Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Caitlin Gilley 
What was the hardest part about making the transition from High School to the University of New Haven?

The hardest part would have to be learning how to manage time and prioritize. High school has a very rigid structure, whereas the structure in college is looser. There is a lot of learning on your own and deadlines that seem very far away but are actually fast approaching. It is easy to get caught up in the “college lifestyle” of laziness. Being self-motivated, managing my time, and prioritizing all my tasks for the day were things that I had to learn by working through them first-hand.

In your opinion, what is the greatest feature of the University of New Haven?

To me, it would be the faculty members’ involvement and how they really want each student to succeed. The classes are relatively small, with an average of about 23 students, so you get some quality one-on-one time with the professors here. Every single professor that I have had knows my name and my major, at the least. We are not just another number or face at the University of New Haven. Also, every professor that I’ve had has practical experience in his or her field, which was a great asset when I was trying to decide what I wanted to do in the future. It was easy to just sit down during their office hours and talk to them about their experiences, how they got where they were, and how I could follow in their footsteps.

What is your favorite club or activity?

My favorite club would have to be the Admissions Team. I am currently the President of A-Team and love every minute of it. We volunteer to give campus tours and help out at Admissions events. I have never met a group of people so passionate about something. It doesn’t matter if it is the weekly meeting or the 7 a.m. wake up call for Open House — the A-Team members always have a smile on their face, ready to greet prospective students. Without the A-Team, my success here would have been hindered. It really brought me out of my shell.

What are your plans for the future?

I plan on graduating this year and pursuing a master’s degree in microbiology. From there, I want to work with bacterial diseases and the possibility of cures for them. I originally came in completely convinced that I would become a forensic toxicologist by May 2014. But, after taking a number of the diverse classes that the University of New Haven offers, I quickly rerouted to a double major in forensic biology and pre-med because I found the field that I was looking for.

What is your favorite University of New Haven tradition?

My favorite University of New Haven tradition is Spring Weekend. SCOPE (Student Committee of Planning Events) plans a weekend at the end of every spring semester that is a last gathering before finals. It’s tremendous fun — typically, there is a concert on Friday night, a carnival on Saturday, a comedian on Saturday night, and a drive-in movie on Sunday. It is by far the best weekend on campus all year and is a good way to de-stress before finals.


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