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Forensic Psychology/Criminology Personal Statement

When hearing about crime, the question asked is what possesses someone to do such a thing? – A question that seems simple enough yet no one has actually been able to identify what makes a person do what they do.

Arguments are that it must be a mental abnormality that causes people to do what they do. Others believe that it is society’s impact on a being that influences them. Both arguments being extremely controversial and interesting to me.

When I started my first college in 2013, I didn’t know what I wanted to do career-wise. Psychology was a subject I had never done before but was something that I wanted to investigate and try out. In a media lesson, we were looking at universities and what courses they offered.

Everyone was looking at courses to do with the media but nothing was gripping my attention. I decided to look outside of this section and go onto Psychology.

It is then I remember falling in love with Psychology courses and what they had to offer within that degree. I also found that I could do Psychology alongside another related subject! From then, I realised that the subjects I was doing weren’t beneficial to me so I started the next year at a different college doing Psychology, Sociology and Law.

Within weeks of doing these subjects, I knew that Psychology was something that I definitely wished to pursue in for a degree and then a career.

Since studying Psychology, I have altered the way that I interpret a person’s actions as now I know that there are many different biological factors that affect a person. What you see of a person isn’t necessarily everything; there is a lot underneath the surface. In the first year of Psychology, we had a student from a nearby university ask our class to be a part of her study of human interaction and the effect it has on memory.

I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it and it gave me an insight into the process of an experiment. This intensified my interest in studying Psychology as I would love to examine and understand people’s behaviour. As said previously, I wish to study a subject similar to Psychology alongside it. Studying Law helped give me an insight into the legal system and the way law works.

Alongside this, studying Sociology enhanced my understanding within crime. A key topic within Sociology was Crime & Deviance whereby we looked at society’s impact on crime.

By studying Psychology and Sociology, it allowed me to see views on the criminal world and the criminal mind; going into details of whether someone becomes a criminal through biological factors like their genes or if their socialisation had an impact and they see committing crime as the norm.

Within both of these subjects, I very much enjoyed the research methods part as it allowed me to gain a knowledge of different methods used in experiments.

From the age of 14, I have helped out with my Aunts Charity – something that is close to my heart. I helped organise events which helped with my communication skills as before I was always shy.

This and my part-time job on Checkouts definitely helped me to come out of myself and become a more confident, independent person. Something that I hope to further at university.

I very much enjoy camping; I completed the Silver & Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award and have gone to many Music festivals where I have camped at. Festivals are a great place to become your own person, it’s a place to have fun and create some amazing memories! Music is of a great interest to me as I believe it allows a person to express themselves.

I am a committed student that is extremely passionate about Psychology and the world of Crime and I look forward to continuing my education at university and overcoming the challenges that this degree has to offer.

I feel that university will not only allow me to get into a career that I love and have a great interest in; it will also allow me to become an independent, mature adult who will have the life experience of University.

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I got 5/5 offers within 3 days.

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Forensic Psychology Personal Statement

What provokes another human being to commit a heinous crime? A question I’ve been asking myself since adolescence. My genuine thirst for both Psychology and Criminology began whilst studying for my A-level in History; through the topic of World War II and ‘The Nazi Regime.’ I attempted to fathom why many native Germans became so absorbed into Hitler’s sick ideology; a question I would later have the answer to. “So, why do you want to become a forensic psychologist?” I hear you ask. I am interested in studying both fields in the hope of gaining a deeper understanding of the criminal mind and exploring the adverse effects that crime has on our society.

My passion for Psychology and Criminology has enabled me to enrol on an Access to HE course in Social Sciences; allowing me to further advance my avid interest in reading, particularly on these captivating subjects. Aside from my love of crime fiction literature; Ian Rankin and Stephen King to name a few, I have developed a keen interest in real life studies. Zimbardo’s controversial experiment provided me with in-depth answers as to why Germany fell victim to the hands of a destructive leader. I was able to conclude that we, as individuals are more likely to obey orders from those in an authoritative position; this has stimulated my intellectual curiosity in fundamentalist cults like the ‘FLDS,’ ‘The People’s Church’ and the current humanitarian crisis caused by ‘ISIS’ militants. In addition, I was awarded a distinction in my first graded assessment; a prime example of the time, energy and commitment I have invested into this course which highlights my sheer determination to be successful in both fields.

My journey has been an enlightening one. After leaving home at the tender age of eighteen; faced with the prospect of being forced into marriage I fled to London and was taken in by an extended family member who encouraged me to pursue further education. I was able to keep up to date with current affairs in addition to enhancing my independent reading skills; this courageous move gave me the fundamental tools to become the smart, independent and free-thinking individual I am today. I constructively utilised my newfound freedom and made regular trips to the Old Bailey and the Royal Courts of Justice where I had the privilege of watching real-life cases take place in a courtroom. I was so enthralled by my surroundings and carefully analysed every minute detail of the defendant’s body language when questioned; the energy was so intense every time. I often found myself in complete disbelief that the ‘criminal’, had the intent to commit the crime they had been accused of. The questions that race through my mind require answers; such answers only exist in this invigorating and challenging course.

I have acquired a wide range of transferable skills despite my tender years, developed through managerial positions in the civil service and health and beauty sectors. Also, my Eastern and Western roots have enabled me to speak Turkish fluently, in addition to conversational Arabic and German. Moreover, I have visited a number of countries including Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Germany and America. Being subjected to other cultures has enabled me to adapt to a variety of social situations and integrate with different groups. In my spare time, I thoroughly enjoy reading and cooking. I am also awaiting a volunteer placement within HMP Manchester where I will be working alongside offenders and will receive the necessary training to help them rehabilitate.

I believe learning has no limitations and I aim to take on this exciting opportunity to advance my knowledge about the criminal mind and the role that crime plays in our society. This course will further equip me with the essential experience I require to successfully integrate offenders back into society. As quoted by Aristotle: ‘Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.’

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It took me up until the age of 23 to finally decide what I wanted to do. I received all my five offers from University of Manchester
Manchester Metropolitan University
University of Salford
University of Bolton

Good luck everyone; Follow your dreams!

Penelope

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