Hello, my name is Canaan Stuart. I’m a senior at the university of South Carolina and I am a criminal justice major.
My goal is to become a homicide detective. Ever since I was a child I have loved mystery and who-dun-its so much that I could never stop thinking about them. As an adult now, getting closer to my goal the reality of my future role is much scarier and darker, but it is something I am so passionate about that I believe I am the right kind of person for that kind of work. I cannot wait to have my focus be 100% on doing what I find to be so fascinating as a profession.
I am deeply interested in learning facts about things that honestly have no real ability to help me.. For instance, I go through phases of learning about random topics like how swords were made in medieval Europe, how fighter jets work, (Including reading a real world handbook for one and learning it’s systems despite the fact I don’t care to be a pilot) and the culture of countries I don’t care to live in. I have always been like this, and I become obsessive. This may be due to my OCD being pretty intense compared to most who have this disorder. This is something else about me I find to be pretty important, which is why I am writing about it now. I have OCD. I always have ever since I can remember. This is like a third party in my brain that constantly urges me to do silly things like check my locks 3 times, or straighten objects that are quite clearly already straightened. It’s something I fight with every single moment of every single day. Some days it is better and some days worst, but it leads me at times into interesting and fascinating topics that I will obsessively think about until I understand everything about them. OCD is something I could consider my enemy, but in a weird way I now kind of enjoy having my little ticks if it means that I also have a unique way of thinking about things.
I’ve always been a quiet kid, and now adult, but I have a lot to say. I think the way I am and the way I think can be used as a tool in law enforcement. There are so many things I would not be good at, but if I can use all I have become over the years as a detective I know I will obsessively work on various cases until I can figure out absolutely everything there is to know. In the end, that means that more families might have closure and peace. I think that’s a pretty good deal.