Justine
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Joined: Feb 25,2017

Sun Jan 7,2018 10:42 PM

Hi fellow IB slaves,
I have a problem with choosing a uni course. I’m applying to the UK and I aspire to be crime or crime scene investigator (I know, probably won’t happen). I found some interesting courses that I think I would enjoy (crime scene investigation and forensic investigation), but they are available only in Universities that are pretty low in the uk uni ranking (around 100 place in the 2018 ranking). I’m afraid that because of those universities not being the best the course will also be useless or that my future employers won’t employ me because of how low ranking my uni was. Should I still pursue these courses? Or should I choose a better uni with a standard criminology or criminal justice course that I know I will find boring? It seems like a safer option but spending 3 years studying something I have no real interest in doesn’t sound optimistic. There’s a third option, choosing forensic science which will be more interesting than the second option and can be found at better (not the best but better) universities. The problem is that it’s tightly connected to chemistry, which I don’t have as my IB subject and which I don’t particularly enjoy. The requirements are usually chemistry OR biology (which I do have at HL) so I could get into the uni, but I don’t know whether I would manage because of my lack of chemistry knowledge and appreciation. So, what do you think I should do? Option 1, 2 or 3? Please help me decide and any advice is welcome.

Ps: I kind of have less than a week to choose and to apply...
catsrgreat2001
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Joined: Nov 17,2017

Sun Jan 7,2018 11:12 PM

As someone who also has interest in crime scene investigation and forensic science, and also dislikes chemistry as compared to biology, I would go with option 3. If necessary you can likely take an additional chem class in college, but I believe that you’re lack in Chem wouldn’t harm you to the extent you believe. Besides that, it seems like a nice happy medium as compared to your other possibilities.
Justine
Posts: 6
Joined: Feb 25,2017

Sun Jan 7,2018 11:46 PM

@catsrgreat2001 thanks for replying. Yes I also find this option the most probable. It’s nice to know someone’s in a similar position. Are you finishing IB this year? What are you going to do after IB?
juliadabrowska
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Joined: May 4,2017

Mon Jan 8,2018 10:43 AM

I don’t know exactly how much you would “hate” the standard criminology course etc. , but I would go with studying that at a better uni - as you suggested earlier, I think that choosing a seemingly fun course but very low in uni rankings may harm your future chances of good employment, so you should do some long term thinking.
Justine
Posts: 6
Joined: Feb 25,2017

Mon Jan 8,2018 03:33 PM

@juliadabrowska maybe I wouldn’t hate it but I wouldn’t enjoy it either because I don’t care much for things like what causes crime, poverty and crime etc., I’m interested in Criminal investigation itself... but I know you’re right, better 3 years if boredom than No proper job in the future...
Banana
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Joined: May 7,2016

Mon Jan 8,2018 10:25 PM

From my experience with the university right now, I would say that there will be aspects that you won’t like no matter what course you will pick. After all, studying is studying. So, I would go for the better universities. Also, make sure to visit them if you can before you make your choice as it is the atmosphere mostly and rarely the course itself that determines whether you will enjoy your time there or not. :)
Justine
Posts: 6
Joined: Feb 25,2017

Mon Jan 8,2018 10:49 PM

@Banana yeah I think I’ll choose a better uni. that’s a great idea but it’s unlikely that I will visit them. UK is pretty far and that would cost a lot. Hopefully some sort of intuition will help me choose the best uni :)

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