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Interview with Regis Criminology Student Anya Pulai

Dana E. Brede

The reasons for attending Regis University Criminology program are personal and unique to every student. As an institution we strive to prepare students for criminology jobs and opportunities that will help them reach their long-term goals. This blog features a remarkable young woman who wears many hats. Anya Pulai is a mother, a B.S. Criminology student, and a bail bonds agent. Further, Anya was featured in a textbook utilized by the criminology department—Introduction to Criminology. If only one thing resonates with you about this blog post—let it be—with a positive attitude and determination ANYTHING is possible! It is my pleasure to share the interview between myself and Miss Pulai.

D: Why did you choose to get a criminology degree versus a criminal justice degree?
A: I have an associate of arts in criminal justice from University of Phoenix. I apply my knowledge of the judicial and law enforcement system in my line of work almost daily because I monitor my clients and their court dates. But my passion is the study of the behavior patterns and sociological trends of crime. I love learning about different theories of why crimes are committed. Criminology offers me those answers.

D: What made you choose Regis – what are some of the standout features of the program?
A: All the locals know that Regis is a great school. When I saw that they offered criminology, it was an easy choice for me. I also liked the flexible schedules. I enjoy taking classes on campus rather than online. So, I was impressed to see that they offered both options.

D: How is the degree program helping you to reach your career goals/aspirations?
A: I don’t know exactly what I want to do after I finish school and that’s okay. Right now, I ask a lot of questions, I talk to professionals, and I seek advice from my instructors. Eventually, whatever it is I am looking for will find me. The great news is that I will be prepared.

D: What did you get out of attending the CSI conference?
A: I love anything that has to do with criminology. So to be surrounded by people with the same passion was incredible. I enjoyed listening to the speakers and hearing their professional perspectives.  

D: How has Regis made you passionate about a career in criminology?
A: My teachers are amazing. Every single one of them has encouraged me in one way or the other. I like the variety of classes offered at Regis. I feel like I will be well prepared for the world of criminology after I finish my degree.

D: What is it about your job that you love?
A: My days are never dull. I enjoy the flexible hours which help me with school and raising my daughter. I don’t have to be in the office everyday, which is nice, but I do have to be available 24 hours and I have to be prepared to travel long distance between county jails. My business partner and I switch days if one of us has other plans outside of work so yes, I do get days off. Managing the company between just the two of us can become stressful and chaotic but I enjoy the intensity and the diversity in my days. My relationship with my clients and their families is important to me. I enjoy hearing their life stories and experiences. As a bail bond agent, often times, I become almost like a therapist. Clients often confide in me. I take that trust very seriously.

D: What do you do in a typical day?
A: The first thing I usually do is check the jail listings to see who has been arrested the night before. I then respond to any voicemails or emails. Clients usually call throughout the day with questions about court appearance and procedures. On a typical day between the two agents, we usually receive around 25 to 45 calls. Bond calls can happen at any time of the day and after I approve the cosigner I usually meet him or her at the jail for paperwork. Sometimes I will meet the cosigner in his or her home if they are unable to meet me at the jail. After I post the bond, the defendant is usually released within 24 hours or less. If the defendant does not appear in court I then contact the cosigner for an explanation. If the defendant is on the run, I have 90 days to find him or her, make an arrest, and bring the defendant back into custody. I call this phase, “putting on my cape.”

D: Have you worked with your professors to customize your coursework or assignments so that it aligns with your professional interests?
A: I take every assignment as a challenge. Most professors let you pick your topic as long as it is related to the topic of the week. I like doing the research. I try to pick topics that are most interesting to me or things I am passionate about.

D: What is next for you?
A: For now my focus is my daughter, work, and school. Eventually, an opportunity will knock on my door, so I am doing everything I can to be prepared for that moment. Discipline, dedication, and persistence are the keys to success in my book. Every day I do at least one thing to get me closer to my goal regardless of what I have going on at that moment. I believe that if you want something bad enough, you will find a way even in the midst of daily chaos.

Thank you Anya for allowing us to interview you and share your story. Best of luck to you in the future and GOD BLESS!

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