Meet Chelsea Berube our December CJ Student of the Month

posted in Criminal Justice on December 7th, 2015

chelsea monthYou are a super student, the CJ student Ambassador, and the CJ club president. Were you always this passionate about the Criminal justice field?

I can see how one would assume that I have had my career goals set for the Criminal justice field  for my whole life, but it wasn’t until I took my first class in CJ at YCCC that I realized my passion. At that point I had no idea what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I was taking “Intro to CJ” and I loved it! It was the first time that I had enjoyed school. I loved reading my textbook and learning new things about the field. I even liked doing my homework! 

I enjoy Criminal Justice so much that my entire life now revolves around it. This just goes to show you that you can excel in anything if you are passionate about it! 

What are your interests outside of Criminal Justice?

A great deal of my free time is spent doing ride-alongs or other details with local agencies, and I keep a copy of 17-A on my bed side table, but I’m not a complete CJ geek; I do have a few other interests as well. 

I enjoy my fair share of outdoor activities. I hunt, fish, hike and 4-wheel as much as my schedule allows. My son is nearly 3 years old and I do my best to include him in all of these activities. Luckily he shares most of my interests. He has even told me that he wants to be a police officer when he grows up!

You are finishing up an internship at the Sanford Police Department this month. How was that experience?

My internship with the Sanford Police Department has been an extremely valuable experience. I am fortunate to have been given the opportunity to work beside some of the best detectives around. I believe that my experiences with them have been slightly outside of the typical intern experience, and for that I am grateful. All the things I have been studying about in the classroom I now have real world knowledge of. 

My supervisor, the Detectives, and the entire department have been great to me. I wouldn’t trade this experience for hundreds of hours of classroom instruction!

What are your career plans after you graduate in May?

As May approaches I am thinking more and more about exactly where I will go from here. I am hoping that I will be picked up by a local municipality, and spend the beginning of my career working in the Patrol division of a department in a town I know well. I have been preparing myself mentally and physically for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, as well as arranging my home life to function in my absence. I really do hope that this is where the beginning stages of my career will take me, but there is no way to know until I get there. Realistically, I will take any really good position that becomes available to me.  

What advice do you have for first year CJ majors just getting started here at YCCC?

I stress this to everyone who will listen, the best thing for your career is to get involved and stay connected! This will make your time at YCCC fly by with ease and it will set you up with many of the skills and contacts needed for your future career. I definitely didn’t get where I am today by being the quiet one in class. Join clubs (especially the CJ Club), get to know your instructors and fellow students, put in your best effort in class, and never hesitate to get involved on campus and in your community. 

Any final shout outs or words of wisdom to share?

I would like to give a special shout out to YCCC Criminal justice Faculty, Tracey Cornell. Without her I would never have discovered my passion for criminal justice. She does her best to make sure that every Criminal Justice Student is doing well in their classes and that everyone is on board with decisions that will effect their education. She is not only great at what she does, but she’s actually really cool. If you don’t know Tracey yet, I suggest that you take the time to reach out and get to know her, I promise it will benefit you somehow in the future.