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Deja Bryant

Liberal Arts Major(s): Criminology, Sociology
Hometown: Aurora, Illinois

What was the best part of your experience?

The best part of my experience was being able to network all over the D.C. area. I met people who did everything that I want to do. I learned about opportunities that I could have in my future that I would have never thought of. I really enjoyed being able to experience what it is like working in a major city. I learned so much about myself and how strong I really am.

I learned about opportunities that I could have in my future that I would have never thought of

How did this experience impact you academically?

I figured out that I want to continue my education after I complete my undergraduate degree coursework. I have decided to begin applying for law schools. Being able to experience the things I learn about in class in my actual life was amazing. I fell even more in love with law and crime.

How will this experience impact your career goals?

This internship helped me figure out what I want to do with my life. I always knew I wanted to do something with crime, but I did not know what exactly. This past summer, I was able to map out my plans and the goals that I want to accomplish. I know what I want to do as my career and the steps I need to take to get there. I am excited for my future.

How has the Paterno Fellows Program had an impact on this experience?

The Paterno Fellows Program had a huge hand in allowing me to attend this internship. I did not find out I officially got the internship until two days before I started. Luckily, I had already applied for funds and received them. I was able to pay for my gas to get to D.C. and a place to live for the three months I was there. Without the enrichment funds I may not have been able to get to D.C. in time or pay for a place to live.

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