Christopher S. Marlow, M.S. in Criminal Justice – Justice Administration Student
Current occupation: Police Sergeant
What made you decide to pursue your degree as an adult?
As I was promoted in my agency, I came to realize that I was almost behind the curve a little bit. We were doing a lot of hiring, and many of the new people were already highly educated, some with Master’s Degrees. I was not happy with the feeling that I was becoming stagnant, and in an effort to further my career while still being able to compete with those coming in, I decided that it was now or never.
Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?
I knew Tiffin had a reputation for their Criminal Justice programs, and one of our other Sergeants is a Bachelor Graduate from Tiffin. With that in mind I also knew that they offered a nice discount for active members of the Fraternal Order of Police which would make the price tag manageable (it saved me $7,500). All of this coupled with the fact that I could do it entirely online, made the decision easier. I have a varying and hectic schedule and a classroom just wasn’t going to be an option.
What has been your experience with the program so far?
The experience has been good. Although it has been through a computer for the most part, I have made contact with individuals with similar backgrounds and interests from all over the country. I have also found the teaching staff to be very diverse, also with similar backgrounds and interests.
What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?
I have found that the program has gone by very fast. Before I knew it I was already halfway there, and the next thing I knew, I was applying for graduation. That and I have never been one to quit.
What advice would you give to someone who is thinking about going back to school?
If you’re not doing something, you’re doing nothing. Do it sooner than later. I waited too long. I have learned over the years that I am capable of far more than I think I am if I just push, even just a little. Get up, get it done, and pursue something worthwhile.
TU’s motto is: Without risk there is no gain. Can you tell us about a time when you took a risk and what you gained from it?
I dropped out of college many years ago to take a job in law enforcement. I had a dream and I grabbed it when it was in front of me. I then made sure I finished my degree, but that risk has brought me to where I am today. It has put food on the table, put a roof over my family’s head, put my daughter through college, and now it’s putting me through this program. One day, when it is time to depart this earth, I want my family to be able to say that I did something worthwhile and good. Without risk, there is no gain.