Cameron (“Cam”) Devlin is a sophomore in the Honors Program and is enrolled in a five-year program leading to a bachelor of science degree in Economics as well as a master’s degree in Finance. He chose St. John’s initially because of its location in New York City, the financial capital of the world. Once here, however, it was the Vincentian spirit that captivated him. He found it even on the cold February day of his first campus visit. It was clear to him right away: St. John’s was the place he should be.
Cameron hales from Watertown, New York. He enjoys soccer, swimming, and tennis, but also musical theater and acting; in short, he is versatile and has a wide variety of interests. Cam was a member of National Honor Society in high school, and has served as secretary for the Northern New York Community Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Council. Anyone looking for Cam around campus will most likely find him kicking a soccer ball around Da Silva Field where he plays on the intramural team. He has also coached three and four-year olds for Kickstart Soccer Academy.
On the other hand, it’s just as likely to find him hard at work as student receptionist in the Honors Commons. Having two older brothers and a lot of close friends during high school is what influenced Cam to look for something more than just friendship at St. John’s. He wanted brotherhood, and that is why he pledged to the Rho Beta Chapter of Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Cam loves attending five- star events around campus with his brothers and, with his brothers, has honed the Vincentian Spirit by logging countless hours of community service. He delivers food to the needy in upper Manhattan and the Bronx thought Coalition for the Homeless. He has also helped the priests of the nearby Passionist Monastery of the Immaculate Conception with its restoration projects.
The Honors Program has played an important role in Cam’s experience at St. John’s. Living in the Honors Wing of Donovan Hall, Cam was surrounded by other Honors Program students. Indeed, they were his first friends at the University. Immediately being involved, being part of something, made an important difference for him. He found the Honors Program professors especially helpful. “Right from the start, you could tell that those professors really took great interest in what they taught and even more importantly, you could tell that they seriously wanted, more than anything, to see all of their students succeed,” Cam recalls.
The Honors Program, in addition to the great professors, also provides its students with smaller class sizes and more personal attention, which Cam greatly appreciated. Study abroad, likely in Australia, is among Cam’s future plans, as he moves ultimately toward a career in banking.