Parole Officer — Department of Corrections
Explain your career path
I am a Parole Officer at the Eastern Reception Diagnostic Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, MO. I absolutely love my career I chose.
What was your major at Southeast and how would you characterize the quality of that program to prospective students?
Criminal Justice-Corrections I chose this major after speaking to a few mentors in the CJ field. I told them where my heart was and they gave me a potential path. I chose the path and I could not be more happy. I am proud to tell people that my degree is from SEMO.
Why did you choose to attend Southeast?
My mother graduated from SEMO. Also the CJ staff is amazing!!
Who influenced you most during your time at Southeast?
My biggest influence was Ms. Krieger in the Criminal justice department. She was a teacher, friend, mentor and confidant. She always rooted for me. She pushed me even when I didn't know how to keep going.
Share your best college memory.
My best college memory is going on prison tours with Ms. Krieger and Professor Blasdell. It was so much fun and informational. We laughed so much on those trips. Thanks for being a huge part of why I am where I am today.
If you were in Greek Life, the Honors Program or any other student organization, please tell us about that experience and how it impacted you.
Obtaining the job I wanted.
What is the most important thing you learned while you were at Southeast?
I learned I can do more than I give myself credit for.
Describe Southeast in three words.
Strong United Proud
What advice would you give current students or recent graduates interested in pursuing a career in your professional field?
Keep going even when it gets hard! The end result is worth it.