Emanuel Segarra

Criminal Justice/ Accounting 2016

Special Recognition: May 2016 Student of the Month

Semester of anticipated graduation:
September 8, 2018

Career goal:
My career goal is very transparent. I plan to be a U.S. Marshal while possibly investing in a car garage business where they would build custom, old classic cars. I want to live in Texas and possibly pursue my bachelor’s degree in accounting while working in the criminal justice field.

Tell us a little about yourself and your life:
I am 20 years old and I work in the Office of Student Financial Services. I have always loved the field of criminal justice because I want to protect and help as many people as I can. I always try to be happy because that is just my personality, and I believe in treating everyone with respect because that is how it should be.

What are your hobbies/extracurricular activities?
My hobbies include art, collecting sneakers, working on old muscle cars, expanding my education, men’s wear and sports, which is my biggest hobby. I love staying fit and just being involved in any sport.

What has been your favorite class at Hodges University?
My favorite class at Hodges University has been Survey of Forensic Science. I loved the class and enjoyed it! The activities and projects within the class were very fun and educational at the same time. Professor John W. Long was outstanding, and the class overall was a memorable experience. I wish I could have more classes with him.

Who are some of your favorite professors and why?
Some of my favorite professors have been John W. Long, Dr. Bernadine Carter, Andrea Fortin and Jeffery Jones.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I faced was when I was taking three classes. I had a lot of work to complete and three research papers due in a matter of two weeks. I ended up surpassing the expectations and ended up with all As. I did this because I found myself while struggling. I could not fail and this was not where I saw myself being. I am always confident in myself when it comes to education, so I continued and was inspired to pick up another degree in accounting.

What does receiving a degree at Hodges mean to you?
Receiving a degree from Hodges means the world to me. It means completing a project I have been working toward for years. The amount of effort, time and commitment I incorporated into getting my degree showed off the person I am, but I will not stop here. The degree I receive from Hodges is a piece of me that I will always carry.

What is one piece of advice you would give to students who are considering Hodges University?
Acknowledge that this university is like a family, and understand that they care about the students more than anything. It feels like another home. I recommend all students consider coming to Hodges because my image of college was completely changed. If you are serious and want a quality education, Hodges University is the place for you!

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