By Karen Kelly
Allysa Czerwinsky was not the first criminology student to arrive with an interest in criminal profiling. She also wasn’t the first to realize that Criminology and Criminal Justice offers many more academic and career possibilities for its students.
“Once I got in, I was really interested in corrections and especially women’s corrections,” says Allysa, who did a field placement at Correctional Services Canada in the women’s offenders sector. While she wasn’t drawn to a career in the public service, she did recognize a passion for academia.
“I actually took an extra year to write an honours research essay under the guidance of Criminology Professor Lara Karaian, whom I had idolized since first year,” she says. “I also worked as a teaching assistant in the psychology department and as a research assistant at Shelley Brown’s Gender and Crime Research Lab. Thanks to these experiences, everything fell into place.”
Allysa applied and was accepted into the criminology master’s programs at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in the U.K. She will be heading to the University of Cambridge in the fall to pursue a Master of Philosophy in criminological research. She says it will be a continuation of her criminology studies, but focused on intensive research methods training.
“I wrote my undergraduate thesis on the involuntary celibate community and I hope to continue with the same topic,” she says. “I feel like it’s so relevant right now, but I haven’t seen a lot of literature around it.”
She advises other criminology students to avoid rushing through their undergraduate degree. And if a great opportunity comes along—take it.
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