What do you think about the course you are studying?
Apart from finding my course interesting and exciting, at the end of the three years I can say that I have made a good decision in choosing to study both Criminology and Psychology together, and I am happy to have had the chance to choose to study the modules that I have considered to be most useful for my future career.
Why did you choose this subject?
Both the decision to study Criminology and Psychology and the desire to work in youth justice come from a deeper interest in humanity and what human nature represents. This interest can account for my involvement not just in my studies and future career plans, but also in my hobbies and interests, such as sports and art, poetry and music, where they can help me understand what a human being really is and how overwhelmingly splendid its nature can be when you have the right tools to explore it. I was interested in studying crime and criminal behaviour as an extension of that, aiming to understand what elements from this human nature, whether predetermined or wilful, lead people to their involvement in crime and more than that, to understand what such actions represent, express or react to or against.
How do you think the skills and knowledge you have gained on your course will help you get a job after graduation?
I think that the Criminology modules that I have chosen to study within my course have offered me the required information about criminal policies and practices regarding youth offending and the Psychology modules, through Developmental Psychology, have offered me insight into the child and adolescent mind. Together, these elements made me want to pursue a further, better and more in depth understanding of crime and criminal behaviour, and shaped my decision to continue my studies at the University of South Wales.
Why did you choose to study at University of South Wales?
The reason I have chosen to study in the UK is given by the impossibility to study Criminology and Psychology together in my home country. But choosing this University was a result of carefully assessing different universities and what they had to offer. I was persuaded by the active involvement in research within the Social Sciences department, and this, together with the fact that Cardiff appealed to me as a place where I could see myself living, made me want to move to Wales and study here.
Has your learning experience at South Wales been positive?
I think the University has offered me everything that I had needed. The Learning Resource Centre and the IT equipment made the experience of being a student really easy, meaning that all I had to focus on was my work. The staff was always really friendly and supportive through their indications and feedback and after every assignment I have felt satisfied that I have improved and achieved something more.
What do you think of the facilities?
The Treforest campus offers mostly everything students need. I have been a part of the Psychology Society at the University and I have had the chance to pursue my interest in writing and have my work published in the DAPS Creative Writing Anthology in 2012 and 2013. It was a great experience to be able to enjoy my hobbies at the same time as my studies.
Tell us about where you live?
I live in Cardiff and I have to say that I love it. I think it has all the benefits of a big city by being lively and populated by young people, but it is small enough to have everything within walking distance. It is really cycling friendly and its parks are amazing.
Have you enjoyed your University experience at South Wales?
Yes. Definitely. That is the reason I have chosen to stay for one more year. Apart from all the academic achievements that it has given me, I have to say that is a really friendly place to study, especially for someone foreign for whom the whole experience of moving away from home can be as terrifying and it is exciting.
Could you describe your time at University of South Wales using 10 words maximum?
Major role in shaping me into what I am today.