Brian Woods

Brian Woods will be the student speaker at the Spring Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 10, at 2 p.m.

He is an honors student graduating with a B.S. in Emergency Management and Homeland Security, magna cum laude.

Hometown: Akron

Graduate: Archbishop Hoban High School

What’s next? Attending The University of Akron Police Academy, beginning in the fall, and then pursue a career in local law enforcement.

Q: Did you do an internship or co-op? How did that help you prepare for a career?

A: Last summer I had the opportunity to intern at the Northeast Ohio Regional Fusion Center, which was a great experience. I got to work with individuals from law enforcement and the homeland security field and I had the opportunity to see the intelligence side of law enforcement. Through my internship, I was given many invaluable learning opportunities. I have a much better appreciation of the work done by those in the homeland security and emergency management fields. During my internship, I observed the day-to-day operations of law enforcement and homeland security, which was a great opportunity because that is the career I want to pursue.

Q: What’s your advice to incoming freshmen?

A: Do not be afraid to forge your own path and make sure you take time to enjoy your college experience. College can go by very fast, especially when you take a full course load because of the amount of time you spend on classes, but it is also important to take time to relax and enjoy your experience. Also, sometimes you may find that your chosen program is not a good fit, don’t be afraid to make a change and to make your own path to graduation. There is no right path through college; you should just find one that fits your interests and goals. It is important to stick up for yourself and be your own advocate and to work on finding the right path for you.

Q: What’s your ultimate career goal?

A: My ultimate career goal is to have a long career serving in a local law enforcement department.  I would like to work in patrol for a majority of my career because I feel that that is where you can have the most interaction with the citizens you protect and it places you in a position to have a positive impact on the community. I would also like to continue my education with both tactical training and emergency medical training and eventually become a member of a tactical team, possibly as a team medic.

Brian Woods