Emily Keill, MS in CJ – Forensic Psychology
Current occupation: TU Graduate Assistant for Career Services Office
What made you decide to pursue your degree as an adult?
I decided to further my education because I want to be able to help victims to the best of my ability. To do so, I would need a master’s degree.
Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?
I attended Tiffin University for my Bachelors in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Forensic Psychology. Being at Tiffin for the past four years has changed my life for the better. This campus is my home. I instantly felt like I was part of the TU family when I chose to come her four years ago. Naturally, I did not want to leave, so I decided to continue my education here because I know the professors care about my success.
What has been your experience with the program so far? What has your experience been with the teaching staff in the program?
The MS Forensic Psychology program has been great so far! I love the small classroom size because it is easier for the professor to take time to help each student understand the material. I was a bit nervous about the program because I wasn’t sure how similar it would be to my undergrad experience here at Tiffin.
So far I have had great interaction with faculty! I have met them during their office hours and they have all been more than willing to go over information with me. The professors here want you to ask them for help. They want to see you succeed to your fullest potential.
How are you juggling work, life and going back to school?
Balancing life as a grad student has its challenges, but it is possible. I remind myself everyday that there are so many people who have their masters degree so I can do it too!
The best advice I have for someone starting their masters degree would be to set aside homework time every single day. I know it seems like a lot, but if you get into the habit of doing assignments and reading every night it becomes part of your normal routine and you don’t have to worry about cramming in homework time at the last minute. My last piece of advice is you are the only person who is stopping you from learning. You get out of it what you put into it. You have to want to be here to succeed.
What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?
My motivation comes from my future clients. I want to become a victim advocate and I know if I do not complete my degree then I can not help people to my fullest ability.
What advice would you give to a prospective student who is thinking about going back to school?
My advice to someone considering it would be just do it! You are only wasting time by waiting. You are the only one who can make the decision. If you do it now then your future plans can begin now!
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?
A great example of without risk there is no gain in my life is the time when I chose Tiffin University as my home. I did not want to attend a school 500 miles away from my friends and family, but I could not stop thinking about how much Tiffin felt like home to me. I decided last minute that I really wanted to go to Tiffin University for my bachelors degree and I am so happy I did!