Zachary Penrith-Puchalski shares his experience studying a Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology at RMIT.
What inspired you to study a Bachelor of Criminology and Psychology?
I’ve always been curious about what drives people to make the decisions they make and what makes people tick.
What have you gained from your degree so far?
I have learnt the ability to form compelling arguments and opinions in conversation or debate. I have also had the opportunity to broaden my circle to people I wouldn’t meet in my everyday life.
I am seeing situations where people might usually be judgemental from another point of view, which is pretty important for a career in justice and psychology as well as in life generally.
How is RMIT preparing you for a future career?
RMIT has helped me with various scholarships, as well as offered opportunities through development programs like essay preparation and career workshops. There are great student groups to join as well, which help support you during and even after you finish your degree.
There’s also a mentoring program where you interact and get to know third- and fourth-year students who can help guide you in the right direction.
Where do you hope your degree will take you?
I walked into the degree thinking I would eventually become either a clinical psychologist within the legal/justice system or an alcohol and other drugs clinician but while studying I’ve found that this degree can lead to many career pathways.
I would definitely recommend studying this degree. It is interesting, engaging and opens up many opportunities within the health and justice fields, keeping your career options open while you decide what you want to do.
Studying criminology and psychology challenged me to deconstruct my morals and opinions, and think deeply about controversial topics like crime, addiction and punishment.