Program of the Month Q&A: Homeland Security Student Geovanni Montes

Geovanni Montes is currently a senior in the homeland security (HLS) program at Medaille College. A former criminal justice major, Montes transferred to Medaille’s online HLS program after taking a homeland security course and finding that the field greatly interests him. He was pleasantly surprised to find that Medaille offered a degree and concentration specifically focused on the topic.


Describe your experience in the online HLS program.

My experience in the HLS program has been great. Each course has brought exciting, new challenges, and if I have any questions, the instructors are always there to help. Every assignment from each course teaches you something new, and one required actual FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) courses and tests.


What types of things have you learned about yourself and your career goals from your studies?

I’ve learned how much I truly want to work in the HLS field, and I enjoy learning something new every day. I have also learned how persistent one can be when you set your goals. I continue to strive for larger and brighter goals. It can be challenging, but it can also be an enjoyable experience.


What is the best advice you have received from a homeland security faculty member?

The best advice I have received is to focus on one task at a time. Although this advice is common, I found it to be very helpful when completing assignments. It also helps in my field, because focusing on too many things at once can lead you to miss something important and can lead to more problems, instead of fixing them.


What would you like to do with your degree after you graduate?

My goal is to land a career in the HLS field after I graduate. I’ve learned there are so many options. However, I would like to work for the FBI or Customs and Border Protection.


What advice would you give to individuals trying to decide on a major?

The advice I would give to an individual trying to decide on a major/degree is to pick something that really interests you. Pick something that will keep you motivated, even through the challenging times. Because in the end, the reward will feel that much greater.

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