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5 YEAR PLAN

I will begin attending Merced Junior College in the fall of 2018 for my Associates

Degree with a transfer in Criminal Justice. I will also be working on my general education at this

time, and I plan to stay at home in order to save money and be closer to the college. With the AP

classes I’ve been enrolled in and received college credit for, I predict this will take around 1 or 1

½ years to complete. During this time, I will apply for a job at the Merced College Campus

Police. After this, I will transfer to CSU Stanislaus to obtain my B.A. in criminal justice, with

accompanying minors in forensic science and legal studies. I plan to continue in my studies and

obtain a Masters in forensic science as I progress in the field. As far as careers go, I’ve

anticipated a career in the analytical side of law enforcement, such as detective investigations,

since I was 13. I have a passion for legal studies and look forward to studying law and learning

more about our justice system. The fields of law enforcement and legal studies have always been

topics of interest for me, but it took some years of exposure to realize that I could mold these

interests into a career.

While I’ve been blessed with a supportive family that has encouraged my academic

pursuits, I have seen both opposition and dissuasion in the face of my chosen career path. Far

from discouraging me, these doubts have actually helped me to fully realize and accept the

struggles latent in this line of work. I’ve pushed myself harder in recent years, and the 200+

hours of exposure I’ve received in the Police Explorers program has only shown me that I thrive

in stressful situations, and that I have the ability and aptitude to step up to a leadership position.

In fact, I’ve held some type of leadership position in nearly all of the school clubs I have

participated in. From Art Club President to FFA Greenhand Historian to Corporal in the Police

Explorers, I’ve learned to be fast on my feet in a wide variety of situations. I’ve seen that the
ability to quickly adapt to the environment and use the resources at one’s disposal is crucial in

problem-solving.

In my junior year of high school I took a forensic science extracurricular course, which

partially shaped my interest in the investigative law field. My first experience actually working

with law enforcement began in the Merced Police Explorers program, in which I was trained in

standard police procedure and given the opportunity to work alongside some of the best police

officers in Merced. In the two years I’ve been in this program, I’ve earned over 200 volunteer

hours through directing traffic and pedestrians at parades, school events, and other community

activities. I’ve been promoted through the ranks starting as Explorer and am currently a

Corporal. The Explorers program has afforded me the opportunity to work in sometimes highly

stressful scenarios, in which both conflict resolution and solid decision making skills were

essential.

I’m currently employed as an In-n-Out associate as of January 15, 2018. I will work for

the duration of my college education to pay for tuition. In my 3rd year of college (my first year at

CSU Stanislaus) I plan to intern for a forensic science lab. As I won’t be able to work in the law

enforcement field until I’m 21, which is also the year I will be graduating with my Bachelors in

Criminology/Forensic Science, I plan to use the intermediary time to build upon my forensic

science portfolio and experience. Most forensic labs require either a major or a minor in biology,

chemistry, or forensic science. I will also need to have completed my sophomore year to apply.

Starting as an intern in a forensic lab will be a good introduction into the field, and I hope that I

will have gained enough experience to be able to transfer directly to a city crime lab after I

complete my college education.