connection with someone. It's a great experience for them and for me." During Arteaga's court experience, he was also able to meet the judge. He mentioned that he really enjoyed talking with her and learning some of the aspects of her job.

Arteaga's recent crowning moment was when he was afforded the opportunity to attend Thursday's court cases without a supervisor. He was able to talk with the young students about YRC and invite them to complete their service hours under his guidance. Arteaga said, "The students love coming to YRC because they get to make a connection with someone. It's a great experience for them and for me." During Arteaga's court experience, he was also able to meet the judge. He mentioned that he really enjoyed talking with her and learning some of the aspects of her job.

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