Jennifer McKay, M.S. in Criminal Justice – Forensic Psychology Student
Current occupation: Deputy Clerk of Court
What made you decide to pursue your degree as an adult?
When I got married in 1990, I had put my education on the back burner while I started my family. After 20 years of marriage and plenty of self-sacrificing, I decided to do something for myself, and I returned to college.
Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?
During my under grad a professor suggested Tiffin University based on my specific interests in Psychology and the Law. Then after listening to a special speaker at our community college from Tiffin, listening to alumni talk about their experiences during orientation, and touring the campus, I became even more intrigued by the program. I fell in love with the small, home-town feel of the campus after my tour.
What has been your experience with the program so far? What has your experience been with the teaching staff in the program?
I completed the program in December of 2018 and am currently anticipating the graduation ceremony in May of 2019. My experience within the program has been invigorating to the mind. We have have learned so much about the intricacies of how psychology and the criminal justice system are intertwined. The faculty helps to drive the learning experience with high expectations for success. They were compassionate, experience-driven, and definitely cultivated a great learning experience.
What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?
What kept me motivated was my drive to succeed and a clear focus to the commitment that was required to reach my educational goals.
What advice would you give to a prospective student who is thinking about going back to school?
It would definitely have to be to stay focused and to make sure that you are ready to make sacrifices in order to reach your educational goals. Also, be sure to make connections from early on that may be beneficial for your career goals.
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?
Starting my master’s degree is what I believe to have been a huge risk for me especially the timing of when I entered in the program. You see, my son was killed in a tragic accident 4 months prior to me entering the Forensic Psychology program. He had just recently graduated from basic training as a Military Policeman in the Ohio National Guard, and he had made me so proud as his mother. So, when I decided to pursue my Master’s Degree, it was with the idea of doing something that would have made my son proud of me… but I have gained so much more. I gained a wealth of knowledge, a feeling of self accomplishment, new goals to pursue, and some lifelong friendships. Without risk, there is no gain.