Missouri State University
Abigail Saintvalliere

Abigail Saintvalliere

  • Major: Computer Information Systems
  • Hometown: St. Louis
  • Activities: Student Activities Council; Association of Informational Technology Professionals, student chapter

This gamer wants to change an industry trend

Abigail Saintvalliere loves catching up on the hottest video games.

This passion led to her major at Missouri State University. 

“It would be really cool to see my name on the end credits of a video game and know I helped develop it,” she said.

Saintvalliere wasn’t certain her program was the right fit for her when she first started.

“I took a risk choosing my major,” she said.

Inspired to be a difference-maker

Abigail Saintvalliere

Saintvalliere was contacted her freshman year by computer information systems instructor Michelle Hulett about a conference opportunity. That’s when Saintvalliere’s confidence began to grow.

Hulett had emailed a few female students in the program and informed them of a regional conference about the importance of women in information technology.

Saintvalliere went to the event.

“Apparently, there aren’t a lot of women who apply for IT positions, but the women who do work in the field are passionate about what they do. I was inspired to become one of those women.”

Now, she wants to work in programming and story plot for independent games.

Becoming introverted, yet becoming involved

“Missouri State has really brought me out of my shell. I feel like I’m where I’m meant to be.”

There are several reasons Saintvalliere loves Missouri State. For one, the great resources such as the tutoring center, called the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing).

“Math is definitely not my thing,” Saintvalliere said, “but the tutors at the Bear CLAW were really nice.”

She has also served on Student Activities Council, which plans activities for students.

She was the films chair, deciding what movies will be played on campus.

She’s done all this despite calling herself “very introverted.”

Being at Missouri State University has redefined her idea of leadership, she said. Saintvalliere once thought she wasn’t much of a leader, but now says she thinks of it in terms of positive relationships.

Abigail Saintvalliere