Advice For Students Interested In Forensic Science
- I've wanted a career in the forensics field since I was a child and I found that constantly seeking out information from local law enforcement agencies throughout the years helped me receive a more realistic understanding of the field. Forensic science is often portrayed very differently on television, and meeting with professionals in the field helped set a lot of those discrepancies straight.
- I chose to attend Pace University because it is very veteran friendly school, is located in a great area, and has both undergraduate and graduate programs in forensic science (Which is very rare!).
- If you are looking to live in a particular area, check out the programs at some local schools. Forensic Science is a very specialized degree, so when a school offers it, it's easy to find.
- There are plenty of resources when it comes to finding internships and/or other opportunities to get experience within the field. Forensic seminars, often held at schools, are a great way to network with forensic professionals.
Advice For Veterans Interested In College
- Transitioning from an active duty life to a civilian life can seem very stressful but it is extremely rewarding. There are so many tools that are available to veterans. Whenever you do choose a school, they will have a VA representative on hand. They can help you with G.I. Bill issues, disability, and even employment opportunities. It may be overwhelming at first but always remember that there are so many people who are there to ensure that you as a veteran are taken care of.
- My biggest piece of advice to individuals who are thinking about transitioning is to have a plan. Start looking at colleges, BAH rates for college zones, and programs anywhere from a year to two years out.
- In the military there are a few departments you can go into that may be able to set you up with STEM career opportunities after you are discharged. A large one is any medical squadrons on base. I know many medics and lab technicians who have transitioned to the civilian side of their military jobs. If you are interested in learning more about STEM programs before leaving the military, many hospitals, laboratories, and other science-affiliated jobs love giving military individuals the opportunity to see what they do for a living.
- One of the things I believe I benefitted from most by joining the military before college is the structure. As an active duty airman, I learned how to be organized and prioritize. If I would have went straight into my forensic science program after I graduated high school, I don't think I would have had the focus and discipline that's needed toward such a degree. At age 26, I am ready to give my all to my education.