Chris Katt

Why Georgia Southern University?

There is one huge reason I chose to attend Georgia Southern University. It was not related to academics, but knowing that this school offered my major was a big plus. I chose to attend Georgia Southern University because I wanted to play division one soccer in the Southern Conference, and I really liked the coaching staff, facilities, and the guys who I know call my team mates. I mainly chose Georgia Southern because of soccer; it was a well-known fact to my family and friends that I would not be choosing a college for their prestigious academics or for their great history in my major. I love to play soccer, and, for the most part, I am glad that I am playing in college. There are times when playing collegiate soccer consumes my life and keeps me from doing a lot of things which most other college kids are doing, but I am also on scholarship which is a privilege that many people do not get. I have come too really like the little bit of the Criminal Justice department that I’ve seen here at Southern (I’ve only taken two major focused classes so far) even though it was not my main reason for committing to this school. I think there are a lot of great people involved that want to prepare their students for a future in the Criminal Justice system, and from what I’ve seen, the teachers have been very interesting and fairly knowledgeable. The courses offered at GSU seem to be fairly similar to other schools in the Southeast which I have looked at, and I am content with what I would be learning if I decide to stay here until I graduate.

If I was born without any athletic qualities, and I didn’t have this opportunity to play college soccer, I would most likely not be attending Georgia Southern. My family lives in Western North Carolina, and I also have a lot of family in Florida, so it could be possible for me to go to school in Florida, but it is more reasonable to think I would be attending an in-state school with my friends from high school. I think if I had to choose to go to a different school, I would have probably applied and hopefully been accepted to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The main reason I would’ve chosen Charlotte is because of my friends, but because of my research for this paper I found that UNCC has one of the top Criminal Justice programs in the country. From what I can gather, their curriculum looks a lot larger than the curriculum here at Southern. They have a lot of classes which pertain to Law Enforcement and also Corrections. Charlotte also seems to have a really good internship program with local law enforcement agencies which work in the same community as the school. This kind of local internship opportunity is not found at GSU, as far as I know.

Chris Katt

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