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Majors and Minors: Criminal Justice (Major) Criminology, Psychology, Sociology (Minor)

Year: 2014

Why did you choose Criminal Justice as your major?

I always saw myself working in a field where I could help others and make a positive impact. Majoring in Criminal Justice allows me to do that and actually see first hand the difference my job as a police officer makes in people’s lives

What did you like most about it?

The thing I liked most about the Criminal Justice Program was the staff’s willingness to help and teach their students. I loved their enthusiasm and desire for not only their profession but also teaching.

What is your current position, what do you, and what do you enjoy most about it?

I am currently a police officer at Rutgers University. The thing I enjoy most about my job is interacting with the students (especially those interested in working in law enforcement). I love attending career fairs, giving presentations, and teaching members of the community the job that we do as police officers and answer any questions people may have.

How did you move from that first job to your current position?

After working as a security officer for a year and a half and gaining work experience in the criminal justice field, I applied for a position as a police officer at Rutgers University. After multiple rounds of interviews and passing psychological and medical exams, I was hired and sent to train at the Monmouth County Police Academy.

Looking back, what classes or experiences at Rutgers would you point to as contributing to your successes?

The experience I would point to contributing to my success would be my involvement in the Criminal Justice Organization. The organization allowed me to work closely with the staff members at the Criminal Justice Program as well as network with individuals from all over the criminal justice system.

What advice do you have for our current Arts and Sciences students?

My advice for the current students of Arts and Sciences would be to get involved with the organizations and clubs made available by the school. It is a great place to network and make friends with others interested in the field you are studying in.

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