Ysnika Babaniji

Eastfield College student and future hopeful constable

“This is just something I always wanted to do as a kid. I actually tried to go into law enforcement 15 years ago but I wasn’t ready, so here I am now really doing it. Sometimes you just have a passion for something and have a heart for it. I think that’s why I’ll be a good police officer. My career goal is to be a constable or maybe a school police officer.

“Instructor Michael Santiago is a former police officer, so related topics and subjects aren’t just academics, they’re applied from his experiences. It’s not just theory.

“You have to strive for your goals and dreams; you can’t give up. I’m at a stage in life where no matter what happens, I won’t have any regrets because I tried what I wanted to do. Every day I wake up and say, ‘I will be a successful police officer and I will complete what I started.’

“It’s not easy to start over. I have a husband and kids and it is difficult to go to school and balance everything. You have to make sacrifices – but you make time for what you really want to do. It’s also a mindset; you can’t talk yourself out of something before you even start it. You have to get out there and try.”

Ysnika Babaniji is working towards an associate degree in Criminal Justice at Eastfield and also completing Basic Peace Officer Training in Eastfield’s Criminal Justice Training Academy. She was previously a truck driver and worked in customer service.