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Andreas Economou-Ellison

Andreas Economou-Ellison is driven to protect people. This drive is the reason he serves as a volunteer firefighter in his spare time. It’s the reason he interns with the State Police in the Intelligence Analysis Crime Unit and learns about domestic and foreign threats in RU–N’s Homeland Security Fellowship. It’s the reason that he is pursuing a career in law enforcement.

“I want to play a role in our nation’s security and protect the people in this country. A career in law enforcement would allow me to devote my time and efforts to making a positive impact,” the Harrison, New Jersey, resident said.

When Economou-Ellison came to RU–N, he had no doubt that he wanted to join law enforcement, and so he enrolled in the School of Criminal Justice. As a student, he chose to forego summer and winter breaks in favor of taking more classes. His commitment to his education is what allowed him to convert his psychology minor into a second major – a source of great pride for Economou-Ellison.

Economou-Ellison will earn his bachelor’s degree in May, but won’t have much time to rest before continuing his accelerated program to earn a master’s degree in criminal justice, which he will receive in December 2016.

Although he has his eyes on the future, Economou-Ellison can’t help but reflect on the memories of his undergraduate years.

“It’s been a long journey. I’ve enjoyed my education here and was always learning new things. I’ll miss the people and this institution,” he says.