What I’ve seen lead me to where I want to be

By Mohamed Abanoor  |   From : Somalia  |   School : Horace Mann School for the Deaf


I am a sophomore at Northeastern University, majoring in Criminal Justice and Political Science. 

As a 6th grader, I was a troubled and immature boy. 

 A traumatic moment changed that for me. 

Before I get to that point, annually, my family and I would go to the Boston Marathon to cheer and root the runners to cross the finish line. 

On Monday, April 15th, 2013, my family and I were standing across the street from the 2nd Boston Marathon bomb. 

The police officers yelled at everyone to evacuate the area without reasoning. 

During that frightening time, I was inspired to witness how the Boston Police Department handled the aftermath of the Marathon bombing. 

I imagined myself as an officer and how I would have handled my mental and emotional state. 

That started me thinking about a career in law enforcement. 

 From that point forth, I was a more serious student; I completely redirected my energy and long-term goals to become a law enforcement officer.



This led me to pursue criminal justice-related passions, for example, in high school freshman year, where I was a police explorer for the Boston Police Department. 

In addition to community service, I got the opportunity to build empathy with the neighborhood, especially youth, to foster the community and police relationship. 

Whenever I step my feet in the police station, it gives me an eagerness to join the force soon. 

Upon graduating from Northeastern, I want to become the first Deaf Boston Police officer to make a difference in our community to help those in need, protect our community, and serve the people.


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