Malik Day is beating the odds each day. One of eight children, Malik is the first in his family to graduate from high school and go to college.  His journey to college meant overcoming homelessness, waking up at 4:30 am each day to work to help his family with rent and food along with striving to get excellent grades and be involved in various school activities.  He knew going to college could be a game changer but having the money to go to college was simply out of reach.  So Malik set about to do everything he could to make his dream a reality.

His discipline and hard work in high school paid off and Malik is currently studying at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.  He has become involved in starting various student organizations and currently mentors three younger students.  The challenges he faced included college navigating internship possibilities, networking, and connections which weren’t often things his family could help him with.  That’s where his Wallin Education Partners Advisor and his mentor from General Mills (his scholarship sponsor) were most helpful. Liz Karlen, his advisor with Wallin was another person in his corner, providing support and perspective on how to figure things out.  As a result of that support along with Malik’s academic excellence, he has had success in finding and gaining valuable experience in the financial services field including an internship with Macquarie Capital last summer.  Currently, he is contemplating four different internship offers from Wall Street firms for summer of 2017.

Malik says he simply wouldn’t be here today without the support of a program like Wallin Education Partners. It is his hope that through sharing his story, another student just like him can beat the odds through your support.