Alumni Nick Gross graduated in 2013 and when in high school, participated in journalism.
What have you done after high school?
“I went to UTA, where I graduated in 3 years with a Bachelor degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice,” Gross said. “I will also graduate this May from UTA with my Masters degree in CRCJ as well.”
What made you want to do what you’re doing now?
“My lifelong dream has always been to be a part of law enforcement,” Gross said. “That’s why I am currently in graduate school to receive a higher degree, so I can make it farther up the ladder.”
What did you learn or experience in high school that affected you later in life?
“Thankfully, I was in newspaper, so I learned a lot of good writing techniques, including using proper grammar and proper voice,” Gross said. “That has helped me immensely in graduate school for all of my papers. I also learned the importance of being a good student, and not making dumb choices. Making a funny joke or playing a good prank isn’t worth a trip to the principal’s office.”
What are you doing now?
“I am currently working two jobs right now,” Gross said. “For my first job, I am an Asset Protection Specialist at Best Buy. The main part of my job is to monitor cameras as well as the store to ensure that no one is doing anything in the store that they shouldn’t be doing. It’s basically a fancy name for a people watcher, I just make sure that no one leaves the store with unpaid product. My second job is a Research Assistant with the Criminology and Criminal Justice department here at UTA. I help faculty write papers and I help them do research for future papers as well. I enjoy the thrill of Asset Protection a little more, but I enjoy the work of being a Research Assistant a lot more.”
What are your goals for the future?
“My end goal for the future is to become a State Trooper,” Gross said. “I’ve always wanted to work in law enforcement, and the State Troopers seem to be the best option for me at this time. Once I graduate from graduate school, I might go immediately for the State Troopers, or I might spend a few years in local law enforcement for some extra experience.”
What is your advice to current high schoolers?
“I learned not to really care what others thought of me while I was in high school,” Gross said. “As long as you’re doing you, and you’re happy with it, then you’re living life the right way. If your attitude and your drive is bothering others, it means you’re doing something right. Be unique. Keep it up, and know that your life is just starting. The next few years, during and after high school, are gonna be some of the best of your life, so be smart, don’t do drugs, and live your life.”