Wrestling is a sport that requires sacrifice and accountability. And though wrestling is an individual sport, supporting your teammates is essential.
Jake Cardinale ’19 believes the life lessons he learned as a wrestler will help him become an excellent police officer after he graduates from the SUNY Corning Community College Police Academy Certification Program.
“To be a good wrestler, you have to do a lot of work behind the scenes that nobody is forcing you to do,” said Jake. “It’s 100 percent on you if you want to be successful or not, and I think that’s true in law enforcement as well.”
While his Dad encouraged him to pursue a career in law enforcement, Jake didn’t need a lot of convincing.
“I felt in my heart that this is what I wanted to pursue, and that I was meant to be a cop,” said the Elmira, N.Y., native. “In this line of work I could be dealing with people on the worst day of their life, but I could have the opportunity to help them. That will give me enough reason to get up every day and get after it.”
After he takes his civil service exams, Jake plans on applying to a police agency within the Southern Tier.
“I really want to make an impact and serve the community that I call home,” said Jake. “Being able to give back to the place that made me who I am is definitely my goal.”
Jake’s decision to attend SUNY CCC was based on his positive experience as an ACE (Accelerated College Education) student, and the opportunities available in the criminal justice program.
“I’ve absolutely loved my time at SUNY CCC because I’ve met so many people who are willing to help,” said Jake. “The professors have also been my mentors, and I’ve been introduced to different people in law enforcement in the community. I’ve made a lot of important connections that will help me after graduation.”
According to SUNY CCC Adjunct Professor Bill Schrom, Jake demonstrates a maturity level beyond his years.
"Jake is a great person and student, who will make an excellent law enforcement officer," said Bill. "He has a great drive and I expect nothing but good things for him in the future."
After Jake graduates and completes his civil service exams, he plans to pursue his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Keuka College is at the top of his list.
“I’m excited to see where my education is going to take me and to enter the workforce soon,” said Jake. “I’m ready to be part of something bigger than any one person could be.”