Past, Present, and Future Growing up I did not have much encouragement to get an education beyond high school. In fact, I swore I would never go college. My words exactly were, “I am not crazy enough to finish 13 years of school just to go back for another 4 or more and have to pay for it!!!” The thought was absolutely ridiculous. Then I started my first job at Sonic Drive In. I saw grown men working hard in the kitchen and sweating over a hot stove all day everyday. Suddenly a college education was very appealing. At the age of 17 I moved in with my now husband who was 25 at the time. He was in college finishing his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. I was a senior in high school. As soon as I finished, with his help I enrolled
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Someone in my department told me to just reprint it and forge the signature. I did not do this. I went to my manager the very next morning and told her about the missing document. She instructed me to call the customer and find out if he had the document. Sure enough he did and mailed it in right away. Through my ethics class, I learned that majority of the time when one chooses to do the right thing the outcome will be a good one.
I did not have a rough life as a child but I did make some bad choices without understanding the possible consequences and long term effects. During my education I took a juvenile justice course. I quickly realized that many people are critical of juvenile delinquents. I jumped on the defense right away. Although the course has not helped me in my current career, if I one day become a juvenile probation officer, I know that I will have some education about the juvenile justice system under my belt. Right now my career goal is to learn as much as I can where I am working and in five years take the LSAT and apply for law school. In five years I anticipate being able to not work and go to school full time during the day while my three children are in school. I would like to be a prosecutor. However, I would also like to learn more about family law. If I decide not to go to law school, I would like to be a juvenile probation officer.