One of the Best Things He Ever Did at LVC

CJ Steinhilber talks with other Lebanon Valley College criminal justice students

Perseverance is a quality shown by many Lebanon Valley College students and Charles Steinhilber ’20 is no exception. Arriving on campus and jumping into his criminal justice classes and responsibilities as a member of the LVC football team meant quickly trying to learn time management and organization skills.

“In the beginning, I had a lot of trouble with these skills, and only figured them out by the time my first year was over,” he said. “In football and school, you can hit adversity. It’s not easy to overcome, but you have to keep pushing yourself and telling yourself that you can do it. 

“I found it very helpful to reach out to professors, friends, and tutors. I spent plenty of late nights in the library and in different study pods trying to figure out homework and longer papers. I had to figure out how to complete assignments and still train to be the best athlete I could be for LVC. My football coaches and professors were very helpful when approaching my academics,” he added.

His hard work led to results. 

Steinhilber earned Dean’s List accolades this past fall and was named to the Middle Atlantic Conference’s (MAC) Fall Academic Honor Roll each of the last two seasons. He was also named to the MAC All-Conference First Team for his play on the field. Just recently, he received LVC’s Robert A. Clay Award in Sociology, awarded to a student who has displayed academic promise in the fields of sociology or criminal justice and who has demonstrated service to the College or local community.

Steinhilber’s academic experiences culminated with an internship at Frackville State Correctional Institution—an opportunity not frequently offered to undergraduate students. He spent time in multiple offices learning about different responsibilities, including parole, education, housing, counseling, maintenance, and the main control center. 

He returned to campus and presented on his internship to LVC’s Introduction to Corrections class. 

“Learning outside of classes was probably one of the best things I did in all my years at LVC,” he said. “Internships are very important and being able to see everything that goes on is worth it. I met new people and learned what they do as their everyday job to help me determine if I really want to have a career in this.” 

Steinhilber is exploring career opportunities at the state and federal level.