Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Major: Criminal Justice
Career goal: To decrease the number of those experiencing poverty through resources, education, mentoring, and volunteering.
Motto: “Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” -Psalm 37:24
Congratulations to Keith Barbour, a sophomore Criminal Justice major from Virginia State University. Keith is very active on campus, involved in the honors program and a part of VSU’s track & field team. Read more about Keith below, in his own words.
That is a good question that I don’t have a clear answer for now. I am a Criminal Justice who doesn’t really have a clear grasp on what he wants to do. There are so many fields in my major that interest me. The tops paths to choose from my liking are homeland, cybersecurity and, forensic psychology. I’m not the type of person to be a cop or agent. I would like to protect people, but I feel the policing system is just too corrupted. Cybersecurity and homeland security are the fields that pay the most money minus being a lawyer (which is not my flavor). The reason I am focused on the money is because I would like to start a cancer foundation of my own. Profit or non-profit it does not matter, because the end goal is to do whatever I can to help those in need. Both of my grandfathers died from pancreatic cancer within 3 months span, so I know how it feels to lose somebody you so dearly love to a fatal sickness. I will save up money to fulfill my goal because at the end of the day God put us on this earth to help others. It is my duty as a Christian to withhold this task, so that a person with cancer may see more days in this beautiful world.
I understand that being involved with the campus is essential to networking and things of that nature. My freshman year I really didn’t have to join anything to network, because I had a track scholarship. I thought that was all I needed to be successful. My mentality coming into sophomore was different. I had a 3.6 core GPA, so I decided to apply for the honors program. After I got into the honors program my whole school mentality shifted. I came out of high school with a 2.5, so to experience all these new accolades in college it inspired me to do more. By doing more I took on the challenge of being a tutor for 4 different subjects for Virginia State University. It is very new to me and nerve-racking at times. I just began, but I have to keep striving to be better as a student and as a person in general.
Influential Person in My Life
I have many influential people in my life, but the most important is my mother. Her faith in the lord after every situation motivates me to keep pushing forward. We just recently lost my grandmother to dementia and the whole family is in pain, but as the oldest of 3 my mother has to keep everybody together. My mother had to take care of my grandmother for years knowing her own mother couldn’t even remember her name. This is the type of thing that makes me realize how important family is. Where would I be without my mom? She keeps my head up when I’m down and shows me tough love when I need to be disciplined even at the age of 18. There is no talking back because there is a mutual understanding between us. I follow the rules or suffer the consequences. God has been so kind to me by allowing such a strong person to be the mother of Keith Anthony Barbour. She was pregnant with me while attending college, so I am the other half of her college road. She had to drop out because of me, therefore I have to finish school no matter what. It was God’s plan all along.
Motto to Live By
I come from a Christian based family, so my motivation in life comes from my faith in God. Psalm 37:24,” Though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” This is the motto I live by because I hate accepting defeat at times. For example, when I lose a race in track my mind instantly shuts down and I feel like quitting. Sometimes I don’t know what is wrong with me. I believe my faith is weak at times and I don’t realize how good God has been to me. I worry about the little things but do not realize that God is grooming me for something much better. Maybe it is the Olympics who knows? Regardless of what withholds the future, I believe God has a plan for me that will change lives not just including mine. The road to greatness is hard, but with God all things are possible. A diamond must be pressured to reach its final form, so I must go through tough things in life to reach my final form. There is no easy way to be great, but I won’t give up.