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Laura

Schmidt

United Kingdom
The best aspect is the staff. Every lecturer or staff member I encountered was so warm and friendly. Not only that, they were experts in their field and had valuable work experience and insight which was so interesting.

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Graduated: 2018

Why did you choose the School of Social Sciences / Nottingham Trent University?
"Some of my friends attended NTU for their undergraduate degrees and said how great it was. The city and glowing reviews drew me in."

What do you feel is the best aspect about studying at the School of Social Sciences?
"The best aspect is the staff. Every lecturer or staff member I encountered was so warm and friendly. Not only that, they were experts in their field and had valuable work experience and insight which was so interesting. They really care for the students and their learning experience. For example, lecturers would bring in guest speakers such as charity leaders and detectives."

What do you think about Nottingham as a city for students?
"You will never be hungry. Every day you will be stuck on what to eat because there is so much choice! You will never be bored either. There is so much to do and enjoy, it’s a city built for students."

Can you explain a little about your course? Is it what you expected? What do you enjoy? What do you dislike? Etc.
"Forensic Mental Health is studying the mental health within forensic settings, i.e. the criminal justice system. The course is great to deepen your knowledge of mental health in a certain context, however, you have the change to learn about mental health in general which means you’re not restricted to just forensic. I enjoyed learning new things, talking to experts and discussing interesting and controversial topics. You have the chance to become experts and meet valuable contacts, e.g. I wrote a report for HMP Nottingham. I dislike that the course is only a year, I would love to carry it on for another year."

How does the School of Social Sciences provide you with support, advice and guidance?
"The amount of support was overwhelming. Any problems of struggles I had, I was able to contact someone and sort it out effectively."

How has the School of Social Sciences influenced your future plans or career aspirations?
"The School of Social Sciences has helped me enjoy learning and academia. They have discussed PhD options with me which I hope to do in the future. They had belief in me and made me feel like I was capable to go further."

What advice would you give to students considering studying at the School of Social Sciences?
"Do it. Dive straight in and embrace the course. It will go so quick so enjoy it. Plus, use the opportunity to make great connections and network."

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