Faculty: Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School: Life Sciences
Category: Law, crime and investigation
1 April 2020
Criminology MA student Najha Treadwell answers our questions about her experiences as an American student at ARU.
Why did you choose to study at ARU?
I chose to study at ARU because it gave me the opportunity to continue my education and enjoy another year of playing collegiate basketball thanks to the ARU Sports Scholarship.
Tell us about your course. What aspects of it did you most enjoy, and why?
The course I am studying has been very insightful but, at times, challenging. I have enjoyed being able to receive an education abroad in a different country. The course experience has given me a better understanding of the field of criminology.
Would you recommend your course to others, and why?
Yes, I would recommend my course to others, because it has given me more of an intensive knowledge about the field. I have found things interesting during the course that I had no knowledge of before.
What is your favourite thing about the university?
My favourite thing about the university is the many guest lecturers who speak at the school. I attended Ryan Hart's Coercive Control lecture and found that very interesting because it pertained to my studies.
What has been the most challenging aspect of studying in the UK?
The biggest challenge of studying in the UK has been having to adjust to the educational style. I was given help from my tutors and learned to take my time with the assignments.
Missing my family has to be the most difficult part of living in the UK, but I have visited when I can and we have constantly kept in touch over the phone.
Tell us about Cambridge. Do you like living here, and why?
I like Cambridge, Cambridge is nice because everything is close and convenient. I would like to live in London one day and try that lifestyle!
What is your favourite part of your non-academic life?
My favourite part of my non-academic life here is being a part of the women’s basketball team. I was nervous to join because I knew that I would be entering a team who were already familiar with each other. But, I was so grateful because they welcomed me with open arms and made me feel very comfortable. My experience has been made better because of the team, so I appreciate them for that.
What are your ambitions/plans for the future?
I really do not know my plans for the future. I will be returning to America, and would like to go on to trying to find a job in my field. Whatever I decide to do, I will put 100% into it, and reach goals that I set for myself.
Is there anything else you would like to share about your experience at ARU, or the UK in general?
I have appreciated this experience, it has changed me as a person. I always wanted the opportunity to study and travel abroad and I am just thankful that I got the chance to do so.