Lindsay, 24, wanted to be a spy when she was little.
She remembers being disappointed by "spy kits" that came with stickers and toys rather than real tools for conducting investigations. When she grew up and found that she was reading criminology books and watching crime documentaries for fun, Lindsay decided to pursue a career in criminal justice. "I finally realized that I don't have to just play with stickers," she says. "I can really go out and do something with this."Learn More About the Criminal Justice Program
Last summer, Lindsay lived out her dream of skydiving for the first time.
"It was just me, the ocean, the Cape, and sunset," she says. "It was awesome." She's planning to take other risks in her future career, namely breaking out of the hierarchical structure of law enforcement to really address problems. She plans to start out at the Boston police department then transition into social work and advocacy. "I'm getting this degree to be someone who has a voice that's respected but then has something intelligent to say behind it that's actually going to make a difference."Learn More About the Criminal Justice Program
Jose, 20, is working toward his bachelor's degree in criminal justice, planning to go into law enforcement and continue the work he’s doing with troubled youth at a Boston community center.
Or he might follow in the footsteps of his mom, a judge, who encouraged him and his siblings to graduate from college, no matter what. Jose values higher education because it teaches people to challenge different perspectives and speak up.Learn More About the Criminal Justice Program
As a reward for completing two years of college, Jose saved up and bought himself a watch.
It keeps him grounded. "A watch is reality. Minutes always go by," he says. "This is what keeps me motivated. 'I'm going there, and it's gonna take me this amount of time.' That's why I love watches."Learn More About the Criminal Justice Program