Katherine Sanchez ‘16
Criminal Justice Major
"I decided to attend SJC because of the small classes and small school. It reminded me of my high school and that family experience that I enjoy.
"My experience at SJC, has been incredible. As a freshman I entered the college not having anyone in school to turn to. I joined Alpha Gamma Delta and I found that family that I heard about when I started. I joined many clubs and even was given the opportunity to become an orientation leader, to help others join the family that SJC is. As a senior I am now an eBoard member for three clubs and I am loving every moment of it.
"You only have one life. And no matter how you live it, it is yours — so enjoy it."
"After I graduate I plan to attend graduate school. I want to get my masters in digital forensics and cyber crime at John Jay.
"I have always known I wanted to help people in anyway I could. I have always loved being able to help. When I came to SJC I sat down with Professor Pascarella and he introduced me to the technology track of the criminal justice major.
"As a kid I wanted to be a judge. But over time I now want to work with a company or even a government agency helping with digital forensic and cyber crimes."
Favorite book? Quote?
"My favorite book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. I loved the writing style of this book because it's very much about the Dominican culture and I can relate since I am Dominican. The story also is a heart-warming one and that's what drew me to the book in the first place.
"'What is meant for you, will reach you even if it is beneath two mountains.'"
Who has been the biggest influence on your life?
"My mother has been my biggest influence. She has always believed in me no matter that struggle I brought to her. She never graduated high school but was able to raise three children. And I am the last to graduate from college. I know that no matter what I need my mother will stand behind me. She makes me want to strive for the most I can be."
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
"I want to say Beyoncé would play me in a movie about my life. Because the energy I have is a lot, I'm always smiling and welcoming new people into my life. I feel that Beyoncé could portray that in a movie about my life. As well as my dancing, although it isn't as good as hers it doesn't stop me from dancing."
Have you been a part of any service activities that were meaningful to you?
"In my time at SJC I participated in a few service activities. Most were services fairs where Alpha Gamma Delta wrote letters to troops or participated in walks."
If you had to give one reason for a student to choose St. Joseph’s College, what would it be?
"I would say choose a place where your face and name is recognized. Where you walk down the halls and your freshman-year professor remembers your name and asks how you are doing. Join a place that you will learn one-on-one with professors where your education is important, but student life is great. Join the family that is SJC."
Who is your favorite SJC professor?
"I don't have one favorite professor. But I really enjoyed both Professor Ross and Professor Grant. I had them for different subjects but both have wonderful teaching styles. They worked with me while I was in their classes to help me strive for as much as possible. And that makes any teacher in my book my favorite teacher. They planted the seed and I watered the plant."
What do you do in your spare time?
"I don't have any talents. I do however love to read. I like to read at least five books a week. Something more if I have the time. My Kindle is like my best friend because I have all my treasures there (my books)."
Aside from earning a degree and getting a job, what do you hope to get out of your time at SJC?
"Since this is my last year, I just want to get the most out of it. I want to look back and be so happy that I ended my undergrad experience with a bang. Helping everyone I could and having the most fun I could."
What was the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
"My biggest challenge was immersing myself in student life. I live in the Bronx so that made me not want to stay late or come in really early. I tried to avoid student life activities all together until I gave in. And I basically live at SJC now — coming in at 10 a.m., leaving at 6, 7 or even 8 p.m. or later due to a class or an event."
What is the best advice someone has ever given you?
"You can have the world, you just have to open your hands and take it."
What have you learned about yourself during your time at SJC?
"I learned that I am a lot stronger than I thought I was. I learned that if I put my head to it, I can achieve it, and I learned that I am my biggest competition and no one can change my mind once it is set."