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Photo of Brandie PomeroySenior Brandie Pomeroy is experiencing college a little differently than most students — and that’s because she’s not just a student. She also serves as a full-time campus safety officer at Olivet College, complimenting her studies as a criminal justice major with concentrations in corrections and law enforcement. Brandie doesn’t feel like she’s missing out on the traditional student experience; rather, she feels like her role with campus safety is allowing her to become more deeply connected to the College.

I truly enjoy being a full-time staff member and a student because it has allowed me to build friendships with a wide range of people. It is unique as I get to experience the College from both the side of a student and a staff member, and it’s great to have that full experience. As an officer, I have the responsibility of answering phone calls/emails, responding to calls, writing reports and locking/unlocking campus buildings. One task that has been assigned to me specifically is training new members of the Campus Safety team. They shadow me while I am working and I teach them the ropes throughout the shift.

As a criminal justice major, my career goal is to work as a correctional officer at the county level, meaning within a county jail. I am working toward this goal by maintaining dual concentrations in corrections and law enforcement, as well as taking the steps to participate in the corrections academy here on campus.

All of the criminal justice professors have had a profound impact on me. They have encouraged me throughout my entire time at Olivet College by reminding me that I can overcome any personal obstacle or academic assignment. They have encouraged me to further my education through attending a master’s program or law school, and they have told me how I have the work ethic to better myself. I am truly grateful for my relationships with Professor Phil Reed, Professor Mike Sherzer, Dr. Regina Armstrong, Professor James Armstrong, Dr. Andrina Morence and Professor Lisa Sherman.

In addition to my class work, I am a member of the Criminal Justice Honor Society. I joined because I wanted to build friendships with other students who are interested in the same career field as myself. I have loved being a member of the society, and was even able to serve as vice president for three semesters and president for two semesters.

A group of 26 people stand on a stage, comprised of college leaders and students who have just completed the Women's Leadership Institute program.

Brandie with the 2018 graduating class of the Women’s Leadership Institute.

I also am a graduate of the Women’s Leadership Institute, which was an amazing experience as I made life-long friendships, and I was able to expand my leadership skills.

I would encourage a student to attend Olivet College because the campus size allows you to grow as a person while getting a quality education; you’re able to bond with your professors while becoming a better version of yourself.  I want students to know that they should not be afraid to step outside of their comfort zone, whether this means joining a club or bonding with a sports team. You need to make memories while growing as an individual.

Being a Comet has allowed me to become a leader as I have learned how to be more outspoken and prepared to work in my future career — I have learned so much academically and personally! I couldn’t have asked for anything more out of a college experience, and I am forever thankful for Olivet College and all it has offered me.

Learn more about Olivet College by contacting the Office of Admissions at 800-456-7189 or admissions@olivetcollege.edu.

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