Itza V. Murguia

Dallas College ​student and hopeful future police officer

“I grew up in California most of my life, but between the ages of 14 and 18, my family lived in Michoacan, Mexico. I didn’t finish high school there, so I had to get my GED when I came back to the U.S. I have always been interested in law, but when I first came back to Texas, I let my husband and father talk me out of it because they thought I needed to focus on my children.

“Later, when I got divorced, I knew that I had to do something better for my kids. I love all aspects of the law. My goals for the near future are to earn my associate degree, become a Dallas police officer, then earn my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Bill Drake’s classes opened up my eyes to how the justice system and courts work; he lets you know how things really are and is a fantastic instructor.

“I’d like to become a police officer and work in the narcotics unit. I have three children of my own, I want to help educate kids on the dangers of drugs. I would like to demonstrate to my kids that it doesn’t matter how old you are, you can accomplish your dreams. My kids keep me motivated and keep me going. Now, they are seeing first-hand that you can achieve your goals and dreams no matter how old you are. I want my three daughters to know they can support themselves without depending on anyone else.”

Itza Murguia is working towards an associate degree in Criminal Justice and plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Arlington to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. She is bilingual in Spanish and English.