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Brandon Traina '11 - Criminal Justice
Brandon Traina '11 has a dream, and that is to become a part of one of the most prestigious law enforcement organizations in the world, the NYPD. And with the resources offered to him as a criminal justice major at Curry College, he plans on making that dream a reality after graduation.
A member of the Class of 2011, Traina originally chose Curry College based on the reputation of its Program for Advancement of Learning. Established in 1970, Curry's PAL Program has become a global model for programs for students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD.
"When I was comparing schools with LD programs, Curry was the school that stood out among the rest. It had the largest compliment of faculty and staff, along with access to a wide variety of computers and software tools designed for students with learning disabilities."
It is with this support that Traina has found himself thriving in his criminal justice classes.
"As a student with an LD, my biggest fear in high school was raising my hand in class, and not knowing the answer. But now, especially when I meet with my PAL advisor, I have more confidence and I feel like I'm more prepared to participate in class."
Traina also appreciates the one-on-one interaction with his Criminal Justice professors and the fact that they have real world experience in various law enforcement positions, including the Boston Police Department, the Massachusetts State Police, as well as local, state and federal court systems.
"Through my advisor, I secured an internship at a probation office in the Quincy court system. Curry has a ton of CJ connections and alumni out in the world that are always willing to help current students."
The department often hosts special panels as well, with members of the FBI, ICE, and several other social service organizations, who relay to students the reality of what they can expect in the real world after graduation.
Not only has Traina taken advantage of the academic resources at Curry and excelled, but he has also become a student-leader outside the classroom.
"As a freshman I was the President of the Residence Hall Counsel where I helped organize events such as 3-on-3 basketball tournaments, barbeques, movie nights and even a Guitar Hero competition."
He participates in a volunteer group called 'Bridge to Success', where local 4th graders from a Boston collegiate charter school come to Curry and are exposed to college life. It shows the kids what college has to offer and gives them a chance to set goals for themselves.
Traina has also played on the soccer team, works on campus for the Media Services department and has even spent a semester abroad in Australia.
"Studying in Australia, those were the best four months of my life. It gave me an opportunity to see other cultures and to see another part of the world. I actually came back to Curry after that semester more energized than ever and ready to go to work."
Traina continues to be involved on campus, and is confident that one day that his hard work and leadership at Curry College will pay off in the form of a successful career in law enforcement.
"I had many other choices, but coming to Curry was one of the best decisions I ever made. This college is helping me prepare to achieve all of my goals...and more."
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