Q&A with Crystal, a Waco campus resident


Crystal - Resident at Methodist Children's Home

Crystal, a resident on the Waco campus, spent a week at a Criminal Justice camp sponsored by Sam Houston State University. She was able to get a scholarship for financial assistance to attend the event with the help of Betty Morrow, school coordinator, and Angie Hammond, science teacher, for the University of Texas University Charter School on the Waco campus. Crystal had good grades and wrote a great essay which were requirements for receiving the scholarship.

Crystal was excited about sharing her experience with us.

Q: How did you learn about the camp?
A: I was searching for colleges that had criminal justice degrees because I initially was interested in forensic science. When I was on the Sam Houston State University website I came across the information about the camp for youth in high school. It looked really interesting and fun.

Q: What did the camp involve?
A: The camp lasted four days and 16 youth attended. We all stayed at the University Hotel on campus. We attended classes daily learning about all the careers in law enforcement. There were speakers from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Agency, State Troopers and a K-9 unit. We were able to tour the Texas Prison Museum and the Montgomery County Jail. We also participated in a mock crime scene.

Q: What did you learn that really surprised you?
A: I always thought that I wanted to be a forensic scientist. I learned that this profession is not like it is portrayed on television. There are so many paths you can take with a criminal justice degree. I found the U.S. Marshall’s job very interesting. I enjoyed being on the SHSU campus and hope to attend the university after I graduate.


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