Joseph Harris, MS in Criminal Justice Administration
Current occupation: Police Officer
What made you decide to pursue your degree as an adult?
I decide to pursue my degree as an adult because I felt that I was in the right place to hop back into things. I’ve always been big on education and looking to further my career and I’m at that point in life, where I want to continue building upon my education.
Why did you choose to study at Tiffin University?
I chose to study at Tiffin for many reasons, but mainly because of their reputation in the Criminal Justice field. I also chose to go there because they are a very military friendly school and I’m using my military benefits to help pay for things. They also offered a discount for being in the Ohio Patrolman’s Benevolent Association, as well as credit for some supervisory classes I’ve already taken with my job.
What has been your experience with the program so far?
My experience so far with the program has been spectacular. I’ve been really impressed with their online classes, which far exceeded my expectations. Compared to other online classes I’ve taken in the past their program is much more user friendly and easy to understand.
My interactions with faculty and cohorts have been very positive. Everyone seems very friendly and eager to help if you have any questions or concerns.
How are you juggling work, life and going back to school?
I live by a daily planner and have everything written down on what’s going on and when things are due. Right now I have school, two children with a third on the way, work and running for local school board all going on at the same time. Sometimes it seems like there isn’t enough time in the day for everything, but sticking to my daily planner and making sure I’m caught up and don’t miss anything is essential to making everything work. You also can’t forget to have some time to yourself just to clear your head and decompress.
What keeps you motivated to stay in the program?
What keeps me motivated to stay in the program are both short and long term goals. I always set goals for myself and praise myself once one of them is met. I set goals for each term and semester on finishing classes and assignments. I also want to see myself finish the program and earn my degree. Earning my degree will be a major milestone in my life and in my career. One day I aspire to be the Chief of Police and I know that it’s going to take a lot of hard work and commitment to get there.
What advice would you give to a prospective student who is thinking about going back to school?
I would say thinking about going back to school is your first step. Do your research on what you want to achieve out of a program and what that program has to offer. Make sure you have the time to put in and that your family is there to support your decision. Make a list of goals, both short and long term and stick with it. You will have your degree in no time.
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 took a risk going back to school. I was afraid that I wouldn’t have the time to commit with everything else going on in my life. I’ve learned that you can do anything you put your mind to. I took this risk to help further my own education and to further my career. I’ve already learned so much for myself and can’t wait to apply this in a new role in my career.