Danisha Bhaloo, Bachelor of Arts ‘07 with a Major in Criminology
Current job & title: Manager of Development, Boys & Girls Club Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton & Area (BGCBigs)
Q: Why did you choose to do an Arts degree?
A: I chose an Arts Degree because I wanted to study people and their behaviours, not scientifically, but with that humanity factor. Criminology was a program that was unique to UofA and didn’t require you to take a statistics course (I’m not a big math fan) so I figured I’d give it a shot..and it was the best decision I ever made.
Q: How has it been valuable to you?
A: The small class sizes, the professors that specialized in various issues within criminology and the internships within the field was probably the most valuable part of the degree. I gained practical experience, connected with professionals and networked my way to a senior management position in one of Edmonton’s largest not for profit organization.
Q: How did you get your job?
A: I was a little sister growing up with the agency and throughout university, volunteered and maintained connections with the staff at BGCBigs. A couple years after my graduation from UofA, I decided to move to Montreal and they referred me to Big Brothers Big Sisters there. I spent almost four years working with children and youth at risk and practicing my French. In September, I was contemplating moving back to Edmonton and the Executive Director called me up and offered me a job, which cinched my decision!
Q: Who was your favourite prof at the U of A?
A: Bryan Hogeveen. Not only was he a great prof, he was actively involved in the community and recruited me to the Board of Directors for the Edmonton John Howard Society, where I was just nominated as a Board Member last week (again)!
Q: What’s the best choice you made, or best experience you had, during your degree?
A: Balancing between my practicums, my classes and my social life. Campus experience isn’t all about just the grades, it’s about the friendships you make too. I realized that most people don’t ask what your GPA was, but rather, what did you experience or learn in your 4 years at UofA. It’s a much more abstract and broad question.
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