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Matthew Anderson

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Major: Criminal Justice Studies

Hometown: East Bridgewater, MA

"I really feel as though, with all of the great organizations, activities, and plans that are currently underway, the level of pride on this campus is rising."
 
How do your major and minor fit into your life's plan?

My major and minor have provided me with the knowledge and background I'll need in the law profession. The criminal justice program is unique because it's based around the study of crime, not just preparation for a career in law enforcement. My philosophy minor has also helped me think and analyze critically. Everything in my major and minor have been critical in helping me develop the skills it will take to succeed in the criminal justice field.

 

The course content and diversity of courses have impacted my beliefs on many topics, sometimes reaffirming my pre-conceived notions and sometimes changing my views and pre-conceived notions.

 

After graduating with a bachelors in Criminal Justice, I plan to attain my paralegal certificate at either Boston University or Suffolk University - which will help me in my overall goal of going to law school.

Tell us about something you're involved with here and how it's changed you.

I'm the vice president and chair of the Policy Committee of the Student Senate, which represents the student body as a whole—undergraduate, graduate, and all colleges within the university. As Vice President of the Policy Committee, I listen to students' concerns about the campus—what they think should be done to make this university better. This role has helped me make faculty and student connections throughout the university, and working with other driven students has motivated me to make a difference. I really feel as though, with all of the great organizations, activities, and plans that are currently underway, the level of pride on this campus is rising.

Why did you choose to attend UMass Dartmouth?

I chose to attend UMass Dartmouth because of the programs it offers. If I didn't enjoy my major, there were several others that I thought were equally interesting and still would prepare me for law school.

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