More about Cabrini
Why did you choose the School of Social Sciences / Nottingham Trent University?
"On my gap year I volunteered regularly within my local community with young people and I realised I wanted to be able to give something back to the community. NTU’s hands on approach to learning and specialised courses is what drew me in- I wouldn’t be able to study the course I do in other universities."
What do you feel is the best aspect about studying at the School of Social Sciences?
"I definitely think the range of knowledge that our lecturers have is the best aspect. Our lecturers range from academics to professionals with extensive experience and give us a well-rounded understanding of how our modules can be related to real life in order to help us post-graduation."
What do you think about Nottingham as a city for students?
"Nottingham is a lively city with something to do for everyone, from sports bars to rock nights. Being a really affordable place to live is a huge advantage and living in the city centre means that you really get to know the area well."
Can you explain a little about your course?
"Going into studying Youth Justice I wasn’t sure what to expect- I was nervous to be back in a learning environment after a year out from school. The course was welcoming from the start with smaller class sizes and the ability for discussion in every lecture. What surprised me most is how current our modules are. I find myself discussing what I have learnt on a daily basis, whether it be regarding profiling or child protection law. Although the deadlines so sometimes feel as if they are coming very quickly, the support given by lecturers makes a huge difference."
Do you get involved with any other activities in the School of Social Sciences?
"This year especially I have taken advantage of the other offered services within Social Sciences. I have been to several talks on work and study after finishing my undergraduate and been to specialised employability staff to help me with my CV and applications."
How does the School of Social Sciences provide you with support, advice and guidance?
"The support available goes above and beyond at NTU, and my experience within the School of Social Sciences has been very positive. Lecturers are more than happy to give a helping hand, whether that be to have a one-to-one meeting or to signpost us to student support. The school also has learning support, a service in which we can visit if we feel we need some extra help on a certain assignment."
How has the School of Social Sciences influenced your future plans or career aspirations?
"The School of Social Sciences has given me the confidence to apply for postgraduate study and to always question status quo. Over the past 3 years the quality of my work has drastically improved which is down to the quality of teaching and available support outside of lectures. I have discovered a passion for writing, and I hope one day I can inspire my own university students to be curious."
What advice would you give to students considering studying at the School of Social Sciences?
"Definitely get involved in the events and make use of services straight away! The volunteering opportunities and extra support will make a huge difference when it comes to your final year, and getting involved straight away will help your CV and job prospects so much."