Catherine Ho

BA (Hons) Criminology and Law (expected graduation date June 2017)

What attracted you to study this programme at the University of Stirling?

My degree selection seemed natural after doing work experience with a local Law firm and completing an Open University Elements in Forensic Science course throughout my sixth year at school.

Being a modern University with a beautiful campus and amazing facilities initially drew me to Stirling. I also chose Criminology and Law over offers for other degree programmes because Stirling had a strong research base for Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology. Knowing that staff delivering the programme were part of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research was also very appealing.

What do you enjoy most about the programme?

The teaching staff in particular were very enthusiastic which made my learning so much more engaging, interesting and enjoyable and in turn this has made it easier to study. I believe my academic success has been due to a combination of strong and supportive teaching, subject interest and my drive and commitment to study.

To what extent has your time here so far enhanced or broadened your thinking and career prospects and aspirations?

My last 3 years at Stirling University have been incredible. I have not only enhanced my academic knowledge in my degree subjects but due to varied learning and assessment, I have also gained confidence and skills in public speaking, team work, time management and organisation.

Having only achieved average grades at secondary school, I had no intention of going to university and did not realise my potential so I really did surprise myself as each year I improved far beyond my own expectations. I even received academics prizes in my first year and third year for my academic attainment, which definitely highlighted to me that hard work pays off and improved my attitude and self-belief.

What impact have your studies had on your future employment plans?

At the start of my degree I had no plans or ideas about the employment direction I wanted to take and even now I am unsure exactly but the range of modules and areas of focus have narrowed down where my interests lie and what kind of work I think I would enjoy the most. Children, young people and education from both a sociological and criminological perspective are my current interests but I still have another year to figure things out.

Stirling University has already provided so many opportunities to enhance my life skills and I have learnt so much in my time being here. I look forward to what awaits in my final undergraduate year!

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