More about Jessica
"My decision to join NTU was influenced by attending an open day. This gave me a real insight into what university life is really like. Ever since growing up as a child, I knew that I wanted to go to university. After completing my GCSEs, I then went into higher education at a local college studying Uniformed Public Services, and by achieving the best results I managed to secure a place at NTU, which I certainly have not regretted.
"I feel coming to NTU has changed me for life. I feel so grown up walking around campus as an undergraduate. First year is about getting to know your surroundings and NTU has helped me to settle in really well. I took part in Welcome Week, not only taking part in different events but also going to the bars and clubs, socialising and making friends for life.
"The key feature which attracted me to the course was the high level of support you receive. You can email tutors on a regular basis and you can guarantee a reply the same day. The areas on the course that really stood out for me were the teaching award that the NTU staff lecturing in Criminology have received, and also being able to have the option to follow the policing pathway. This was a key factor as NTU is one of only two universities in the country that offer this additional qualification.
"The library is an amazing facility within the University. The library staff are really supportive and if you have any questions, they're on hand to support you with whatever query it may be. The library have an online chat which is available to access from home on your laptop. If you can't find a particular book, article or journal, they can direct you to where it is, which campus it is on, and how many copies are available.
"As a student, some of my favourite times are Monday mornings, when I have a double lecture at 10 am with an hour break from 11 am. During that time I go to my favourite café, have a coffee and a cake, plug my headphones in and do some of my week's seminar preparation. The feeling I get when Wednesday comes around and I've done all the necessary preparation for the week is fantastic. One of the biggest challenges facing new students is finding a balance between the academic and social spheres of university life. From my experience, the easiest way to ensure you don't fall behind – while not having to miss out on fun things – is to try and structure your day in a similar way to school. If you make a conscious effort to follow a loosely structured weekday, you'll rarely miss out on anything and you'll find your academic work won't start to suffer. University is an experience like no other and if you manage to find that balance you'll get the chance to enjoy every aspect to its fullest."