Why did you choose Hodges University to further your education?
I chose Hodges University because their satellite campus at Pasco-Hernando Community (now State) College made it very convenient for me to further my education. Not only was the campus close, but the night classes fit into my work schedule. I was impressed with the curriculum and degrees offered, and I obtained a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies.
What challenges and/or obstacles did you face while obtaining your degree? How did you overcome them?
Though Hodges University tried to make obtaining my degree as easy as possible, I still faced the same challenges every student faces when obtaining a degree. I had very supportive professors, but the course work was often difficult, requiring more time, effort, hard work and determination than I even thought possible. It meant many late nights and weekends spent at home rather than out having fun. Furthermore, like many students at Hodges, I was working while I was obtaining my bachelor’s degree and dealt with personal hardships like being diagnosed with a medical condition.
Describe your experience at Hodges University?
I really enjoyed my time at Hodges. My favorite memory is during class one night in the interdisciplinary studies program. As part of the class, all of the students were able to do an exercise in diversity by playing a game. It allowed us to learn more about one another and the struggles our fellow classmates might be facing. More importantly, we learned everyone has a frame of reference developed from their background that changes the way they act and perceive things. This was an eye opening realization and something I remind myself of constantly in both personal and professional relationships.
Who was your favorite professor while you were at Hodges and why?
I had two professors during my tenure at Hodges. Professor Wrench and Professor Harbour. Though they had different teaching methods, they both had a new and interesting way to teach complex concepts in the simplest and most understandable way possible through real world examples.
What is the one thing you wish you would have done or taken advantage of during your time at Hodges University?
Since I was on a satellite campus and taking night classes, I did not get to take advantage of the activities on the main campuses of the university, and I wish I could have been able to do that.
What is your current profession and where do you work?
I am an assistant state attorney in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. After graduating from Hodges, I went on to obtain my Juris Doctorate.
What led you to your current position?
I have always been interested in the law since I was 14 years old. I was drawn to my current position while doing volunteer work at a program called Youth Court, a diversion program for delinquent youth.
How has your Hodges experience had an impact on your career and who you are today?
Hodges was a stepping-stone on my way to achieving my ultimate goal of becoming a lawyer. The knowledge I obtained during my bachelor’s degree continues to help me in developing interpersonal connections in my career and understanding others, which is a skill important for my line of work.
Tell us about your greatest accomplishment, professionally or personally.
My greatest accomplishment is that, through the help of Hodges University, I was able to become a licensed attorney by the age of 20. I started college when I was only 14 years old. At 16, I enrolled at Hodges to obtain my bachelor’s degree. In less than two full years, I graduated summa cum laude and went on to law school. At first, people who didn’t know my drive and determination doubted me. But after a while, through the help of some incredible schools and a family who would do anything for me, I was able to achieve my dreams of becoming one of Florida’s youngest lawyers.
What advice do you have for current Hodges students?
It is tough. If getting a degree were easy, everyone would be doing it. There will be late nights, frustration and some tears. But if you keep going, you will amaze yourself at what you can achieve (like writing a 60 page research paper from start to finish in 15 weeks). It will all be worth it in the end.