Meet Cameron, one of the helpful faces behind Safer Badgers. When classes first went remote last spring, Cameron moved back home to Elkhorn and her family got a puppy — a yellow Labrador named Mando. And while Mando adorably made quarantine a lot more exciting — playing fetch and interrupting Zoom lectures — he just isn’t much for conversation. And Cameron — a human development and family studies junior on the pre-physician assistant track — really misses meeting new people. That’s one reason she enjoys being a health technician at UW–Madison’s COVID-19 testing sites, where she helps students, faculty and staff understand the new testing measures and complete their tests. “I love being able to talk to so many people,” Cameron says. “With COVID, I do not get as much social interaction as I’m used to, so it’s so nice to be able to get a sense of it at work.” Cameron loves running and working out, and she looks forward to being able to pack Camp Randall or enjoy concerts again — like that amazing Illenium show she and her friends saw at the Sylvee, a few months before Madison’s music venues shut down. Until then, Cameron is glad to help keep the university moving forward. “We all play a role in keeping this campus safe,” Cameron says. “And as a testing technician, I feel that I get to actively help keep campus open by ensuring that testing is running smoothly and safely.”

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