A psychology major has prepared Delson Saintal ’16 well for a career in law enforcement.
Saintal transferred to Concordia to wrestle. These days he spends more time on the other side of the mat, coaching high school students in the sport he loves.
These interactions with students at West Fargo High School are preparing him for one of his goals: to someday serve as a school resource officer at a middle school or high school. School resource officers are sworn law enforcement officers who also mentor students and present on youth-related issues.
Saintal, who finishes his studies this month, says he is well prepared.
“Between classes and coaching, I’ve learned to have empathy for people,” Saintal says. “You can’t judge a person without knowing their past.”
Saintal transferred to Concordia his sophomore year and planned to major in business. An intro to psychology course changed those plans. He’ll graduate with a major in psychology and a minor in business.
He expected to pursue a master’s degree in counseling, but a visit with the school resource officer at his home school, Fargo North High, changed that path.
“He asked if I’d ever consider being a cop,” Saintal says. “The more I thought about it, the more I realized that this is a way I can help people. Helping people brings out the best in me.”
He says his courses in psychology and sociology will help make him a better police officer.
Saintal has been accepted to the Fargo Police Academy, a three-month program that starts in May 2016. After he successfully completes the program, he’ll receive his first assignment as a police officer.
Someday, he hopes, it will be in a school setting.