I am a mature-aged student. At first, I was a tad embarrassed by that, however over the past 5 years of study I've grown to be extremely proud of myself. It's definitely been a challenging study period for me. Learning to balance children, home life, work-life, and in the last year, my new marriage to my husband. I've grown tremendously as an individual and as a student.
I'm passionate about a certain area of psychology, that being forensic, and aim to eventually specialise in forensic psychology. I plan on working with victims of crime but also offenders in the correctional setting, specificity sex/violent offenders. It's not a particularly popular minority among the general public, but I do believe that it's an important focus considering that a majority of these offenders are released back into society. I believe that I will be successful given my personality, empathy, and sedulous research and work ethic. I want to protect the rights of society and offenders.
My undergraduate and 4th-year degree has added to my knowledge of the human mind. It's incredibly individual. Which of course, is difficult for the layperson to understand. One size doesn't fit all, and while that is frustrating, I've found it incredibly intriguing and enjoying the challenge that that brings.
The thesis process was challenging. I chose 3 variables, one of which I knew nothing about. This required an incredible amount of research in order to teach myself about it. I admit that I was frustrated in myself for picking something difficult, however, I know that I like to challenge myself. To pick topics for assignments that I'm not too familiar with and learn more. Because the more you know, the less you realise you actually know, and I have a real thirst for knowledge. In the end, I loved my research topic and great full that I went out of my comfort zone.
And that's why I believe I'm destined to research and work in the area of sex/violent offenders. It's a great deal out of most people's comfort zones, but that's the zone that I excel in.