As Cindy Herrera thinks back over her four years at Caldwell, she knows the best part of her experience has been being able to have opportunities she never had before. “My younger self would be in disbelief of all these opportunities,” said Herrera, who received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with minors in pre-law, criminal forensics, and psychology on May 15.
The experiences included “a wonderful internship with the New Jersey State Police,” which, with the help and encouragement of her academic advisor, Dr. Lena Campagna, and her other professors, allowed her to tour places she had never imagined; traveling to the Midwest for the first time with the track and field team; engaging in community service “because of the University’s deeply rooted mission statement,” and founding a new multicultural sorority on campus. As if those activities did not keep her busy enough, Herrera worked in the Admissions Office, completed an honors project, “using my passion for dance and my major,” represented Caldwell and the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference at the NCAA Leadership Development Conference and participated in the marching band as a color guard and other activities. She also went through the University’s RCIA program and received her confirmation in her junior year.
Herrera, a resident of Dover, NJ, plans to pursue a second degree in chemistry and aspires to become a a forensics technician in toxicology and to work in crime scene investigation or in a laboratory.
Herrera has given many tours to prospective and incoming students and their families, and she has some advice for them. “College is what you make it, so it better be the best four years of your life … You can achieve all you want. Break school records, win championships, intern at prestigious and well-known places, and earn as many honors cords and stoles as you want, but at the end of the day, what matters most is your loved ones.”