Sean Asaeda, BA/MA '23

Sean Asaeda, MA '23

Name: Sean Asaeda 
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY 
Programs: BA/MA Program for Criminal Justice (College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity; School of Criminal Justice)
Awards: Spellman Scholar, Dean's List 


What was one of the most meaningful experiences you had during your time in the Criminal Justice BA/MA program? 

One of the most meaningful experiences was my very first graduate course with Dr. Andrea Kordzek. I was able to learn about the criminal justice system, while improving my writing and reading skills. I learned alongside fellow graduate students, including a current NYPD officer, which allowed for great diversity.  


Where did you complete your internship requirement and what knowledge, skills, and abilities did you develop because of this experience?  

I completed my internship with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). I learned how to communicate at a professional level, to investigate crimes and criminal actions, to work with a team, and participate in an arrest professionally and safely. I was able to learn a wide variety of useful skills through my experiences with my internship.  


What specific skills or experiences through the program have prepared you for your transition to post-graduate employment?  

I have learned how to work with people of various backgrounds, critically read and write information, and to think of solutions and ideas that are not handed directly to me. I will use these skills to pursue my future career in federal law enforcement.  


What kind of opportunities are you considering for post-graduate employment?  

I am considering numerous federal law enforcement agencies for my future. I am currently in the application process for the ATF and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  


What advice do you have for students who are considering or pursuing a BA/MA? 

I would recommend the BA/MA program for any student who is considering it. I would recommend that they take the time to complete the work and readings for each course. At a higher level of education, more of the conversation and learning rely on the students. Take the time to learn the information and come prepared for class, which will help you in your future and make the courses more interesting and engaging. Most importantly, enjoy the program and the great professors — they all hold valuable information, and you can learn a lot from just talking and interacting with them!