As a recent graduate from a teachers college program with a background in child and youth studies, applying to criminology and social justice at Ryerson was an unusual choice for someone in my position. However, I have found that my ability to understand children and youth in a variety of settings, especially within the education system, has contributed to the uniqueness of the program. When I began the program, I was exposed to a range of criminological and social justice issues. With my child and youth background, I became interested in unaccompanied asylum seekers/ refugee minors and was able to volunteer with Sojourn House as a tutor working with refugees. I love that the program is situated in the heart of a multicultural city that has a number of relevant organizations that fits well with criminology and social justice. In the future, I look forward to being able to use my master’s degree internationally working with organizations like UNICEF that support and protect children and youth whose rights are violated.
I am in the process of acquiring the necessary qualifications to pursue a career in Law. The goal is to become an Immigration Lawyer.