"I came up to Adelphi and went on a tour. I loved it! I love the atmosphere. The campus is beautiful, small, private. The surrounding village is nice as well."

Criminal Justice Major
Transferred from Montgomery College

Jordan King decided to pursue Criminal Justice as a major because, simply, “I want to help people, period,” he said. “Criminal Justice is a way to help people and it’s always been, to me anyway, a very interesting field to go into.”

More specifically, he said, “Being an investigator is my goal. I would love to eventually become an investigator for the Department of Justice. I feel like in this field of work, there will never be a dull moment and who wants to be bored with their careers?”

For Jordan—who transferred in Spring 2012 from Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland—Adelphi’s main attractions were proximity to New York City [23 miles] and the look and atmosphere of the Garden City campus.

“I always wanted to live in New York City,” he said. “I researched schools in the New York area and Adelphi was one of them. Pace, NYU and other schools in the city were too expensive and didn’t offer my major. So I came up to Adelphi and went on a tour. I loved it! I love the atmosphere. The campus is beautiful, small, private. The surrounding village is nice as well.”

Measuring the pros and cons of being a resident student, he said, “You get the full experience of being a college student. I love the hall I live in. Most of my fraternity brothers are there.” As for the cons, he added, “I don’t have a car on campus so I’d say that’s a con—not being able to get off campus when I want to.”

Jordan is active in numerous campus activities—from the Criminal Justice Club and Adelphi’s Amnesty International Chapter to the Badminton Club, Pi Lambda Phi and Tau Sigma. In addition, he’s a mentor in the Entering students Excelling through the Contribution of Experienced Leaders (EXCEL) program and, since spring 2013, one of the first four transfer ambassadors at Adelphi. (For an article on the latter, see the Fall 2013 issue).

Having worked the Transfer Transition Days last summer, Jordan has some ideas on how to improve those events. “[That’s] a great way to introduce transfers to Adelphi, but it needed a little something more—a little more interaction with the students, a little more fun, I suppose. …I felt that while people found the day informative, they expected more,” he said.

After considering the role of transfer senator, Jordan ultimately was influenced by his workload. “This semester, honestly, is not the best for me, so I decided against it,” he said.

Not surprisingly, Jordan feels transfers should participate more in student activities. “I realized early on that I had to break out of my shell,” he said. “I’m not the most outgoing person in the world but, through pushing myself to join clubs, I have grown a lot. It is possible to do student activities on campus and not overextend yourself. “

As for the future, Jordan, a student in Adelphi’s University College, said, “I will walk in May of 2015.” His favorite faculty member: Assistant Professor Stephanie Lake. Jordan has not only been in her classes since he started at UC but in the Criminal Justice Club, where she is the adviser—“and she’s always been very helpful,” he said, adding, “She is now a permanent fixture on all of my résumés under references.”

Mary Plotas, another Maryland native and transfer student, is also a criminal justice major. Mary, who transferred from Kent State University, is a member of Adelphi’s field hockey team. In her AU Panthers Web profile, she expressed interest in becoming an FBI agent.

This piece appeared in the Spring 2014 Issue of the Transfer Student Newsletter.

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