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Students: Gerardo Antonio Feria

A student from
both sides of the border

IMG_20131108_223146by Reginald Andah

One of Gerardo Antonio Feria’s favorite sayings is “Be the change you want to be in the world.” Taking that advice to heart, Feria came to Texas State, where he is completing a master’s degree in criminal justice — a degree that will help him make the difference he envisions.

“Contributing to making this world a safer place is one of the biggest concerns not only of this country, but everywhere,” says Feria. “I believe my education can give me the specific skills I need to make a positive impact.”

The journey to Texas was a homecoming for the 26-year-old Feria. Born in Houston, he moved with his family at age 2 to Mexico, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in law from the Popular Autonomous University of the State of Puebla in 2009. Feria considered his degree to be just one step along the path to his career goals. “I decided to push forward in my education so I could be considered a high standard candidate. I want to be above average in the job market,” he says.

Searching online for a master’s degree program brought him to Texas State, and a campus visit sealed the deal.

“The first time I saw the San Marcos River, I knew this was the place I wanted to call home,” he recalls.

Moving more than 2,300 miles from his family didn’t deter Feria. His ambition pushes him beyond obstacles. “I like big challenges, so whatever I do, I always make sure to complete it,” he says.

Between classes, studying, volunteering and work, Feria has a schedule that would make most people buckle. He slowed down just long enough for us to ask him a few questions about his Texas State experience.

Q. Why did you choose Texas State?
A. Texas State is a unique university because it is open to cultural diversification. It feels like home to me, not to mention it has an excellent criminal justice program. The professors are so brilliant and at the same time so friendly and humble.

Q. What are your career goals?
A. After graduation, I want to become a U.S. Army officer. I enlisted just a few weeks ago. When I complete my service, I hope to work in U.S. federal law enforcement.

Q. How are the things you’re studying helping you reach your goals?
A. I develop research projects on crime. Statistics can tell me a lot about human behavior, especially deviant behavior. I’m learning how to manage police personnel in order to control crime effectively and efficiently.

Q. What is the best event you attended at Texas State?
A. The School of Criminal Justice graduation in fall 2012, because that is where I’m going to be next year when I graduate. I know I’ll make it because my teachers are willing to help in any way they can and are the friendliest people I have ever met.

Q. What do you like to do when you are not in class?
A. I’m a black belt in Taekwondo and teach Olympic Taekwondo classes in San Marcos and Austin. It is one of the most important parts of my life. I believe that self-defense can improve people’s lives. When dealing with kids, I’m teaching them more than self-defense, discipline or being in good shape; I believe I’m helping to keep them away from things such as drugs, alcohol and crime.

Q. What’s the best advice you received about college? What advice would you give to help students make the most of their college experience?
A. My father told me, “College time is just an instance in your life. Enjoy it, benefit from it and finish it.” If I were to give advice to students just as my father did for me, I would say focus on your goals, have faith, manage your time and never give up. And if you really want to learn, come to Texas State.

Students: Kendra Marsteller

Criminal justice major explores her passion in classroom and beyond

By Audrey Webb

Kendra Marsteller outside Jowers Hall, where she has worked part-time during all four years of her Texas State experience

Kendra Marsteller outside Jowers Center, where she has worked part-time as an administrative assistant while completing her degree.

Some students come to Texas State to explore a range of subject areas before settling on one that interests them enough to pursue as a career. Kendra Marsteller came here to immerse herself in an interest she began displaying at an early age.

“My mom said that when I was a kid, I would always play with toy cop cars,” she laughs.

Marsteller graduated on December 15 with a bachelor of science degree in criminal justice. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Ashton Baran

Problem-solving senior
finds calling in criminal justice

Ashton Baran

By Billi London-Gray

Ashton Baran always has been curious about the world. From helping athletes heal to helping solve whodunits, the Texas State senior has found her calling through a quest for discovery. Continue reading

Bobcat Faces: Willow Kreucher

Criminal justice senior dreams of helping juvenile offenders

By Billi London-Gray

Ready for a change of pace, Willow Kreucher transplanted herself from Iowa to Austin nine years ago. She wanted to be closer to her family and their support as she found her path in life. Now the criminal justice major is ready for another big move: entering her career as a juvenile probation officer.

“I want to help those who can’t help themselves: children,” Kreucher says. “We were all children at one time, and we all have made mistakes; it shouldn’t mean that a kid gets written off as a problem case. I want to steer kids in the right direction so they become successful.”

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