Alex | Class of 2013
Hometown: Maple Grove, Minnesota
Major: Law Enforcement
Involvements at UNW: Criminal Justice Club
Why did you choose Northwestern, and why did you choose your particular major?
I knew I wanted to go into law enforcement, and when I learned that there was a college that would teach me how to go into this field and be an effective witness and servant for Christ, it was a no brainer!
When/how did you decide what major you wanted to study?
I have known I wanted to go into this field for many years. It is a very large field so what I have been wanting to do in the field has changed every once in a while. However, the best way to know if it's the right major or not is to get involved with the field by volunteering before or even during college.
Why is Northwestern a good place to study psychology/criminal justice?
Criminal justice and law enforcement are fields with a lot of darkness, there are a lot of broken people and people who are very vulnerable, looking for help, often times in life threatening situations. Northwestern prepares criminal justice and law enforcement students to face and help these people in the name of Jesus Christ. Northwestern teaches students to become lights and leaders in their fields where there is little light.
Most influential class so far?
My most influential class so far at Northwestern would be Criminology. In this class, students are taught the mindset of those committing crimes and are chronic offenders. In doing so it allows students to find ways of reaching the individual regardless of where your job may be in the criminal justice system.
Most influential psychology/criminal justice professor?
There is not one criminal justice professor that has not made an impact on my life and the way I view criminal justice and law enforcement. If I had to pick one however, it would be Ghlee Hanson. Professor Hanson has taken particular interest in every student that she has in her classes. Whether it would be praying with them, clearing up a difficult topic, or helping the student make connections in the professional field, Professor Hanson shows that she is here for the students. It is obvious that her goal is to make students effective lights in their field in the name of Jesus.
How have you changed as a student at UNW?
I have change at Northwestern as a student in how I face academic challenges and learn how to seek out answers without having to lean on anyone for the answers.
How have you been stretched and challenged at UNW?
I have been stretched and challenged at Northwestern in a number of ways, the most important being taking ownership of my faith. Meaning not just going along with what people say about Jesus but learning what it means to have a personal relationship with Him and what it is like to want to serve Him with all my heart!
What do you value most about UNW?
What I value the most about UNW is that Christ is in the center of everything that the college does. Whether it be sports, student-faculty relationships, or academics, Jesus is placed at the forefront, which is such an encouraging example of how we can do the same in our fields.
What would you like to do when you graduate from Northwestern?
Up till a little while ago, I was going into federal law enforcement, but I am changing to be more focused on community policing within a local police department: working with kids, vulnerable adults, and being able to help those who cannot help themselves. Not only protecting the community but also serving it.
What is something that surprised you about Northwestern?
I think people don’t know about the criminal justice/law enforcement majors at UNW. I am involved in these fields outside of UNW, and agencies know how good of a program it is!
What would you share with other prospective students considering your major at UNW?
Criminal justice does not only mean law enforcement. There are hundreds if not thousands of careers within the field of criminal justice and even law enforcement!