College of Applied Sciences and Arts
Why did you choose your major?
I chose Justice Studies as my major because I have always wanted to be a police officer. In various roles throughout my life, I have always found myself either in a protective or assistive role when dealing with people and I wanted to formalize that role. It is in that capacity that I am working to use my education at San Jose State. I wanted to be a police officer since I was very young; however, I strayed after high school. After years as a Silicon Valley Customer Service Rep. with an AA degree in Liberal Arts, I rediscovered what I wanted to be when I grew up.
What does receiving this particular award mean to you?
This award means a great deal to me. It is a validation of all the hard work and hours that I have put into my continuing education. While I am very motivated to excel in whatever endeavor I set my mind to, I must give credit to the wonderful faculty in the Justice Studies Department. They have all in some way helped to motivate me or encourage me to go further than I would normally have gone. I particular, I would like to thank Jan Hagemann, for without her guidance and patience, I know I would be nowhere near where I am right now in my educational career.
Who has been instrumental in your life and/or who has contributed to your academic success?
My parents have always been very instrumental to my academic success. They helped
to instill in me the drive to succeed. Many years ago, when I was attempting to finish
my AA degree and was burned out from going to school and working full time, they told
me that when I find a reason, I would go back to school and succeed with a vengeance.
They were right. I have managed to accrue the highest GPA I have ever had throughout
my collegiate career.
What would you say to other students to encourage or inspire them to attain academic excellence?
My suggestions to other students in order to attain academic success…
a. DON’T BE AFRAID OF YOUR TEACHERS; they are there to help and guide you. Cultivate and cherish your relationships with them, they will assist you in ways you cannot foresee.
b. Be active inside and outside of class; I have found my class room experiences to be more enjoyable and enhanced when I participated and interacted with my teachers.
c. Join and participate in student academic organizations; I have found that since I joined Alpha Phi Sigma (the National Criminal Justice Honor Society), my experiences with the school and my relationships with the faculty & staff of the Justice Studies department have been greatly enhanced.
d. Don’t be afraid to fail; have the self-confidence to try and accomplish something simply because it is not the easy thing to do.
Where would you like to be in 5-10 years?
In five to ten years I would like to see myself in uniform helping to interact with my community and improve the relationship between it and law enforcement. After I rediscovered my passion for police work, I could not imagine myself anywhere else but in a position to serve my community with honor and integrity.
A few words from his nominating professor:
"I had the pleasure of having Jason in my JS10 class where he scored at the top of the class and he was a true class leader. Jason has since joined two student organizations for which I am the faculty advisor. He is quite honestly one of the most conscientious responsible young men I have ever had the pleasure to work with. In Spring 2010, he was very active in reviving Alpha Phi Sigma, the National CJ Honor Society. He helped build the membership from one member to over 15 active members. He is currently Vice President of APS. He is thorough, thoughtful and represents the best in our students. He is also a most enthusiastic “Spartan” and loves SJSU!"
-Dr. Jan Hagemann