Feature Stories 2022: Rohan Kirlew '22: Opening my eyes

Rohan Kirlew is a crime and justice studies major from Falmouth, MA
Rohan Kirlew is a senior crime and justice studies major from Falmouth, MA.
Feature Stories 2022: Rohan Kirlew '22: Opening my eyes
Rohan Kirlew '22: Opening my eyes

Senior crime and justice studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences

Can you describe UMass Dartmouth in one word?


What drew you to your major?

I was always drawn to the legal aspects of things. I really enjoyed that the crime and justice studies major wasn’t just about the laws of society, but also how our society came to be as it is today in relations to the justice system.

What’s your favorite thing about UMass Dartmouth?

The diversity and how well they try to incorporate diversity and our differences in everyday campus activities.

What was your favorite class and who was your favorite professor at UMassD?

I’ve learned so much within my crime and justice classes that I can’t simply just choose one. However, the professors that radiated most with me has to be Dr. Heather Turcotte and Dr. Katie Krafft. These professors went above and beyond for their students before, during, and after the pandemic.

Can you describe your internship?

My internship at NorthStar Learning Centers has opened my eyes to some real-world problems our society faces today and taught me be more appreciative of everything that goes on behind the scenes. Working with the youth of New Bedford, I got a glimpse into different paths available to them, and the importance of steering youth down the path of education, maintaining jobs, and other things. In relation to law enforcement, this experience will help me better understand and handle troubled or misguided youth. 

Did you participate in any clubs or sports at UMassD?

Initially I was skeptical about joining the rugby team, but it has been one of the things that has kept me grounded in this rollercoaster of events over the last four years. I now look at my teammates as my brothers and I would never change the experience I have attained through playing such a sport.

Do you have any other experiences you’d like to share?

My experience with College Now has been nothing short of amazing. They are the main reason why I call UMassD home. They are always there to help no matter how big or small the deed.

What advice would you give to younger UMassD students?

Don’t lose sight of the end goal.


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