Grad of the Week: Jonathan Suarez

Jonathan Suarez, MCU Grad of the week

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

What are your hopes and plans for after graduation?
After graduation, I will be commissioning into the U.S. Air Force as a Second Lieutenant and will be moving to Pensacola, Florida to start training as a combat systems officer. I hope to have a career in the military or transition to federal law enforcement in the future.

What have you been involved in while at MCU?
I was a transfer student and have been a cadet in the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Loyola Marymount University.

What is your favorite memory of MCU?
The transfer fair and Professor Kaeochinda’s Psychology of Video Games course. It was awesome getting to learn about the history of video games, as well as how they are used for medical and therapeutic rehabilitation today.

What advice do you have for other students?
Do not give up when things get difficult and do not be afraid to ask for help if you need it.

What was your favorite experience at MCU?
The mock interview and career shift mentor interview from Professor Roshni Lal’s Seminar in Criminal Justice class. These two assignments gave me valuable experience and lasting mentors.

What was your favorite class at MCU and why?
Introduction to Homeland Security with Professor Christian Haugen. This course was exciting and is something I feel I will use in a career in the military and as a future criminal justice professional. Having a professor with an FBI background inspires us all to strive for greatness.

Who inspired you at MCU and why?
Professors Haugen, DiLeva, Lal and Kaeochinda all inspired me throughout my time at MCU. Each of these professors aimed to push their students to new heights and had courses that can be used in the real world. My advisor, Tiffany Gutierrez, also inspired me with her constant attention to detail and drive to see her students succeed.