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Hometown: Key West, Fla.
Major: Criminal Justice
Student Path: Corps of Cadets
Activities: Women’s Rugby (first-year), Boxing (sophomore, junior), Athena Society, Criminal Justice Student Association, Undergraduate Research.

What Norwich Taught Me:

“I learned that you can accomplish anything put before you. It’s a mindset. Whatever anyone throws at you, you can most certainly do. You just have to tell yourself that you can, and it will be accomplished. I don’t think there’s anything harder than Norwich University. I definitely would say that I learned a lot about myself here.”

Norwich and Beyond:

Samantha Thornton discovered her professional passion at Norwich. A military brat who grew up along the Gulf Coast, Thornton served as a 1st lieutenant in the Corps of Cadets and majored in criminal justice. She was the first person in her family to graduate from college and took on numerous research projects as a Norwich undergraduate. One involved surveying 2,000 participants to assess their views on crime and punishment. “It was an open ended question of how people perceive..or…define justice.”

Thornton is most proud of her work with the Community Against Sexual Aggression (CASA), a student-led group she co-founded with friend and fellow classmate Kelley Lebrecht ’16. The organization works to raise awareness of sexual violence and prevent sexual assaults on campus.

Following graduation, Thornton began an online master’s of science degree program in victims service management at Sam Houston State University. “I absolutely love helping people in any way that I possibly can.”

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