“If you don’t like something, then change it. In order to change the system, you have to become part of the system.”
CheNesia Brown, a junior criminal justice major at UALR, said growing up in a racially divided town sparked something in her that made her want to serve as a catalyst for positive change.
Brown remembers speaking with her mother about politics, and the poignant answer she received when she asked her mother why the world seemed so unfair.
“She told me, ‘well, if you don’t like it, then change it. In order to change the system you have to become part of the system,’” Brown said.
Brown knew from about the fifth grade that she wanted to be a judge. In her mind, it was the one way she could ensure the delivery of justice to the people whose lives would be affected.
“I think everybody who comes to college wants to change the world, but I don’t know if they feel as strongly as I do,” she said.
“I feel very strongly about injustice. It hurts me to know there is injustice and so I feel like I have to do something about it.”
Brown enjoys her criminal justice courses and is especially fond of Dr. David Montague, whom she credits with helping her “think outside the box.”
“A lot of people don’t realize they are inside a box until someone forces them out of it,” she concluded.