Degree: BS Criminology & Justice Studies ’21
Concentration: Justice Policy
Minor: Legal Studies
Research Interests: Areas with high shooting rates and their demographics (I will be going to the American Society of Criminology meeting in San Francisco to present my research.), Wrongfully convicted individuals in Pennsylvania (I will be doing an independent study dealing with this.)
Extracurricular activities: Treasurer, Criminal Justice Society; Treasurer, Alpha Phi Sigma; Student Ambassador, Andrew L. Hicks Foundation, Collegiate Debate
Awards: AJ Drexel Scholarship, Drexel Dragon Scholarship, Dean’s List
What led you to choose your major?
I had taken a few criminology courses, but it was CJS-101 with Dr. Dickinson that really helped make my decision. I enjoyed learning about the background of our criminal justice system, and overall the class was very fun and interesting.
Coolest experience you’ve had through your major?
Students in the criminal justice major took a trip to D.C., and it was definitely the coolest experience. We were able to go to places that you cannot on regular tours, like the Supreme Court and the Pentagon.
Why would you recommend your degree program at Drexel?
The major is small, which makes it easier to become close with your professors and make connections. The professors at Drexel are all brilliant — they really help you out. The co-op experience is amazing. With this major, there are many opportunities to do an internship on top of your co-op to gain more experience. For example, I’m currently doing an internship at Murphy Immigration Law firm.
Why would you recommend the CJS program at Drexel?
I would recommend the CJS program at Drexel because of the professors’ vast backgrounds and incredible knowledge. We are a small department, so every student knows every professor on a first-name basis. The professors care about you and want to see you succeed. Everyone who works in the department is willing to help with class material or research, or even just to chat about the newest serial killer documentary. They care a lot, and it really shows.
What advice do you have for a high school student looking for an undergraduate program?
Pick something that you are passionate about and like to do all of the time. Don’t just choose something because it is lucrative; choose your major based on something that you want to learn more about.
What are your goals for after graduation? What do you hope to do with your Drexel degree?
I plan to go to graduate school. I would like to continue research that would potentially help improve our criminal justice system.