I came to university at the age of 18 feeling somewhat youthful compared to those that had taken a gap year after sixth form. Alongside this, my small village in the South seemed like an ant compared to the monster that I perceived Leeds to be. Despite these initial thoughts, settling into Leeds was quick and extremely easy and it soon became the city that I now know and love.
Why I chose Criminal Justice and Criminology
I chose the course as I had an underlying interest in law, politics and, most importantly, the criminal justice system. The impact of the criminal justice system cannot be ignored; it dominates our media, political debate and the everyday lives of a large percentage of the population. As much as I had a passion for law and a career in this area certainly attracted me (and still does!), I wanted to add flexibility to my university studies, an aspect that the course is very good at. BA Criminal Justice and Criminology has great variety in terms of content, and helped me develop my academic skills.
Leeds is a vibrant city with a lot going on. It was an open day that really enlightened me on the city that I knew little about before visiting. Leeds is the financial hub of the North and, with the beautiful dales nearby, it is an extremely attractive place to both live and study.
I always had the intention of studying abroad before coming to university and the scheme at Leeds is one of the best in the country.
I chose to study in Canada, a country with a very similar legal system, varying initiatives on criminal justice and a very cold climate! I studied at Carleton University in Ottawa, the capital city of Canada.
In Ottawa, I studied a variety of topics that gave me a good understanding of the Canadian criminal justice system: information that will benefit my final year in Leeds. A year abroad offers university life with a lot of added fun; I spent Christmas in New York, St Patricks Day in Boston and did a lot of skiing throughout the year! I would recommend the study abroad programme to anyone, it was a great experience that I am grateful to have been a part of.