Sarah Jean Pineda

Sarah Jean Pineda

Sarah Jean Pineda

What is your involvement on campus?
I am a student in the Honors College and I live in the upperclassmen Honors Living Learning Community.  I referee a number of intramural sports through Campus Recreation.  I serve as a Peer Reviewer for the George Mason Review undergraduate research journal.  Lastly, I have played clarinet since my first semester for the Green Machine pep band. 

What is your favorite class taken at Mason?
There are so many fantastic courses in the Criminology program.  If I had to choose one it would be my Criminology 100- Introduction to Criminal Justice class.  It set the foundation for my future studies.  I feel my success in the program is due to the initial experience in that class. 

What is the most exciting aspect of this current year?
There are so many experiences to choose from this year.  I love all of the Green Machine performances at basketball games.  I am excited about my Criminology 495- Capstone in Criminology, Law, & Society class this semester.  We are researching one court case of our choice from Virginia.  We analyze the different models of justice for our case. 

Can you tell me about your undergraduate research experience?
I am currently conducting research with Dr. Linda Merola.  I found out about the opportunity through the OSCAR office.  I wanted to gain research experience so I am thrilled to have this opportunity.  We are looking at various police technologies and how they are portrayed in the media.  We are also interested in the public opinion of these devices. 

What are your career goals after graduating from Mason?
I am hoping to pursue a graduate degree in Criminology or Law.  I am also interested in human rights.  I am still exploring my long-term career goals. 

What advice do you have for new Mason students?
I live my life by a quote from former basketball player, Robert Horry. I feel it can also be applied to just about any context.  I apply this to my academic career.  “Pressure can burst a pipe or can make a diamond.”   I think it means you can gain a great deal from challenging yourself.    

What would you do with an hour of free time away from classes?
I would either sleep or watch Criminal Minds or the West Wing on Netflix.  

Who is your favorite public figure to follow on Twitter?
I enjoy following Ronan Farrow @RonanFarrow on Twitter.  His tweets are funny and witty.