The challenges of being a female trying to get into the criminal justice field did not stop Terra State alumna Estreyita Alonso from achieving her goals.
Estreyita grew up in Fremont along with her eight siblings. She heard good things about Terra State from some of her sisters who are Terra State alumni. Because of the positive word of mouth, the fact that it was close to home, and because she knew she would be relatively inexpensive for her to attend, she decided to enroll after graduating from Fremont Ross High School.
Thanks to her dedication, hard work, and positive role models who helped her along the way, she graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice in Fall 2017 and walked in Spring 2018. One of her role models was her Community Relations instructor. “I thought that being a female and going into the criminal justice field, I needed to prove myself,” Estreyita said. “He told me I didn’t need to think that way because my education is speaking for me. That really set in with me.”
While in college, Estreyita was working as a part-time teller at Fifth Third Bank and applying for jobs. Eventually, after she graduated, she was able to start her career as a Juvenile Deputy Clerk for the Sandusky County Juvenile/Probate Court. Much of what she learned at Terra State has helped her in her job. “It was nice to see that a lot of the stuff I learned in class is real-life stuff that we use,” she said.
Estreyita is just getting started and is happy her education provided her with a career in criminal justice. One piece of advice she left for those who are starting out their college career is: “It’s going to start out rough, but it’s definitely doable. If you set your mind to something you can definitely achieve it.”
Length of Study
2 years full time
Sandusky County Juvenile/Probate Court