I’m planning a career in criminal justice and victimology.
As a first-generation immigrant, I never imagined I’d be a successful university graduate. However, I studied my undergraduate degree in Arizona, where I majored in Public Policy and Public Service with a concentration in Homeland Security and Emergency Management. I then chose to study with the University of Essex Online because it offers remote studying and a wide range of student support. I’ve been studying for over a year now and can say the staff genuinely care about student success.
I was happy to see other students like me who’ve finished their undergraduate degrees and are studying postgraduate courses to develop an in-depth understanding of the criminal justice system. The discussion forums in particular have shown me practical applications of course materials through other students’ experiences. It’s also inspiring to work so closely with incredibly esteemed tutors despite living in different time zones.
I’d say to any non-UK student that’s worried they will feel like an outsider – fear not! Not only are UK-based students incredibly welcoming, but there are also so many students from around the world who are excited to meet you. Despite coming from a different country, I still have plenty of opportunities to research my local criminal justice system through written assignments.
I’ve found every module to be meaningful and applicable to real-life situations. Notably, taking Criminal Victimization with Yasmin Devi-McGleish has made me consider a career in victimology. Is it nerdy for me to wish there were more modules to take?! Perhaps, but that speaks of how enjoyable the course content can be. After completing my Masters, I can see myself returning to the University to study a further postgraduate qualification or even an additional Masters.
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