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San Francisco Detective Follows Clues To Career Goals

Morgan Chappell is a district attorney's inspector at the Santa Cruz County District Attorney's Office. As a detective, he investigates gang crimes and homicides. He earned a master's degree in criminal justice from Fort Hays State University in Kansas. He is a professor and currently teaches criminal justice at Union Institute & University.

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Why did you pursue a master's degree?

"I initially pursued my master's degree to make myself a more competitive candidate in promotional examinations. I also wanted to have the option to teach at the college level and possibly secure a second career in retirement."

What would you tell someone who is considering returning to school to earn a master's degree?

"In order to be successful in your master's program, I recommend choosing a program that will maintain your interest and be directly applicable to your career or future goals. This will give you the greatest chance of success and completion of your chosen program."

What was the biggest challenge you faced when pursuing your master's degree?

"My biggest challenges were adjusting my schedule to make time for classes and homework and staying motivated. I would catch myself making excuses as to why I didn't need a master's degree and how I would be just fine without it. The truth is I was just pushing back against the changes I needed to make in my schedule and personal life."

What was the biggest reward for earning the master's degree?

"I did receive a promotion, which was bolstered by having a master's degree and I ended up getting a new job. I also teach criminal justice at the college level. The completion of this degree has reminded me of the fact that we can accomplish great things through hard work and persistence."

Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at 

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