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Hello, my name is Alyssa Diaz. I’m from a small community called Roscoe, in Sullivan County, New York. As a matter of fact, the town I live in is so small I attended pre-k through 12th grade all in the same school in a class that never fluctuated to more than 20 students at any given time. After graduating high school in 2016, I decided to attend my local community college SUNY Sullivan, where I’ll be graduating in May 2018 with my AAS degree in Criminal Justice.

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Alyssa Diaz, class of 2018 with Transfer Advisor Klu Padu.

I’ve majored in Criminal Justice throughout my time here at SUNY Sullivan and correspondingly I was introduced to the forensic aspect of law enforcement. My interest in this field was immediately ignited. I knew this was what I wanted to do in the future. I almost instantaneously began researching and looking for institutions that had adequate programs that would further my experience and desire to become a forensic scientist in the future. Syracuse University was not only one of those universities, but my number one choice by far. Not only for its exemplary forensic science program, but also for its sports teams and my love for basketball.However, similar to a majority of families these days, Syracuse was not a financial option for my family and I. Despite the financial issue, I was not ready to give up on my dream of attending just yet. Accordingly, I studied hard and worked even harder to raise my GPA even higher in hopes that it would open up some financial possibilities so I could fulfill my dreams.

When my Transfer Advisor Klu Padu told me about the chance to receive a full scholarship to Syracuse University I knew that the opportunity I’ve been waiting for was knocking and I was more than ready to open that door. Although I felt the interview process went well, I was filled with nerves for weeks waiting to hear if I had been granted the scholarship. Weeks passed then I finally got the call that I had received the scholarship. Filled with joy, I immediately approved my acceptance into Syracuse University. I plan to attend Syracuse University this coming fall 2018 to study Psychology and enter the Forensic Science program. I hope to earn my bachelor’s degree and begin a career as a Forensic Scientist. I’d like to thank my Transfer Advisor Klu Padu, Syracuse University, and most importantly Alan Gerry for blessing me with this once in a lifetime opportunity.