Hometown: Dumont, NJ
“My dad is the Chief of Police in my hometown, and I like to pick his brain on long car rides. He says policing is not easy and is never going to get easier, but he tells me he thinks I’m up for the challenge.”
Ever since she can remember, Molly Conner has wanted to become a police officer like her dad.
“I’ve had an interest in policing since I could walk and talk. There are so many photos of me in my childhood wearing his hat and uniform,” Molly says. “Whenever anyone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said, ‘a police officer.’”
So when it came time to choose a college, Molly was sure to choose one with a reputation in criminal justice…and a track team. She did some research, plugged in her search criteria and found STAC. She visited, spoke with the track coach and was hooked.
“STAC reminds me of home. It’s a small town and a small school and it just feels comfortable,” Molly says. “When I visited, I knew I was going to fit in. It’s my home away from home.”
In addition to her full course load, Molly is a hurdler, jumper and sprinter on the Spartan women’s track team. She is also part of the Aquinas Leaders Work Scholarship Program, designed to provide real-world work experiences related to a student’s major. To date, Molly has assisted campus safety with crime prevention research and ways to stop these crimes from happening on college campuses. She has also worked with the Dumont Police Department, helping with clerical responsibilities.
Upon graduation, Molly hopes to become a police officer and eventually work with a prosecutor’s office on solving homicides and other violent crimes.
“I want to do something that will benefit the community,” Molly says.
She says studying criminal justice and forensic psychology at STAC is setting her up for future success.
“One of my favorite professors of all time is Dr. Chayet. She has taken me under her wing and has even gotten to know my family,” Molly says. “Being in a small school means you’re able to get that kind of attention from a professor. At a bigger school, you wouldn’t get the individual attention or help that you want.”