Jonathan Troast came to Prairie View A&M in the summer of 2010 from Pasadena City College in Los Angeles, after being recruited by the football program. He played quarterback for the Panthers during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. The highlight of his career came during the annual State Fair Classic when his 312-yard, four touchdown performance helped lead the Panthers to victory over Grambling State. After a knee injury in the last game of the 2010 season, he stayed on as a graduate assistant to the football program while finishing his degree in Criminal Justice, which he completed in December of 2012.
Jonathan’s decision to attend Prairie View came after his visit to the campus in June of 2010. He said, “the campus was beautiful, I loved the idea of playing football in Texas and I knew that despite growing up thousands of miles away, I would fit in at an HBCU.” Originally contemplating a Business degree, he selected Criminal Justice due to the reputation of the program and to better support his long-held desire to attend Law school. Jonathan believes the Criminal Justice program really changed the way he thought about acquiring his law degree. He originally thought about Law school as more of a conduit to continue his involvement in sports, either as a player’s agent or sports management. However, his focus was changed totally. He is now solidly directed at becoming a Prosecuting attorney.
After graduating from Prairie View, Jonathan has been putting both his athletic accomplishments and Criminal Justice degree to good use. He is a certified speed and agility trainer and Olympic strength weightlifting coach at Breakthru Fitness in Pasadena, California. Since the earlier part of 2013, Jonathan has also been volunteering at the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, where he assists in Felony Arraignment court. He has logged over 300 hours to date (Jan ’14) and hopes to have the opportunity to work in Trial court before starting Law school.
Attending the College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology at Prairie View A&M University was another “touchdown” experience for Jonathan he sums it up by saying, “when I started at Prairie View it was all about football, and though I had many great experiences because of football, that ultimately was only a small part of what I got from attending Prairie View. I made lifelong friends, it changed my career path and for what it contributed to my life, it was the best college experience I could have ever had. I, literally, wouldn’t change it for anything.”
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