Forman Scholar Quadier Adams Committed to Serving Community as New Jersey State Police Narcotics Detective
As a young kid, Forman Scholar Quadier Adams found himself mesmerized by the police crime dramas he watched on TV. Shows like Criminal Minds and Flashpoint ignited his imagination, as he pictured himself participating in a thrilling stakeout or preventing a dangerous criminal from terrorizing a community. It was then that he knew he was destined to work in law enforcement. Today as a soon-to-be college freshman, Quadier is preparing to leave for Fairleigh Dickinson University to begin studying for a degree in criminology, the first step towards his dream law enforcement career.
“As I sat and watched these crime dramas as a three- or four-year-old, I would envision myself right there on the screen,” Quadier said. “I always would say to myself, one day that will be me. My ultimate goal is to do all I can to serve my community.”
Quadier is well positioned to succeed in his studies at Fairleigh Dickinson. In the classroom at Salem High, he participated in the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, an academically-elite, highly-challenging course of study. As part of the program, Quadier enrolled in courses related to literature, foreign language, mathematics, history and the sciences. He even travelled to Scotland in the summer of 2019 for an international conference on global warming.
Outside of the classroom, Quadier excelled in a variety of varsity sports and extracurricular organizations. When he was not competing with the soccer, track and bowling teams, Quadier was involving himself with the Model UN, chess club, fitness club and wrestling club. Personal bonds with his Spanish and English teachers made those classes particularly memorable. Quadier says those positive academic experiences have provided him with the confidence he needs to start his first semester of college off on the right foot.
“For the past few weeks, I’ve been participating in a pre-freshman summer program sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson,” Quadier said. “Through that program, I’ve already met a core group of friends that I’m excited to get to know as the semester progresses. I can’t wait to talk with them in person, rather than through text or FaceTime.”
Quadier says the college search process was certainly challenging for him, but he says the key to finding your home away from home is to find your fit, wherever that may be.
“When you’re looking at colleges, find the campus where you feel the most comfortable at. It’s where you’re going to be spending the next four years of your life, after all,” Quadier said. “Hopefully, even though the coronavirus pandemic has made things more difficult, incoming high school seniors will still be able to make college visits and get a feel for the campus life of different colleges and universities this fall.”
Quadier says he hopes to find himself as a narcotics detective on a late-night stakeout in 10 years, but for now, he’s focused on making a smooth transition to college life over the next few months. He’s confident that he’ll be successful because of the support he continues to receive from the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation.
“Through my involvement with the Foundation, I’ve met so many fantastic people and formed so many impactful relationships,” Quadier said. “As I continue to stay in touch with the Foundation’s staff, I know the Foundation will ensure I am prepared for whatever the next chapter of my life has in store for me.”