I'm of course not a cop currently (as this is the "future officers" community), however I'm also not in any police academy. During my senior year in high school, I really wanted to go into law enforcement. I even joined the Citizens Police Academy that year. It was a great experience! I'm also huge into photography, and decided to go into that as a career, but then I decided after a year in college of taking core classes and some photography courses, that it was more of a hobby for me than a career choice. I'll always have a passion for it, and may do freelance work. I'm also a huge animal lover, so I then decided to go into pet grooming, as the college I was currently at (and still am at) has an Animal Technology center that's really great. I'm currently enrolled in some Pet Grooming courses. I seriously thought I wanted to do it for a career, but now that I am grooming dogs in class, I see that again... it's not something I want to do for a living. And now I'm back at wanting to go into law enforcement as a career. I'm not 100% sure on it though right now, as I'd have to move back home to go to the law enforcment academy at the univeristy where I grew up (in Missouri, I'm currently in Iowa). After almost three years of being out of high school and in a different state, I'm now starting a life up here. I've got a job (working retail, of all things) and I have some great co-workers and managers. I've even got some good friends in the area whom I go to school with, as well as some just in the community. And although I'd miss them if I went back to Missouri (which I am serious about moving back their some time), I currently have friends and family in Missouri whom I miss already. Either way, I'll miss people so it's not a win-win situation.
I've thought about being an animal control officer or something, but I'm not sure. I love crime scene investigations and the whole gist of everything law enforcment, so we'll see what happens on down the road! In the meantime, I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my life.