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SNHU Spotlight: Emily Bevens, MS in Forensic Psychology Grad

Emily Bevens, a 2023 SNHU graduate with a master’s degree in forensic psychology, dressed in a graduation cap and gown.When Emily Bevens '23G came to Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), she wanted to jumpstart her career by combining her interests in psychology and law enforcement.

That's why she decided to earn a master's in forensic psychology.

Bevens said she appreciated the flexibility of an online degree, which allowed her to complete her coursework each week when it was convenient for her.

"I was able to work and coach field hockey outside of school as well," she said.

She also noted that SNHU's staff and faculty supported her throughout her program. "My advisor was there along the way, and my professors, right from the beginning, made their office hours available," she said.

And after Commencement, Bevens met her goal of turning her interests into a career. She leveraged her master's degree to secure a new position as a records specialist at a local police department.

"It has been a few months now, but I am really enjoying it," she said.  "Each day is different, and I am learning skills and information that will help me with any steps I take toward developing my career."

Her forensic psychology program taught her about criminal justice processes as well as the people she would come across in the field. "This information was useful, as I deal with the public daily as well as other members of the police department and court systems," she said.

After all was said and done, Bevens felt her master's degree was well worth it. 

"Having this understanding of procedures and understanding the differences that each person may have has not only helped me in my current position but will continue to be helpful the rest of my life in any career or job I take on," she said.

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Mars Girolimon '21 '23G is a staff writer at Southern New Hampshire University where they earned their bachelor's and master's, both in English and creative writing. In addition to their work in higher education, Girolimon's short fiction is published in the North American Review, So It Goes by The Kurt Vonnegut Museum & Library, X-R-A-Y and more. They're currently writing their debut novel, which was Longlisted for The First Pages Prize. Connect with them on LinkedIn.

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