is designed for college students in the forensics major. It is for college students to relate to the rigorous course load and the limits of social life! It is here for students to vent and have someone who understand their experiences! It is here like a relief page, when you just can’t get through that Organic Chemistry assignment. It is here for whatever you want. Read Imani’s interview below!
What was your inspiration for choosing forensic science as your college major?
My inspiration definitely sparked from the television shows! I never used to watch much television but my Grandma and I watched CSI: NY, CSI:Miami, NCIS, Rizzoli and Isles and Bones. Those were the only TV shows that I would run back to as soon as the commercials were over! My Grandma and I would try to figure out who the killer was and the motive. Every episode was like a virtual puzzle, and I love puzzles. I loved the idea of forensic science and when I found out that I could do it in college, I was even more interested. I felt like since it the course load contained mostly science and math that I would be okay since I liked those subjects. It may sound so cliché that I pursued it because of television, but it is honestly the perfect fit for me.
Do you know what forensic science discipline you would like to work in?
I don’t know, actually. I am leaning toward the DNA side, but I am still trying to get a feel for the entire field. There are so many aspects of forensic science that I like but I don’t know if I want to be in the lab or I want to be at the crime scene.
How did you determine which college to attend, and were you most concerned about the college having a forensic science program?
I chose the college based on reviews and popularity of the program, which is why I originally decided to go to University of New Haven.I transferred after my first year at New Haven still keeping in mind that I wanted to be in the forensic science program, but I wanted a different experience. I realized that I still needed the college experience, so I transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University who had my program and had the college life I was looking for. The forensic science program was already strenuous, so I wanted an environment that could take me away from that every once in a while.
When I began to apply to colleges, I definitely focused on colleges that had the forensics program or at the least, biochemistry. I was definitely concerned about the school having a forensic science program because I was so interested in the field and I wanted to take classes on it. My idea was of taking up that major was to be set up “properly” for the field so I can be prepared when I graduate. I thought that it would look good to have a degree in forensic science because it is so competitive.
Do you have plans for an internship at a police department or forensic science lab?
I don’t want to jinx it but I hope to get an internship with the Richmond Police Department in the spring! It doesn’t matter what department the internship is in, I just want to get the experience in something!
When you started college, was the curriculum a big shock to you? Did it make you want to change majors?
Well, getting my schedule in the summer, I definitely didn’t think about how hard it would be. They gave me 18 credits and chemistry with lab,biology with lab, calculus, criminal law and English, all in one semester. I thought that was exciting, but apparently that was way too much to handle. Once I actually got into the groove of things, I realized that if this is what’s required of a forensic science major then I would deal with it. Seventeen to eighteen credits was the standard for graduating “on time” so I learned to deal with it. It definitely had me thinking about changing majors into criminal justice but I realized that I would just be taking the easy route. I love forensic science and the academic aspect of the program.