I know what it feels like to be in a sea of college students. As an undergraduate at a state university, I was surrounded by what seemed to be billions of students trying to find their way through the system. I knew I wouldn’t be able to achieve my full potential if I continued my college education at a large, state school, so I began the transfer process. And I’m glad I did.
When I discovered the criminal justice program at Bay Path College, it was the place for me—an affordable, high quality education and a tight-knit community. During my first semester, I soon found out that professors actually respond to your e-mails and wanted you to approach them with any questions or concerns. They always encouraged my desire to serve where there is a need and helping those who can’t help themselves. Professors and staff gave me the personal attention that I wouldn’t have received at the state university, and even connected me with a great internship.
Receiving the John J. Kull Criminal Justice Award* during my senior year was a great honor, and it really moved me that the eyes of the Criminal Justice Department and the College see me as that person who can make a difference in the lives of others. By learning from experts in the field and a hands-on internship with the West Springfield Police Department, I’m prepared to begin graduate studies in criminal justice and the next stage of my career, becoming a military policing officer in the Army.
During her education at Bay Path College, Lauren participated in the following activities:
*Lauren was recognized with the John J. Kull Criminal Justice Award in 2010 for her exemplary behavior throughout her college career. In honor of John J. Kull’s long career in law enforcement, the $100 award is given to an undergraduate who displays the characteristics of an outstanding, law enforcement professional. She is currently attending graduate school at Westfield State University.