Grad of the Week: Elise Gonzales

Elise Gonzales

MCU is pleased to shine a light on a few of our students who are members of the Class of 2021 and are candidates for graduation for Spring 2021.

What is your major?
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology.

What are your hopes and plans for after graduation?
In terms of my career, I am very much still exploring the different aspects of careers within Criminal Justice. I really hope to keep learning about different things and to always take advantage of the opportunities that are being offered to me. I hope not to let myself be brought down and instead learn from my mistakes.

What have you been involved in while at MCU?
I was more involved with my professors than joining clubs, which I absolutely regret not doing it. However, speaking to my professors and asking them questions has truly helped shape my mindset in terms of my future.

What is your favorite memory of MCU?
Meeting different people and connecting with one another. When you need help, there is always someone there to guide you.

What advice do you have for other students?
If you make mistakes, it is okay.  Analyze the wrongs and the rights.  Feel whatever emotion you may be feeling, but just remember to always learn from it and continue onward.  Such experiences give life a little bit of spice.

What was your favorite experience at MCU?
Being able to meet real people who worked within the government, FBI, DEA.  It was a one of a kind experience to meet people who were working within a certain career and to listen to their stories.

What was your favorite class at MCU and why?
Even though I was a criminal justice major, my psychology classes were really fun and interesting to dive into.   These classes gave me a completely different perspective of why people act the way they do.

Who inspired you at MCU and why?
Professor Kristine Twomey inspired me a lot regarding what I wanted to do with my life and career path. She was able to break through my personality and taught me to keep moving forward. She suggested to me to move past the barriers of communicating and make connections at either school or work.  I am where I am because of her supportive advice.