Natasha worked as a volunteer while studying and now works with people with complex mental health needs.
'The course was really interesting and I gained a great deal from it.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.