While most people prefer to keep their distance from crime, Amy Nelson has plans to dive in head first and become familiar with the criminals themselves.
As a full time student at California State University, Stanislaus majoring in Criminal Justice with an interest in criminal psychology, Nelson wants to eventually work for the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a criminal profiler.
“It is the only thing I get excited about when I think of my future and my career,” Nelson said.
Nelson's passion for criminal justice has grown as she has delved further into her studies as CSUS.
Nelson graduated from Turlock High School in 2009, and completed her general education requirements at Modesto Junior College. In the fall of 2012, she enrolled at CSU Stanislaus and became involved in community activities.
“My professors have more than just academic information to provide. They have experience in the field which makes them a great resource," she said.
Nelson interned at the Merced County District Attorney’s office this past summer assisting investigators with various cases.
Nelson is also a member of the Alpha Xi Delta sorority and has contributed toward the Autism Speaks cause through her sorority. She is also pursuing enrollment in the Criminal Justice Club on campus.
When not in school, Nelson works at Starbucks and occasionally returns to MJC to dance with the dance team she was on while a student there. Nelson also enjoys spending time with her parents, getting her nails done and supporting sorority events.
Nelson’s goal in life is to find a career that she enjoys going to every day. She cites her inspiration as seeing older friends and sorority sisters start their careers.
“I’ve seen others take steps toward their futures and I’m eager to complete my degree and see where it will lead me,” she said.