Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Rubin Rhodes (2012)

My First Generation Story

Normally, kids who go to college are kind of looked up to, but not where I’m from. A lot of the other kids in Philadelphia haven’t been as lucky as I have and they typically look down on college kids. I think they don’t really understand why somebody would abandon their home to go be a “college boy.” However, for me, it wasn’t really much of a choice. I was given the option to either go to college or move out of my house. Since I wasn’t ready to move out, I packed up my things and headed to college.

I didn’t grow up in a great neighborhood. There’s a lot of street crime. On top of that, there are a lot of corrupt police officers. I was sick of seeing this, so I majored in criminal justice to hopefully someday work in an internal affairs bureau to stop police corruption.

When I first came to BU I had a pretty hard time adjusting, like many freshmen. I think I was just dealing with the stress of everything. It was kind of a culture shock. Between the stress of meeting new people, adjusting to this new area and having kids back home just waiting for me to screw up, it felt like the weight of the world was on my shoulders. But I was able to make it through all four years. There are a lot of great professors here on campus that have helped me fight my way against the current, and even if they didn’t know it, it meant the world to me. It’s thanks to these professors that I am now a member of the 2012 Bloomsburg graduating class.

I have applied for a few jobs in corrections and juvenile centers. I don’t mind starting at the bottom. I’m looking forward to continue fighting against the current to work my way to the top.

About the Student

FGV: Rubin Rhodes

Rubin Rhodes, of Philadelphia, is a senior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in sociology. Rhodes is a member of the criminal justice honor society, Xae Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, a Who’s Who award recipient, PASSHE Board of Governors scholar, and a mentor for the Social Justice Living and Learning Community. He also spends time working in the Office of Diversity and Retention and recently completed an internship with the North Central Secure Treatment Unit in Danville, Pa. After graduation, Rhodes plans on pursuing his master’s degree in counseling and continuing his summer work at camps for intellectually disabled individuals.

Student Stats

Name: Rubin Rhodes (2012)
Age: 21
Year in School: Senior
Major: Criminal Justice
Favorite Course: Philosophy
Dream Job: Internal Affairs Detetcive

About the School

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Building on a rich history of academic excellence as one of 14 public universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Bloomsburg University prepares and inspires students to become dynamic and confident leaders by offering more than 80 programs leading to bachelor's degrees, 19 graduate programs leading to master's degrees and a doctorate in audiology, 390 full-time faculty with 90 percent holding terminal degrees and accredited programs through all four of its colleges. Bloomsburg University serves approximately 9,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.

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