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Q&A with Arrianna Martinez ’23 (Psychology, Criminal Justice)


Leading up to May Commencement, we’re asking some of our graduates to tell us about their experience as Greyhounds and where their journey will lead them next. Meet May 2023 graduate Arrianna Martinez who will receive a Bachelor of Science in both Psychology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Law Enforcement at the end of this semester!

Why did you choose to study Psychology and Criminal Justice?

I’ve always had a passion for helping people! I knew with criminal justice and psychology I would find a career that will help me reach my goals.

Why did you choose to study at UIndy?

When I first visited UIndy, I knew that it was where I was meant to be. It didn’t feel overwhelming, and the class sizes were too good to beat.

Are you a part of any extracurriculars (either on or off campus)? If so, what are they and what is your role?

I have been a resident assistant (RA) for the past three years, and the Stonewall Suites LLC RA for the past two.

Are there any faculty or staff members who have significantly impacted your time at UIndy?

Dr. Bruce Biggs was the first Criminal Justice professor I ever had, and he truly made learning fun. 

Mr. Doug Boxler teaches Criminalistics. I wasn’t required to take his class, but a friend convinced me to take the class. I learned so much through him about the world of crime scene investigation. I eventually became a teaching assistant (TA) for his class the next year. 

I had heard so many good things about Dr. Michael Poulakis, so I was excited to have him for the first time. Since my pre-capstone class with him, he has been one of the biggest helpers with my post-undergrad journey. Whether it be reading over my personal statement or sending encouraging emails, Dr. P has been there for me.

What is one of your favorite memories from your time at UIndy?

One of my favorite memories would have to be setting up Midnight Breakfast last school year. It was funny to see my friends try and stay on the mechanical bull!

What are your plans after graduation? 

I will be attending the IU MicKinney School of Law in the fall!

How did your degree program prepare you for your next steps?

My degree programs helped me by educating me on multiple, different aspects within psychology or criminal justice. I know I will be able to use what I learned in undergrad in my new journey to law school. 

What advice would you give to incoming freshmen?

Don’t be afraid of walking up to people outside of class and saying hi. I’ve made some of my best friends by doing this.