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Karen Jalife

PSJA Southwest Early College High School, Class of 2018

Associate Degree in Biology from South Texas College

Plans to Attend: The University of Texas at San Antonio
Major: Biology

Soccer Varsity Captain / 1st Miss Javelina Jewel / UIL GIrls Soccer District Championships / National AP Scholar / A-Honor Roll from elementary to high school / RGV Food Bank, Palm Valley Animal Center, & St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Catholic Church volunteer

What are your goals and aspirations?
Due to the strong and stable educational foundation that I have built for myself at PSJA, I will work towards becoming a well-known surgeon. I am determined to expand my knowledge in the health science field and will endlessly work for it until I am wearing a pair of scrubs on a daily basis and having people refer to me as "Doctor Jalife."

Soccer Varsity Captain, 1st Miss Javelina Jewel, UIL Girls Soccer District Championships, National AP Scholar, A-Honor Roll from elementary to high school

How was your Early College experience?
PSJA has not only enabled me to be the hard-working student that others might see, but it has shaped me into a leader with the mentality of always giving back to those in my community.

What would you say to your PSJA Family?
I would like to say thank you for molding me into the persom I am now and handing me tle privilege to expand my post-secondary studies while attending high school. 

What would be your message for underclassmen?
Find what you love to do first. In this manner, you'll enjoy your studies through the next few years and they'll fly by a lot faster. Take advantage of the dual-credit opportunities entirely. Yes, it might be challenging but if you get that experience during high school, you'll be better prepared once you're in the actual university setting.