Skyler Feuerstein '20

Majors: Criminal Justice and Communication

Why this major? 

I chose criminal justice as a major because I have always had a profound interest in my community and serving others. I have been a member of the New Holstein/Kiel Police Cadets for the past four years and have had many opportunities to serve in my community. I am grateful for the relationships and connections I have developed over the years with both departments. Carroll University has furthered my opportunities to continue the passion that I have in helping others. Using the knowledge I have acquired can enhance the understanding and outcome of a variety of situations.  

What is your career objective?

My career objective is to become a police officer with the intention of using my additional  communication background to advance in the field of criminal justice. After gaining experience in the field of law enforcement, it is my goal to use my skills with a federal agency in the future. Knowing the skills I have gained, it is my aspiration to be able to effectively relate to and help different individuals when they need it the most. 

How has what you’ve learned prepared you for your future?

I have been able to learn the foundation of the criminal justice system and the unique areas covered throughout this major. With my career choice it is essential to apply this knowledge to gain better understanding of the complex justice system. Courses such as criminology, juvenile delinquency and criminal law have elevated my perspective and degree of certainty that this is the career for me.

Have you had opportunities to work closely with Carroll faculty?

Carroll has given me the opportunity to grow as an individual and treasure the unique relationships I have endured in both of my majors. The small class sizes at Carroll allow students to develop a close relationship with professors. Developing these relationships has helped with the success I have experienced to this point in my college career. 

What is the most memorable experience you’ve had in your education at Carroll?

During the fall semester of 2018, I was challenged with writing a research paper for Methods of Social Science Research. This research paper required in-depth studies into a specific topic of interest. It was a semester-long assignment which took a lot of focus to complete. I still ponder all of the conceptual outcomes that resulted from my research.

How has Carroll enriched your growth as a person?

Choosing to double major in criminal justice and communication certainly has its challenges, but the program has allowed me to explore other opportunities throughout the university. My work-study opportunity at the Department of Public Safety as a dispatch fellow relates perfectly to both of my majors. I also enjoy being a member of the men’s golf team and being able to participate in a collegiate sport while maintaining other responsibilities. 

What would you say to someone considering criminal justice?

Majoring in criminal justice will give you the background knowledge needed to create a deeper understanding of the justice system in the United States. Choosing a major that can be very diverse is comforting because you know that there will be positive opportunities in your future. The criminal justice major at Carroll University can be very rewarding and can elevate your understanding and perspective on different situations that will be experienced throughout your career. 

How has financial aid made a difference in your life?

Financial aid from the university and outside sources has made a tremendous difference in my education. Being able to attend a university that strives to reward students with the best possible financial aid is very reassuring. 

What’s your favorite place to study on campus?

My favorite place to study on campus is the Learning Commons. The Learning Commons is a unique space that Carroll offers in the library that can provide you with assistance in almost every subject. Studying in the Learning Commons allows you to meet up with friends, work on homework or even meet for a group project. There is always a positive and comforting atmosphere while you are there. It is definitely one of the reasons as to why many students, including myself, choose to utilize it.

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