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“When I visited the campus, I really liked the small size, the home-like feeling and the friendly people.”
Carrie Hormanski '10
Major: Criminal Justice
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She doesn't remember what triggered her interest, but Carrie Hormanski says she knew she wanted to be a police officer from her days in pre-school. With a brother who's a firefighter and a sister who's a nurse, Carrie's career in public service upholds the family tradition.
Carrie chose Curry College for her bachelor's degree in criminal justice, and has decided to continue her education with Curry's Master of Arts in Criminal Justice degree program. "When I visited the campus, I really liked the small size, the home-like feeling and the friendly people. Curry is close to my hometown of Central Falls, Rhode Island, and it has a great criminal justice program with instructors who have real-world experience, including a judge, retired police officers and others who worked in the court system."
One such professor was Linda Romano, who served as a Massachusetts juvenile probation officer before coming to Curry College. She advised and assisted Carrie during her internship at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections. "I worked in the Home Confinement Office reviewing histories and conducting one-on-one interviews with inmates. Learning to talk to people was a huge benefit." Through her fieldwork and additional insights from Professor Romano, Carrie also realized the importance of dealing with each person as an individual, such as not letting a person's tattoos bias the interaction.
One of Carrie's classes at Curry included courtroom observation, where she discovered how theories, facts and statistics played out in actual situations. "I can see how much needs to be done to help people," says Carrie. "With limited resources, we have to focus on what's possible instead of what's frustrating. Nothing is ideal. We can't control everything, but we can still make a huge difference."
Carrie served her first internship in the Youth Services Bureau of the Pawtucket (RI) Police Department, where she now works full-time as a police officer. "I helped detectives prepare cases for court and assisted with other office activities. And I was able to meet and talk with several working officers, who gave me advice that was extremely beneficial when I applied for my current job."
A member of the Curry chapter of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, Carrie focused on her studies and graduated in May 2010 as class valedictorian. "I was proud to wear the Honor Society medallion at graduation. I also gained a lot from talking with law enforcement professionals in the group and from the speakers and programs we brought to campus," says Carrie.
After finishing her course work in late 2009, Carrie landed the job she wanted at the Pawtucket Police Department. "Curry made it possible for me to handle the two-week overlap between the end of classes and the beginning of police academy training. Everything just fell into place so I could take my dream job." Carrie now finds herself referring to what she learned at Curry. "At the police academy, I used material from my Criminal Law class, Probation & Parole, Corrections and many other courses. Now, I apply those theories and concepts to real-world situations."
At Curry, Carrie made lifelong friends while living in the residence halls. "We were just like one big family, and we always found lots to do, including weekend trips around the region through Curry Up & Go. When the new Student Center opened in 2009, everybody's enthusiasm got a boost because it's an awesome place with even more to do - with some standing-room-only games and events."
Carrie's most memorable experience at Curry supports the "family" feeling that first drew her to the College. When her mother became seriously ill during the second semester of Carrie's first year, the Curry community rallied to her side. "I contacted my academic advisor about my situation, and she reached out to my professors. My resident advisor and friends helped, too; that made it easier to manage. Everyone at Curry was so supportive. It's really a great place. All of my friends agree: we wish we could have a few more years at Curry!"
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