Morristown, N.J. (January 6, 2017) – Sherwood Sanders, '19, psychology major, transferred to CSE from Warren County Community College (WCCC). The transition was easy and most of his credits from WCCC were accepted at CSE.
Sherwood, from Phillipsburg, N.J., is studying to become an addiction counselor. His journey to this decision has been difficult and challenged his resolve.
While in middle school and high school, many of Sherwood's friends and acquaintances fell into the drug culture. For his young age, he has seen several of his classmates die from overdoses or incarcerated on drug offenses.
"I have seen too much happen to my classmates in Phillipsburg," he explains. "There needs to be intervention for the kids who are involved in drugs and think that is the only way to make a living. Just about all of my friends in the drug culture are Black, and I believe that Black Lives Matter!"
With his determination and some counsel, Sherwood was able to stay clean.
He is a big fan of retired NBA player, Allen Iverson. "He and I have had similar issues in our lives," Sherwood explains. "He did what he had to do and grew from his mistakes. I take his words of wisdom seriously!"
Sherwood spent the next two years trying to determine his path. He enrolled in WCCC where he became a philosophy major. While at the CSE Commencement in May, 2016, to see his sister Sharolin graduate with a degree in criminal justice, he witnessed the psychology graduates, not just those receiving their bachelor's, but also the master's and doctorate's.
"I like psychology, especially when I know that I can use my education to help others who are struggling with addiction," he says. "I also like philosophy, so I will be picking that up as a minor in the spring, 2017."
Being involved in the psychology department gave him the opportunity to help a master's student with simulated counseling. For eight weeks, the two of them participated as patient and counselor.
"I learned a lot about dealing with my issues, and she learned how to do her job," he explains. "The whole experience confirmed my goal of becoming an addiction counselor."
He would definitely like to go on for his master's and is considering an internship if one is available. He joined the Psychology Club and works part-time as a cook at TGI Fridays in East Hanover, N.J.
"CSE has great academic programs," he says. "It has all the resources I need at hand so I can only succeed."