Browse through hundreds of WIT student and graduate stories on our student stories news section or under Stories on the relevant course page
Barbara Enticknap is from Waterford and is a past pupil of Newtown Secondary School. Barbara is a current student in WIT studying BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice Studies and came into WIT as a mature student. Barbara is also a member of the Peer2Peer scheme as a mentor in WIT.
I wanted to study BA (Hons) In Criminal Justice Studies at WIT because:
As a mature student, I had not been in a classroom for over 27 years. I had a real interest in Criminal Justice especially the legal system, courts and prison reform this interest was mainly from reading about cases on-line, newspaper articles, Television programmes and podcasts on the criminal justice system. The course gives a broad introduction into many fascinating topics including incarceration, criminology, fundamental rights and victimology.
Some of the highlights of my college experience at WIT include:
The standard of the teaching staff is phenomenal. Some of the lecturers are ex-Gardaí, solicitors and attorneys. Their stories from their working experiences in the criminal justice system makes the classes so interesting. The huge highlight for me is the help that is available for a mature student or any student from the helpful library staff to the lecturers, all wanting you to succeed.
Peer2Peer participation benefited my college experience in the following way:
Peer2Peer mentoring programme has been a huge help to me. From the first day in college, your mentors take you under their wings. You are broken into small groups of 6 students and your two mentors show you around the campus. The mentors are then available through a WhatsApp group to answer any questions you have. Questions as simple as trying to find a lecture hall or exam procedure, you are given immediate answers to your questions. They organise writing workshops which are a great help with the academic style of writing.
Why I would recommend studying in Waterford/WIT:
I would highly recommend studying at WIT, the staff are lovely, the stunning setting of the College St campus and the overall friendliest of everyone involved wanting you to enjoy and graduate your course.
My advice for anyone considering the BA (Hons) In Criminal Justice Studies course is:
It is a fantastic course, so interesting and topical with first rate lecturers. Career wise this course is exceptional with links to joining the Gardaí, courts or other legal areas.