Why did you choose ECU?
I chose East Carolina University as a fallback university. After attending two years, I came to the realization that this university is my home. ECU is diverse, educational, and an exceptional college experience. I have had the opportunity to transfer, but the university is one of the best choices I have made thus far.
Why did you choose your major?
After reading my first Sherlock Holmes or Harvey Boy novel in grade school, I was highly interested in the law enforcement field. Criminal investigations, criminal profiling, criminal historic stories, etc have been a fascination of mine since I was a child. Criminal Justice fits my personality and interests perfectly.
What would you tell potential students who are considering your major?
I would inform potential students to prepare for descriptive and scientific lectures around the field of criminal justice. I would also tell the students how lucky they are to have the opportunity to be taught by professionals like Mr. Honeycutt, a retired SBI agent of 30 years, Dr. Sorenson, a well-known researcher, and other exceptional professors, such as: Dr. Kerbs, Dr. Jones, Dr. Cundiff, Dr. Bonner, Dr. Sihuan, and Dr. Anderson. If the student is interested in the CJ major, they will be lucky to learn under ECU’s prestigious scholars.
Have you participated in any internship or undergraduate research opportunities?
I have not, because Criminal Justice majors do not have the opportunity to do internships until their final semester. But I have volunteered for the past three years for the Criminal Justice Career fair. I have been able to network greatly with agents from the FBI, ATF, and SBI. I highly advise underclassmen to take this annual opportunity to build networking ties with federal agents.
What other activities are you involved with at ECU and/or the community?
Besides being a member of the Dean’s Student Council, I am involved heavily in Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society, and the ECU Club Boxing. I am Vice President for both organizations. When I am not on campus handling these two organizations with the Presidents, I am a Resident Adviser at Fletcher Residence Hall also.
Do you have any other hobbies/interests?
My hobbies and interests reside in boxing, reading mystery novels, and researching online about high profile criminal cases. I was introduced to boxing by East Carolina University’s Club Sports, and I have been heavily involved with the club for the past three years. I work out once a day, and I also lead practice for the recreational members. When I’m not in the gym, I am usually reading about criminal incidents or historical criminal cases.
What is your best ECU memory?
ECU and Chapel Hill are the only NC universities that offer a boxing club. ECU Boxing has been my best memory. While learning to box, I have built important traits that I will be using in the future. These traits would be leadership, discipline, and the ability to handle failure, but working harder to continue achieving my goals. I have been able to travel to San Francisco, University of Maryland, University of Georgetown, and along the East Coast through the boxing club. I will also be traveling to Dublin, Ireland in March to attend a bout. Overall, boxing has helped my personal development while at ECU.
How has your experience at ECU changed you?
Boxing, the professionals of the Criminal Justice department, and all of the leaders across campus have changed me. Since attending East Carolina University, I have come to the realization that I am a leader. During my four years, I have investigated the means of becoming a greater leader and building my growth. ECU has assisted my development, and I am honored to have attended this university.
What are your future plans (grad school, job, travel, etc.)?
My future plans are to attend graduate school. I plan on obtaining a Master’s Degree in International Crime and Justice or a Master’s in Protection Management at John Jay’s Criminal Justice University. If this falls through, I am hoping to obtain a Master of Science in Law Enforcement Intelligence and Analysis at Michigan State University; or I plan on staying in Greenville for a few more years to obtain a Master of Arts in International Studies at ECU.
What would be your dream job?
My dream job would consist of working for either the DEA, FBI, Homeland Security, CIA, National Security Agency, or Department of Defense. I would like to work in high profile criminal cases in one of these federal agencies. I do not want to limit myself, but if I could choose any…I would work for the DEA’s K9 Unit! Woof!