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Criminal Justice
School of Arts and Sciences
Rutgers University–New Brunswick

Colin's Story

Growing up in Monmouth County, Colin was inspired by his grandfather who was a World War II veteran. He joined the Junior ROTC program at Colts Neck High School and then attended the U.S. Air Force Academy for his first year of college. He transferred to the University of Maryland for his second year, eventually taking a hiatus to travel overseas. When he arrived at Rutgers in fall 2016, everything seemed to fall into place. Colin majored in criminal justice and minored in political science. He was able to reconnect with the Air Force, entering an 18-month ROTC program. He also found time to join the Rutgers Triathlon Team. Looking back, he said, his collegiate life really started clicking when he entered Rutgers. He can vividly recall the day when students set up tables to enlist new members for clubs and activities. “Everyone is so helpful and friendly—it just appealed to me right away,” he says.

Colin will join the U.S. Air Force as a second lieutenant pursuing intelligence training at Goodfellow Air Force Base in Texas. Prior to starting his military service, however, he will teach English in Taiwan and study Mandarin as a recipient of a Fulbright Grant. Although he hasn’t decided on his career, he’s interested in law enforcement at the federal level, such as with the FBI or Department of Homeland Security.

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