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John Fratolillo '09 - M.A. Criminal Justice
At the time he decided to earn his master's degree, John had been working for Securitas for four years, had moved up to an Account Manager position, and had recently married. Motivated to follow his interests and embrace new challenges, he looked into several programs in the Boston area.
"Curry College (had) all the main things I was looking for," he says, citing that Curry's Milton campus is convenient to his Medfield residence and also how the curriculum offers a wide range of topics. John appreciated courses that focused not only on law enforcement, but topics such as crime mapping, sociology, and writing for criminal justice.
"One of my favorite classes was "Writing for CJ" with Professor Sanford "Sandy" Kaye - the class was just fascinating to me... I also enjoyed the Capstone Program with Professor Paynich. I remember thinking 'how am I going to present for an hour on one topic? - I couldn't talk about anything for an hour,' but by the end of the course, you feel as though you could easily talk for four hours."
John's interest in corrections led him to a Capstone thesis on prevention tactics for prison suicide.
"I often get asked about working on a thesis. It's one of the best things I ever did. Would I ever want to do it again? It's a lot of work, but the fact that I did it is something that I take a lot of pride in. You can imagine I spent a lot of time in the Levin Library - the librarians were a huge help in terms of my thesis work, specifically Kathy Russell - she was fantastic."
"I'd be remiss if I didn't say that what separates Curry from other schools is its faculty and staff. They're just phenomenal. I was impressed ever since my first advising appointment with Graduate Studies Director John Bresnahan over a cup of coffee."
John appreciated Curry's "small school atmosphere", as he puts it. "I received my undergraduate degree from Saint Anselm, so Curry seemed familiar and similar."
By the time John finished his master's degree, he had received two additional promotions at Securitas and while raising two children with his wife.
"Pursuing and earning a master's degree gives you an advantage in terms of the growth of your career and in terms of having more knowledge to draw upon. For me, it was about applying that knowledge to my everyday work life."
"The MACJ Program helped me tremendously," he says, adding that his newfound confidence, communication and presentation skills, as well as knowledge of criminal justice trends have improved his relationships with clients.
He says that earning his degree did seem overwhelming at first, and describes his experience at Curry as "challenging and really enjoyable."
"For me it was work and family all day, and then I had this release - my own time to be challenged by the coursework and professors. Maybe it's age and experience that made it so enjoyable."
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