By: Kyle Herbold
In the fast paced college lifestyle, there are often not many opportunities or chances for an entire department to come together and participate in the same event. Advancing along through your major you are likely to see some of the same people in your classes through the years, but you may only develop somewhat of an acquaintance with that person. What started out as a way for the justice studies department student groups to come together to get to know each other has developed into a fun department wide event.
The 3rd Annual Justice Studies Confidence Challenge creates an opportunity for the Justice Studies faculty, staff, and students to come together and complete a miniaturized POST agility test based on police academy standards. The challenge entails a series of seven events in which each team tries to achieve the fastest time to complete each event. The events include a six foot wall climb, an agility obstacle course consisting of tires, cones and the dreaded freeway divider, sit-ups and pushups, a caterpillar walk, a 160 pound dummy drag, a tug-of-war match, and finally, the relay race. Since most of these events are based on what takes place in the actual police agility test, any justice studies majors looking for some practice or a fun way to get in some exercise should definitely consider signing up for the confidence challenge next year.
Grouped together into teams of three to four students and/or a faculty member, the confidence challenge helps to create camaraderie between students and faculty that goes beyond the classroom. It is a nice change of pace to interact with fellow students and professors when big assignments and school work are put on the backburner, even if it is for only a few hours. As a participant for the last years, I can say that any justice studies majors should take the time out to compete at least once while they are here at SJSU.