Lacey Jackowski, Campbell-Portera Scholarship

Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice

Minor: Cyber Criminology

Hometown: Fruitdale, Alabama

Favorite Experience at UA: My favorite experience at UA has been being able to be so involved on campus. I served as a member of the A Team during my sophomore/junior year and having the chance to be a peer advisor for Bama Bound for the last 2 summers. Both of these opportunities have given me the chance to have such a great impact on incoming first year students. During my time as an A Team leader, I learned how to be an exceptional student leader. This truly got me out of my shell and it was an experience I’ll never forget. Camp 1831 during COVID was very different from what I experienced when I went through camp, but it taught me how to quickly adapt and overcome new issues and how to make the best of any situation. This experience helped shape who I am now and allowed me to become a better overall representative of the University of Alabama. I was able to see first hand the kind of impact I could have on students within such a short amount of time. While I’ve been a peer advisor, I’ve not only gotten the chance to get closer with the Arts and Sciences advising team, but I also got to see the behind the scenes of registration from the advisors side. I was able to talk to the students and help them with any questions they had and kind of calm their nerves about scheduling. I’ve gained so much from working in the College of Arts and Sciences, I’m truly thankful for the opportunity they have given me.

Favorite Class: My favorite class that I’ve taken so far has to be Domestic Violence (CJ 425) with Dr. Susan Dewey. I took it during the fall semester of 2020 and at first I was a little apprehensive about taking the class since it was my only in person class and everything was still weird with Covid, we didn’t know what we were really able to do with an in person class, but Dr. Dewey made it worth it. I was able to learn about domestic violence on such a deeper level. Originally, I thought that domestic violence was very straight and to the point, but during her class she taught us about safe houses for domestic violence victims and shed light on how much of an impact someone’s cultural background can have on them if they’re in a domestic violence situation. She was also an all around amazing professor that made sure her students understood what she was teaching us and that she was there for us when we needed help in any aspect.

Future Plans: After graduation, I want to pursue a career in law enforcement and hopefully work with the human trafficking task force. I want to pursue my career goals of working within the human trafficking task force and ultimately help law enforcement agencies to better understand trafficking, how to help the victims, and allow them to start a trafficking task force within their department so we can combat such a problem with all the knowledge they need.