Cecilia Nguyen studied justice and criminology to try to understand the underlying factors that drive people to crime.
The study of criminology is fascinating, and it’s interesting to see how different states and countries handle their respective justice systems. I’m intrigued by the underlying factors that drive people to crime, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed studying the topic through my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.
I finished a Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice Administration)(now Bachelor of Criminal Justice) at RMIT in 2014 but felt like I hadn’t yet had enough of studying. I also loved that RMIT’s teachers were all experienced industry professionals who helped me learn a lot of practical skills, so I enrolled in the Master of Justice and Criminology at RMIT to further my knowledge in the area I’m so passionate about.
During my time at RMIT I’ve been fortunate to receive placements with state and federal police forces. I spent my final semester of the masters degree working with the Australian Federal Police, which was an incredible experience and helped me apply what I learnt in class to my work. I was assigned to a joint taskforce with members from the AFP, Victoria Police, Australian Border Force, and the Australian Crime Commission, which has set the foundation for my future career and introduced me to people who will help me achieve my aspirations of becoming a detective.
I also represented RMIT at the University Games, which was definitely a highlight of my university experience. I got to travel to different cities around Australia to compete, play my favourite sport and meet new friends from other courses.
The justice and criminology program teaches students to critically analyse information, challenge facts and see things from different angles. By studying at RMIT I’ve learnt practical skills, had workplace experiences and made industry connections.
Study something you’re passionate about and it will never feel like you are studying.