03 April 2009
A Day in the Life of an SBBCollege Student: Jorge Godinez, Criminal Justice

I go to school at night. Even so, an average day for me consists of waking up at 7:00 am to take my oldest daughter, who is 7, to school. Then I go to the gas station by my house to get my morning cup of coffee. At around 9:00 I take my wife to school. She also attends SBBC. When I get home I make breakfast for my 3-year-old daughter and spend most of the morning watching Nick Jr. with her. Then at noon we make lunch. By then I’m hoping to have the television, which doesn’t happen. Come 2:00, I take her and my 8-month-old son to pick up my wife and my oldest from school. At around 5:00, I get ready for my classes.

I am going to school for criminal justice. Right now I am taking classes in criminology, criminal investigation, and introduction to law enforcement.

In my criminology class I am learning about the ways to study crime trends and how they affect different social classes.

In criminal investigation I am learning about how crime investigation first began. A man named Pinkerton was the first one to investigate crime. He was also the one in charge of protecting President Lincoln. Pinkerton warned Lincoln about an assassination that turned out to be a hoax. When the public learned of this they laughed at the President. So when another plot was discovered by Pinkerton, President Lincoln didn’t want to look like a fool. He decided to go to the Ford Theatre which resulted in his assassination. The Pinkertons were also responsible for the capture of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid.

In my intro to policing class I am learning about how police departments were first formed and how they operate. The first American police department was formed in Boston in 1838. Over the years policing has grown dramatically and has become highly modernized.

So far I have learned a lot during my time at SBBC, and I know that there is much more for me to learn. I have maintained a 4.0 GPA three terms in a row, and upon my graduation from SBBC I hope to be valedictorian.

Anyone reading this can benefit from going back to school just like I have. The work can be challenging but I know that if I stick with it, a great career is waiting for me just around the corner. I must admit at first I was a little skeptical to be back to school, but I know now that it was the best decision I ever made. So I welcome anyone who is ready to change their life to join me at Santa Barbara Business College.

- Jorge Godinez, SBBC Criminal Justice

 


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