Major: Criminal Justice
Residence after graduation: Indianapolis, IN
What will you be doing after graduation?
I will be working as a loss prevention detective for the TJX Companies, Inc. I will be traveling to several different Marshalls store locations in Indiana and aiding in the stores security, company shrinkage, and safety.
Why did you choose SJC?
I chose SJC because of how small the campus was. When I visited, I loved the community atmosphere. I also chose SJC because I wanted to be a part of the track and field program. The coaches, Athletic Director and Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Bill Massoels '89 and Assistant Track and Field Coach Joe Koczan ’01 made me feel very welcome.
As a student, what was your experience like at SJC?
As a student, my experience was helpful. I loved how small the classroom sizes were and the one-on-one time I got with teachers.
What experiences did you appreciate most in the Department of Sociology?
I enjoyed having guest speakers/alumni come in and talk about their experiences, as well as opportunities that are out there for us.
How were the faculty members in the Department of Sociology helpful to you?
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology William Hartley, who was also my advisor, had the biggest impact on me. He was very encouraging with words of advice and wisdom.
How did the Core Program prepare you for employment?
The Core Program helped prepare me for employment by teaching me how important it is to have open views. Not only did it teach me to have open views of other individuals, but it also taught me to have a better understanding of the world. I struggled with my faith for years, and Core 9: Towards a Christian Humanism specifically helped guide me and strengthen my faith.
What advice would you give to a prospective student looking to major in Criminal Justice at SJC?
I would advise them to do an internship or get some type of experience in the Criminal Justice field. Criminal Justice is a broad field, so having an idea of what specific field they're wanting to go into would also be helpful.
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