Criminal Justice, ColumbusErica

“I want to work in the criminal justice field because I had a lot of trouble when I was young and want to help the kids like at the youth home where I’m working nights. People are always amazed at how good I am with the children. It feels good to know that they look forward to me coming in. When I get there, my co-workers are relieved. They always tell me to never take a day off again, so that feels good.

“Seeing myself in a cap and gown is the main goal and nothing will get in my way!”

I understand these kids that are struggling. I know where they’re coming from. One day I hope to open up my own youth home but I know it’s not possible without an education. I’m in my third semester of a two-year degree, and I know there’s no going back now. I am fully invested in walking across that stage. Seeing myself in a cap and gown is the main goal and nothing will get in my way!

What would I tell new students who are wondering how to juggle everything, like family and work and children? I would just say, ‘Don’t give up.’”

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