Studying the British roots of the US Criminal Justice System

Shieliene Vineyard Start Date: Dec 19, 2017 - End Date: Jun 18, 2018
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Study/Degree Abroad
  • London, United Kingdom

My Travel Story

by: Shieliene Vineyard Start Date: Dec 19, 2017 - End Date: Jun 18, 2018
  • Educational/Research Trip
  • Professional Development
  • Study/Degree Abroad
Ever since I was little, I have had an interest in the criminal justice system and forensics. The unanswered questions and the deeply embedded mystery and roots of other cultures are fascinating. I spent most of my life thinking that I could do just about anything and that I would someday be the person that would help solve crimes and bring criminals to justice. I lost my way for a while after I graduated high school and when I was diagnosed with Lupus. I believed that all I would ever be able to do was work a desk job due to the vast unknown world that Lupus creates. So, that is what I did. I spent the next 17 years doing desk jobs. Never pushing myself to enter the career field I had always dreamt of, until one day, at the age of 35, my fiancé convinced me that I should and could finally do what I have always wanted to do. I took the chance and applied to go back and earn my BA in Criminal Justice with the end goal of finally getting a job in forensics. I pushed myself through the first semester and I finished with a higher GPA than I have ever had and ended up getting an invitation to study abroad in London. I couldn’t believe it, that I had done so well that I could possibly have this opportunity. I read through all the information and decided to take the leap, I committed to my position in the program. Getting a scholarship to help me pay for this opportunity will help me to further educate my self about those deeply embedded roots that I have always been so interested in. I want to learn as much as I can and even more than I need so I can be the best possible person for the jobs I will be applying for once I graduate. This is a chance of a lifetime and I need all the help I can get so I can put the stress of finances behind me and focus on my education and future career.

I have always been told that I was too nosey. My exes were never able to keep anything from me and my children have learned that lying to me is pointless. My intuition and ability to spot the out of place has forever been my secret skill. I don’t want this skill to be a secret any longer. I want to use it to its full potential in my future career as a forensics investigator and being in school right now and learning all I can about the criminal justice system, will only make this skill stronger.  I can’t wait to use if for something other than sniffing out a cheater or being able to always know when I’m being lied to. When I graduate from ASU, I intend on being better than the best and pairing my secret skill with my new knowledge in order to help solve the unsolvable, to bring justice to the abused and forgotten. There are far too many crimes that go unsolved or innocent people being charged due to things being missed or overlooked.  I will become a very well educated and trained nosey professional and I plan on being the nosiest of them all.
  • London, United Kingdom

Updates

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  • An Incredible Gift

    Yesterday, I was given a a gift. An amazing, thoughtful, wonderful gift. A friend of mine, whom I met through my last job, wrote me a check for $1,000 to go towards this opportunity that I have. I can not even begin to express how grateful I am for this incredible gift. It is people like this, that give me hope that I will be able to take this trip and not have it cause undue stress to my fiance. This check is the start, the beginning of getting this trip to be affordable. Please, even $20 helps, $5 helps! It's a few dollars closer to re leaving some stress. I am already having to make changes to my wedding because of the loss of my job. Help me keep this! Thank you for anything you can do!!