Explain your career path
After graduating from SEMO, I took a leap of faith and moved to Washington DC in order
to become a federal police officer (during the great recession). After a brief time
as an officer with the Department of Army, police riots became more prevalent I moved
into a loan officer role and eventually learned computer code in my spare time. After
teaching myself necessary code and database management I was hired as a Software Configuration
Engineer for the Submarine Maneuvering and Control Division at the David Taylor Model
Basin in Potomac, Md, home to the worlds largest wave maker.
What was your major at Southeast and what led you to that?
My major was in Criminal Justice, and I chose that degree due to the great recession.
I knew finding a job post graduation was going to be very difficult, but there would
always be a need for police officers. That essentially guaranteed me a job with a
pay check to pay back student loans.
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
I chose Southeast because it felt like home to me.
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
My biggest influence was my adviser not because he was so helpful, but truthfully
because he didn't believe in me. He didn't think i was good enough, or a hard enough
worker, or someone who was able to be successful in life. His consistent pessimist
attitude drove me to succeed.
Share your best college memory.
My best college memory was the first day. Meeting and greeting all the new faces and
getting to know so many new people and who they were as individuals.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?
Parking illegally doesn't come with rewards, but excessive parking tickets.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment?
Just being happy and able to live comfortably and fortunate to travel the world.
How did your education at Southeast prepare you for what you are doing today?
My education allowed me to be gainfully employed, and build a foundation for a successful
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing
a career in your professional field?
It doesn't matter what professional field you choose, as long as you choose something.
If you can dream it, you can become it. Your education/major doesn't define you or
how successful or how much money you will make. How you build yourself after graduation
is what determines your success.
What do you wish you had known before graduating and entering the "real world"?
Not myself, but for everyone who i see struggling. FINANCES and INTEREST. Loans are
no joke and when it comes to student loan payments, many graduates cannot make those
payments and live a comfortable lifestyle. It is important to understand interest
rates, and how to save money for the future.