Getting to Know Clint Davis
University of Mount Olive at Washington Alumnus
After high school Clint Davis went into law enforcement. It turned out to be a good option for him. However, when a friend and coworker suddenly died, Davis realized that he was only one major accident or injury away from being out of law enforcement and without a backup plan. So in 2011, Davis decided to further his education at the University of Mount Olive at Washington. In August of 2013 he earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. This fall he will begin his first classes at Campbell University Law School pursuing his law degree.
Read below as Davis answers a few questions about his educational journey into career transformation…
Where do you currently work and what is your job title?
I am a police officer for a small agency in Eastern North Carolina.
Briefly explain a little about what your job entails?
I investigate misdemeanor and felony offenses, make arrests, and testify in court.
What are your future career goals?
I want to be an attorney, however I have not yet decided on any specific area of focus.
How has UMO prepared you to achieve those goals?
With UMO's convenient non-traditional schedule, I was able to complete my bachelor's degree while fulfilling my professional obligations as a full time working adult.
What motivates you?
I am motivated to become better than I was the day before.
How would the people closest to you describe you?
I think most of them would say that I am dedicated, determined, hardworking, and stubborn.
Has there been one person at UMO that has really inspired you, if so who and how?
I had the opportunity to work with many fine people at the University of Mount Olive. However, I became close friends and still keep in touch with Mr. Larry Pleasant. He taught about half of my curriculum and he is first class. His knowledge of the criminal justice system is advanced, his teaching style is relaxed and easy to learn from, and he possesses a paternal disposition that makes him easy to like. I always found myself wanting to do well in Mr. Pleasant's classes. He brings out the best in everyone.
What did you think of the modular style of programming at UMO?
The academic curriculum at the University of Mount Olive is well tailored for working adults. The workload isn't easy and it isn't necessarily light, but if one is motivated and self-disciplined, the work load is far from impossible to complete.
What would you tell other adults thinking about returning to college?
Do it. Go. Enroll today. Stop waiting for that "good time" to start. There is never and will never be the "perfect time" or "convenient time". Now is the time. Think of all the times you've thought to yourself, "I wish I'd done this X number of years ago." Now think of how happy you'll be in X number of years when you HAVE done it. If you want it, you can make it happen. It won't be easy. You'll have to put in the work, but as you succeed, you will grow. You will become a better, stronger person. You will learn (or remember) that you can do anything you set your mind to. You're only limited by what you dream!
The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville. For more information, visit www.umo.edu.