Thursday, April 16, 2015

Career Goals

Image result for understanding the criminal justice system As a Criminal Justice Major, my career goals are to understand different aspects of law enforcement or criminal procedures and be able to apply them to everyday life and conversation. In other words, I want to know why the police do what they do, know what they are allowed to do and how they do it, know how courts work and why they work that way, understand prisons and their functions as well as life after being in prison. Basically, this all interests me and is a career goal of mine because we all as citizens here in America will encounter these things in our lifetime. I'm not saying that we are going to be arrested or go to jail but we all interact with police officers or see things on the news that we wonder about or enjoy watching television shows like Law and Order and NCIS. Knowing this information that I am learning at USA helps me to inform others that may not know how these things work, as well as help clarify concepts that the average person does not understand about the criminal justice system.
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So far at USA I have had great success reaching these goals and striving towards my uncompleted goals. The further that I have progressed in college, the more specialized the classes have become. With these specialized classes, I have had professors that are experts in their respective fields that help me understand concepts and procedures that in turn allow me to do the same for my peers. Being able to obtain this knowledge and then spread it to those around me is what I have loved most about learning it all the past 3 years. The more I share it and teach it, the more I understand it and am comfortable having conversations about it. USA has helped me tremendously to strive day by day towards my goals.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

My Word to Describe Being A South Student

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If I had to pick one word to describe being a student here at USA it is Dream. As you finish high school and get ready to come to college you are preparing to embark on the next part of your life, most notably, the part where you get the information and the opportunity to fulfill your dream. Whether your dream is to be an artist, engineer, lawyer, doctor, or biologist this is the part of your life where you get to be in control of that dream. That to me is the most inspiring thing about being here in college. At USA I am in control of my dream and knowing that this is the last part of my life before that dream gets to actually happen inspires me to keep working and studying and sharpening my mind with the tools I need to make my dream come true. So here at USA I have no better word to describe being a student than Dream.

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring Time at USA!

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So since spring is officially here I thought I'd share with you what I love about USA during this time of year. It seems like summer is just around the corner, the semester is almost over, and with the weather warming up the beach or the pool is definitely the place to go. Since USA is so close to the beach, it is extremely easy to take a day trip or even go for the weekend to enjoy yourself and get away from school for a little while.

If you don't have the time for that though, the outdoor resort style pool at the rec center is the next best thing. There is a whirl pool, basketball goals, volleyball nets, music playing and this is an easy escape right here on campus to come and relax even during the week.
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You can go with your friends to hang out or by yourself to just relax for a bit and take a break from studying. This is one resource that I highly recommend you take advantage of here at USA during this time of year.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Why Should You Attend College?

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One question you might be asking yourself as your senior year is almost over is why should I attend college? Besides the obvious answers like build a better future for yourself or better job security, one reason I feel it is important to go to college is because you have the opportunity to focus in and learn all about the specifics of one particular area, if not more than one. You have biology, philosophy, criminal justice, nursing, engineering, business, and the list goes on and on. While you are in college you have the chance to learn about things that a lot of people will never know or even hear about. For example, with my major being criminal justice, I know why certain laws are what they are and how exactly they are applied. I know about the Miranda rights (remain silent, anything you say can and will be used against in the court of law, you have the right to an attorney etc.) that we all see on television shows. I know what police officers are allowed and not allowed to do. I know how court proceedings work and what each stage of the court actually means. I know about corrections and research methods and how investigations are carried out, and I would not have know about any of this stuff had I not come to college. This can be said for a variety of other majors as well. While in college the possibilities of knowledge you can obtain are endless. If you find an area that interests you and you are passionate about then you will learn to crave the information and think that it is pretty cool every time you learn something new.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Out of class

My favorite out of class activity is by far to go to the rec center.
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Basketball is one of my favorite sports and I try to play at least once a week in the rec.

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It also has a rock wall which is a lot of fun and a lot of work at the same time. And if I ever need a game that really challenges my mind and is a lot of fun also, ping pong is definitely the way to go.
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There are weights you can lift, a track to run on, and when it gets too hot there is an awesome resort style pool outside.
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There is plenty to do in the rec center for everyone. Mostly I enjoy being in the rec with my friends because we are getting to hang out while we are exercising and having a great time playing whatever sport we decide to play. You can literally spend all day in there and if you ever need a break from studying I recommend heading to the rec center!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Most Difficult Aspect of College

So far in my college career I've experienced quite a bit that a lot of students never even think of. The most difficult thing about college itself is knowing that there are classes you have to take that you won't necessarily enjoy. For a lot of students that you talk to math is the subject that will really create anxiety but for me it is by far literature. I absolutely can not stand literature, I feel like I always over think or over simplify something and can never get it just right. Image result for literature

However, this is something that every student goes through. There is some subject or class that you won't be looking forward to and so instead of dreading it I tried to find a way to cope with it and conquer it.
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I came up with a process that would help me through the semester and get me through this class. 
1. First was to go to class. Far too often if someone doesn't like a class, they won't go and that is actually the worst thing you can do because whatever you might learn in class you definitely aren't learning at home.
2. Ask as many questions as you can about the material to make sure that you are on the same page as the professor. Plus if he or she knows your face and your name then you are more likely to get a good grade in the class. 
3. Make sure to set aside time outside of the classroom to at least look over your notes if not more to ensure that you are getting extra practice in. This refresher can go a long way to helping you get a good grade and it also helps that you are seeing the material more than just when you get a study guide. 
4. Create unique ways to study the material. Whether it's with a group or flashcards or some type of reward system, make sure that you not only study the material, but study in a way that you are sure to remember. 

If you follow this process for your more difficult classes you will definitely feel more confident about the class and significantly increase your chances of getting a good grade!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Why I picked my major

So the whole point of coming to college is to get an education and earn a degree of some kind. For me that degree will be in Criminal Justice.
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But why Criminal Justice? For me, like a lot of people, it all started when I was a kid. I thoroughly enjoyed playing cops and robbers and watching cops on TV as well as other cop related shows such as law and order. Also the older I got, the more the legal system just fascinated me. Knowing which laws applied where, how they were applied, and why they were created in the first place is one of the coolest things about Criminal Justice.
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Another key part of me choosing Criminal Justice was that I also understood from an early age that there are bad people in this world. As a result of that I knew that I wanted to help keep the world safe from these people. So like most kids I wanted to be batman. (my favorite superhero by the way)
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However, since I'm not a billionaire like Bruce Wayne I decided that the next best option was to educate myself on how to put criminals away from a legal standpoint. Another reason I wanted to educate myself on the law is so I know what I'm allowed to and not allowed to do. In everyday conversation you hear people either complaining about what the police are or are not doing. So knowing what they are allowed to do helps me to educate others that might be ignorant of certain procedures.
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Another side of Criminal Justice that has grown to be entertaining the more I've been in school, is court procedures. Understanding how police and detective work transitions to the court room, for things like lawyers, judges, civil cases, and criminal cases is important to understanding the criminal justice process
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I hope I gave some good insight as to why someone would choose to major in Criminal Justice, ultimately my passion for wanting to do good and make a change for the positive in this world is what pushed me the most to choosing this major.