Society plays a vital part in our lives, providing the norms and values we follow throughout our daily routine. Sociology helps us understand the aspects of society from the seemingly insignificant to those of greatest importance. I am fascinated by topics such as crime, culture, education, and government policy; therefore, sociology became an essential part of my life, enticing me to study it further. Alongside Sociology, criminology captured my particular attention, with its in-depth focus on criminality and the criminal justice process. The summer 2011 riots increased my interest in the subject as the country constantly debated the causes and consequences of such delinquent behaviour. As a result I have decided to combine my two interests and pursue a degree in Sociology and Criminology at university.
Studying A-level Sociology has allowed me to be critical and objective about how I perceive the world surrounding me. Key perspectives such as Marxism captivated me in the way it distinguishes the class division between the bourgeoisie and the proletariat; how it explores the influence of capitalist ideology within the institutions of society. What interests me about studying this subject is that the perspectives always challenge each other, influencing my ideologies, allowing me to learn the differences and find my place in these on-going debates.
The forensic psychology unit of my A-level Psychology has attracted me in the ways researchers explore crime, and provide possible reasons for engaging in criminal behaviour. I find the study by Wikstrom & Tafel very thought-provoking, as it focuses on the social influence in delinquent behaviour such as poverty, and living in a disadvantaged neighbourhood. It helped me discover some features of the origins of criminal behaviours.
I thoroughly enjoyed learning about the research methods used in Psychology, Sociology and Geography. Knowledge of the different methods enabled me to understand their use and suitability in different settings. Throughout my Geography A-level, I found that human geography in many ways relates to sociology. The unit on rebranding places interested me the most. Conducting surveys and interviews with the developers of Kings Cross Central, and Kings Cross police force, enabled me to gain an insight into the main reasons behind rebranding, and evaluate the levels of criminality within the area.
Throughout my secondary school and in my sixth form I have volunteered for numerous events including open days, parents evenings and enrolment day. These have improved my communication skills, enabling me to communicate with people of all ages and backgrounds, also allowing me to use my bilingual skills in a productive way. I have undertaken various responsibilities as the chairperson of Amnesty International at my sixth form, a member of the school council executive and a form representative. I believe these experiences have helped increase my confidence, leadership skills, group work and time management.
My work experience as a reception assistant at a primary school and, as receptionist at an education resource centre taught me the importance of interpersonal skills, teamwork and also increased my awareness of self-reliance. As a checkout assistant I come across different customers every day and have experienced dealing with difficult situations in a professional manner.
In my spare time I enjoy swimming, reading novels and graphic designing using various software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. I also have a passion for surreal art and photography. I won a photography competition recently with Thomson Reuters, where many students from schools across different boroughs participated.
I am a reliable and committed student who is passionate about sociology and criminology. I feel that university will deliver the vast knowledge and understanding of these subjects that I crave, providing me with opportunities to pursue a rewarding future career.
Criminology Personal Statement 2
Criminology appeals to me because I have always been interested in crime and criminal justice. I believe that crime is an important and relevant subject in today’s modern society due to the increasing issues occurring. Topics that particularly fascinate me include: gender and crime, theories behind an act of crime, victimology and also forensics.
I originally studied a part-time Foreign Languages course at Anglia Ruskin whilst working full-time in a museum to financially support me. However I felt that I wanted to dedicate myself in becoming a full-time student and study a course that greatly appealed to me, having originally worked part-time and then becoming full-time within the museum for four consecutive years. I have gained a number of skills from this position. Social and time management skills were gained quickly having to work with the general public on a daily basis. The work was also very spontaneous and I often had to make independent decisions. Occasionally you would have to overcome aggression from displeased visitors and so I became mature and responsible, in these situations. It was at the museum that I realised that I wanted to work closely with people.
In the last year of secondary school, I decided to take part in organising and taking part in sports activities for a nearby primary school. It was through this that I gained the Sports Leadership Award. I was also a prefect which highlighted that I was seen as a reliable individual.
Having studied English Language and Literature at a-level has given me skills in which I think will help with this degree. It required a great deal of independent reading and research, whilst also having to return to the rest of the class for group discussion, in order to evaluate the text as a team. It has been good preparation for what the degree course would entail. Studying General Studies as an additional subject taught me how to identify and write a reasoned argument, as well as not to think biasedly.
One of my greatest achievements took place in 2006, when I went abroad to Germany on work experience. The trip was organised by the college but only myself and one another pursued this once in a lifetime adventure. Other colleges from around London also took part, so I had to delve into becoming considerably independent as we each had separate places to work. At the age of 15, I joined the Army Cadets and so voluntary work played a big part. For example, I helped raise money for our detachment with another friend one year and at Christmas, collected money for a local hospital.
Criminology as a course looks very interesting and I am eager to expand and improve my knowledge by studying at university. I am hard-working, independent, a great team player, can work well under pressure and most importantly I have a passion for the course that will guarantee me to succeed. I believe that this course will help me to apply for a career within the police force.
Article by TSR User on Thursday 15 February 2018