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Criminal Justice Student Spotlight: Sarah Hargis


March 8, 2013 http://www.southuniversity.edu/whoweare/newsroom/blog/student-spotlight-sarah-hargis

At South University, we strive to create a supportive, engaging community for our students. To help you get to know the inspiring and talented individuals who make our community so special, we’ll be featuring more students, faculty and staff on this blog in the coming months. Today, we’re sharing a Q&A session with one of our Criminal Justice students, Sarah Hargis.

Q: What motivated you to continue your education?
A: Teenagers and victims of sex crimes. Twenty-five years ago, I was a victim of sexual assault and I was too afraid I would be in trouble to tell anyone. Now, I want to have closure and help other victims, while also trying to prevent it from happening to someone else.

Q: How did you decide which program to choose?
A: Since I have been a victim and I had no guidance through it, I have decided to be there for others in the same boat. I also want to get into the minds of criminals to find out why they do these things. Is it their up-bringing, environment or what?

Q: How did you decide online learning was the best choice for you?
A: I am an epileptic and have been since I was 8 months old. I haven't been able to drive because of it, but I am not going to let that stop me. So here I am, an online student going for my Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Q: What has been your proudest moment in school?
A: My proudest moments have been when I received Dean’s List certificates, which has happened four times now. Another proud moment was when I was accepted back into South after I had a really bad seizure and couldn’t keep up with classes in 2010.

Q: We believe that peer-to-peer interaction is important for online students. Have you met a classmate or student who has played a part in your success?
A: I know a few on Facebook, and we talk and guide one another through motivation. The only South student I have spoken to via phone is my former finance counselor. He is going to graduate the same year as I am, so I hope we can meet at the ceremony in Savannah, GA.

Q: Why did you choose to go to South University?
A: I actually started at another school, and I am glad I changed schools. South advisors are there for you no matter what is going on in your life, not just in school. Whether it is something to be happy about or sad, they understand and help me through it.

Q: Anything else you would like us to know about your experience at South University?
A: South is awesome! The people there help and guide students to a better life and career. I want to thank South University for accepting me back to class after I had my really bad seizure in 2010. I have made a total turn around in my classes with their help and guidance.

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