My name is Stephanie Velasquez. I am a sophomore at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and currently majoring in Forensic Psychology. I have always been obsessed with shows like Law & Order and C.S.I, and even more obsessed with books based on murder cases. In my senior year of high school, I took psychology and I fell in love with the course. When I learned that a major in “forensic psychology” existed, I knew that it was for me. I still don’t have a clear-cut dream career in my head or even know what my future has in store for me, but I do know that I am studying what I love. Although I attend school in the Big Apple, I am actually from a small neighborhood in Morris County, New Jersey. For me, the saying holds true: “Small town, big dreams.” In less than four years, I will be the first in my family to graduate from college, but I don’t plan for my schooling to end there.
Aside from school, I am usually working. I also enjoy volunteering. Recently I have been involved in community cleanups and volunteering with Special Olympics. I began volunteering with Special Olympics my freshman year of high school and have loved it ever since. Special Olympics is an organization for special needs athletes and it's something that I hold very dear to my heart because it really has impacted me as a person. If there is one thing I have truly learned from volunteering with individuals with needs is that there will always be someone that has it way worse and isn't complaining, so why should I?
Overall, I am a dreamer and I'm excited for what the future has in store for me, but I am nervous about growing up. I'm ready to climb over obstacles and I'm ready to accept set-backs. I'm taking the days as they come but grasping every opportunity that comes my way.