CSI Fredericksburg

  • By Julie Brown
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  • July 03, 2012 10:30 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – It has been said numerous times that collegiate athletes will go on to be professional in a field other than sports.

So while no one can yet rule out a future professional career in soccer for Mountaineer junior Kara Blosser, she is busy preparing herself for a career in forensics once her competitive playing days are over.

For the months of May and June, Blosser has been interning with the Fredericksburg Police Department in Fredericksburg, Va., where she’s gaining experience in a variety of areas of the job, including listening in on interrogations.

“The first day I was at the police department, I didn’t know what I was going to do,” she said. “I ended up going in and listening to a murder interview. Some of the people that were working in the department were older and didn’t understand all of what he was saying, because he was speaking in slang. So I listened to the entire murder case and sort of decoded what he was saying for them.”

Blosser’s internship also offered her the opportunity to take a forensics class that allowed her to go to the shooting range and learn how to analyze the trajectory of bullets. Additionally, she learned how to investigate mock crime scenes.

It’s a sign of her commitment and dedication that she interns four to five days each week, often choosing night shifts that last from 4 p.m. to 3 a.m.

“Normally, whenever the department has something interesting come up, one of the detectives from the narcotics side will call me,” she explained. “They’ll give a quick summary about the case and ask me if I want to go with them. And usually I’ll just go and meet them.

“It’s a long shift and that’s when I typically do all of my ride-alongs,” she continued. “But it’s pretty fun because on Thursday and Friday nights, they’ll go downtown and check all of the bars. Sometimes my friends will be out so I get to see them and we mess with them sometimes.”

The opportunity to go into this field of work has been of interest to the Spotsylvania, Va., native since her younger years when she used to watch CSI after coming home from school. She loved the idea of doing the work depicted on the show, and that inspired her to take some science classes during her freshman year of college and to continue along that path.

“I’ve just always wanted to do something like this,” she said simply. “Once I got to college and took some science classes, I knew that I wanted to stick with forensics.”

It’s similar to her passion for soccer, which also started at a very young age and has continued to this day, helping her become a valuable addition to the West Virginia squad.

And just like the rest of her teammates and Mountaineer nation, Blosser is enthusiastic and positive about the transition to the Big 12 Conference this fall. She thinks her team has a legitimate shot at being a title contender during its first year in the new conference.

“I fully believe that we can have a big impact because we’re going from a conference where we just won back-to-back titles,” she agreed. “There’s no reason why we can’t jump into the Big 12 and win this title. I know that’s our goal and we’re not going to settle for anything less.”

It will be a challenge for sure, as West Virginia will be facing new and unfamiliar opponents. But according to Blosser, that’s part of what makes the challenge fun and exciting.

The addition of 12 newcomers to the team’s roster will also prove challenging in a way, as they adjust to collegiate soccer and life in general. But it’s an area that Blosser feels she can help with.

“I have two years of experience under my belt from playing in the ACC, so I know that type of speed,” she said. “I understand the Big 12 is going to be different but I know the speed the ACC plays with, so I’m just going to try to bring that every day and try to bring my experience to the team.”

Blosser will finish her internship with the police department this week and be back working on offseason training with her teammates for the beginning of July. In the meantime, she’s been playing in a summer league with the Fredericksburg Impact to stay in shape and keep her soccer skills sharp.

“I can’t wait to get back out there with my teammates. When you play with a team, you want to play not just for yourself but for them,” she ended. “I want to play for the seniors because I know how much they put into this and trained all this summer. They are all at school right now training, so I know how much they’re putting into it and I want to play for them.”

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