"NCPS changed the way I think. It has informed me and I feel confident with my knowledge. I can have conversations with well-known criminologists knowing I have my head around all the major topics."
A rewarding personal transformation was an unexpected positive outcome of Kate Kelleher's criminology studies at NCPS. Now an Honours Degree student at Monash University, she plans a career in research and lecturing in the field.
"I found that I'm a completely different person since studying at NCPS. We learnt how to think critically and in a different way," she said. "I have been to a few interviews in the criminal justice system and the interviewers have been impressed with the breadth of my knowledge."
The specific nature of the subjects attracted Kate to the course for their fit to her interest in the study of the crime and its related psychology.
"Criminology is a broad area, but every unit was relevant to the criminal justice system and criminology. I didn't have to study subjects that didn't interest me. I knew I would really do well because of this," she said.
The small class sizes helped to strengthen Kate's connection with her teachers. Since graduating from NCPS she has become especially aware of the contrast between the nurturing scale of its small campus and her new environment, at a large university.
"It was great that all the lecturers knew my name. I wasn't just a number there," she said. "They were always available throughout the course, even if they weren't your lecturer. They actually care about whether you do well or not and I think this really separates NCPS from all other universities."
Kate has no doubt she took the best route to a criminology career and she is approaching her future with self-assurance and determination.
"NCPS changed the way I think. It has informed me and I feel confident with my knowledge. I can have conversations with well-known criminologists and lecturers knowing I have my head around all the major topics."
Kate's study snapshot
What are some highlights from your time at NCPS?
- I really enjoyed my placement; it was really rewarding. I did a week at a magistrate's court and a week at the county court. It was great to see how everything we learnt in the classroom translated into real life.
- The last two trimesters were my favourites. The classes were interesting and specific and you could tailor them to fit what you wanted to do after the course.
- It was great that all the classes were relevant and up to date.
- The academic enhancement class were great too – teaching us how to write correctly, etc.
What were some challenges you overcame during your studies?
- Exam time – trying to cram for everything was tough.
- First trimester was a little hard, coming from high school, but became a lot easier, mainly due to the support of the lecturers. You could go to them for advice whenever you needed it, which was really great.
What would you say to others thinking of studying at NCPS?
- As long as you are interested in criminology, NCPS is the place to go. All the classes are different and it isn't a boring course.