Sharon Hise

“I chose something that interested me rather than something that would merely 'get me a job.'”

Hometown: Wylie, Texas

Major: Criminology
Expected Graduated: May 2013

UT Dallas Achievements & Activities

  • John Marshall Pre-Law Society
  • Golden Key International Honor Society and Alpha Phi Sigma
  • National Criminal Justice Honor Society
  • Dean’s List

Deciding on Criminology

I've always been interested in crime and criminals. Because the prospects of being employed after graduation seemed dim, at best, for any major, I chose something that interested me rather than something that would merely "get me a job."

My EPPS Success

I feel that my biggest success in EPPS is my newfound understanding of most aspects of crime, the justice system, and policy as it relates to crime. Honestly, I've not yet found a criminology class that I didn't enjoy.

Plans for the Future

After receiving my bachelor's degree in criminology, I plan on attending law school. Then, after law school, I hope to practice criminal law and, eventually, would like to work for the Innocence Project, or a similar organization.

Advice to Prospective EPPS Students

My number one piece of advice is to learn how to manage time efficiently. Additionally, I'd say, "Get organized!" I have a very large wall calendar just above my computer so I can write down every due date for each class. That way, I can look at each week and estimate what is coming up soon that I should focus my attention. I've found both of these habits to be extremely helpful. Other than that, I'd recommend being professional and courteous to all professors; you never know when you may need a letter of recommendation.

Other Interests

I don't remember anymore! (Just kidding.) Once upon a time, I actually read for leisure - my favorite author is Dean Koontz. I like to work out and learn about nutrition and holistic medicine. I also like to travel, though I rarely have the means (or the time) to do so. I have also recently become obsessed with the HBO show, "Game of Thrones." Thankfully, it's a springtime show and I don’t have to worry about missing it this season.