Natasha Cousins

Natasha worked as a volunteer while studying and now works with people with complex mental health needs.

BSc (Hons) Criminology with Youth Studies

'The course was really interesting and I gained a great deal from it.'

Natasha Cousins

What was your course like?

I really enjoyed my course - especially the criminology side of it. My favourite modules were Youth Crime, Theories of Punishment and Images of Deviance. I have an interest in youth crime and children who kill, which is what I focused my dissertation around.

What was the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course was meeting two of my best friends and being reunited with an old friend as well. I enjoyed working on a group sentencing project in my second year in Criminal Justice. The lecturers were really supportive and approachable if I was unsure about anything. The course was really interesting and I gained a great deal from it.

Did you do any work experience?

I volunteered at a substance misuse service for two years. I loved it there and gained a range of skills and knowledge from it. This helped me to get my first full time job.

What was your social life like when you were studying at Teesside University?

I enjoyed night outs in the Students’ Union especially during Freshers’ Week and the Final Fling. There were a lot of celebrities, such as Calvin Harris who is very well known now.

What have you done since graduating?

I worked in a development role as an adult substance misuse worker/young peoples’ risk taking behaviour lead. I now work as a recovery worker in a supported housing service for people with complex mental health needs. I have also been given an unconditional offer for MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice through distance learning.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about your time at Teesside University?

I am so glad I chose Teesside University as my place of study. It was close by and I liked the facilities, such as blackboard and the library. The course was interesting and I enjoyed the modules. The criminology and youth lecturers are all fantastic and have a lot of knowledge. It’s a great course if you have an interest around youth subcultures and youth research as well as criminology.