Graduate student from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Major: Criminal justice in the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Campus Involvement: Member of Radford University’s club football team and the campus recreation graduate assistant and intramural supervisor within the Department of Student Activities
As a high school senior in Virginia Beach, Va., Trumaine Becoat-Wade first learned about Radford University and was impressed with what he was hearing. Once he visited campus, he was sold. He knew it was where he wanted to complete his bachelor’s degree, and that’s just what he did in the spring of 2010.
Becoat-Wade earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation, parks, and tourism management from the College of Education and Human Development. Today, he’s pursuing his master’s degree at Radford University and is studying criminal justice.
Why the switch in his educational focus? Becoat-Wade explains, “I enjoy working with children – I want to be a role model for them – and one day I would love to start my own recreation center and work with at-risk youth.” With a master’s degree in criminal justice augmenting his bachelor’s degree, Becoat-Wade will be armed with an understanding of the challenges facing at-risk youth – who often have had run-ins with the law or are in intervention programs designed to help prevent further criminal activity.
His dream of serving troubled children was recognized not long before he began his master’s program. That summer, Becoat-Wade served as a Fleet and Family Readiness intern for the United States Navy within the Child and Youth Program in Patuxent River, Md.
His experiences educating children with creative activities in a safe, healthy and friendly atmosphere helped him recognize his desire to make a difference in the lives of children.
After he completes his master’s degree Becoat-Wade hopes to return to the Navy youth center as a program assistant. Ultimately, he’d like to run his own youth center.
“My degrees from Radford will help me reach that goal,” he said.