Standout Seniors ’23: Meet Mallory Flesik (Psychology and Political Science)

Penn State Behrend’s Class of 2023 is ready to make its mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and all that they have learned and accomplished here at Behrend. Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technologies, participated in important research projects, and made their mark at Penn State Behrend.

Today, we’d like you to meet  Mallory Flesik.


Majors: Dual majoring in Psychology and Political Science

Minor: Crime, Law, and Psychology

Hometown: Herminie, Pennsylvania

Scholarships: Edmund L. Lada Memorial Trustee Scholarship; Penn State Behrend Chancellor’s Scholarship; Mel Chrostowski Scholarship; Edward P. and Barbara F. Junker Scholarship; Allyn and Alice Wright Leadership Scholarship.

Awards: Outstanding Political Science Award, Writing Award from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Zachary T. Irwin Humanitarian Award.

Family ties: I chose Behrend because my older brother went to Behrend, which allowed me to see the opportunity that the college offers. After going on my tour of the campus, I knew that Behrend was the right choice for me, especially after seeing how beautiful it is in the fall.

On choosing her major: I chose Political Science because I am passionate about equality and civil rights, and I want to make a difference in the criminal justice system. I added Psychology as a second major at the end of my sophomore year because I like studying the science behind the way people think. I also wanted to have two majors to diversify my experiences and education.

Campus involvement: I was president of College Democrats, president of Pi Sigma Alpha, vice president/social media coordinator/secretary of Planned Parenthood Generation Action, and vice president of the Behrend Political Society. I also was a resident assistant for two years, as well as a member of Behrend Leadership Scholars Psychology Club, and Psi Chi, and I have been involved in musical theater.

What makes her unique: I am driven to help individuals from all walks of life.

Her mission:  I am passionate about using my privilege to give a voice to those who are silenced or marginalized.

Advice for first-year students: Don’t think that you have to stay in the major you decided on when you applied or started at school. Be open to opportunity and to exploring what Penn State has to offer.

Parting thoughts: I would like to thank all my professors and others who have helped me get to where I am today. I would not be here without all that support!

After her graduation, Mallory plans to work for a year or so to gain some experience. Then, she would like to attend graduate school to major in forensic psychology.


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