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ENMU criminal justice student hopes to help those affected by crime in his future role as a victim advocate


Kagan West is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a minor in sociology at Eastern New Mexico University because of his lifelong interest in the justice system and his desire to “help those affected by crime” .

“I hope to pursue a career as a victims’ rights advocate and I hope to be able to help victims of crime get the resources they need, such as emotional support and help with victims’ rights,” shares the eldest, who plans to graduate in the spring of 2023.

The Spirit Squad member chose to attend Eastern because “the environment felt like home and the classes are small, so I knew I would get one-on-one help if needed, and I would have a support system not only through school/work but also being part of the Spirit Squad.”

Kagan is very involved in ENMU; she serves on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) as a representative of the Spirit Squad and worked in media services at the Golden Student Success Center for three years.

The Dean’s List winner explains that her late media services boss, Sherrye Burleson, was “a great mentor to me, and she always helped me with everything that had to do with school and life.

“My other boss, Richard Baysinger, was also a mentor to me during my time at ENMU,” she shares.

Kagan’s favorite place on the ENMU campus is Greyhound Arena because it’s “where we cheer on most games and where we practice, and it’s where most of my memories are. ‘ENMU’.

kagan west with his teammates

The course that stood out the most for her so far was psychology. “It was interesting to learn more about different human behaviors and how your brain functions can affect the way you think,” she says.

The best aspects of being a Greyhound, according to Kagan, include “the social aspect because you know someone everywhere you go on campus because they’re smaller and you get involved in so many things on campus. campus”.

Spirit Squad and Greyhound Club scholarship recipient Kagan offers advice for students interested in his degree program: “This degree can be extremely rewarding in any career field you choose to go into if you put yourself at work and gain experience within your career field during college.”

The Greyhound was born and raised in Moriarty, New Mexico with his three older brothers. Her father, Andy West, works on the family farm and her mother, Tracey West, works at a local elementary school.

Kagan’s hobbies include cooking and baking. Her goals are to pursue another degree in the future and to travel.