Grace-Rose Williams

International Relations and Sociology

Grace-Rose Williams

As soon as I came to the open day I knew Brookes was the right university for me. It instantly felt like home and everyone was so friendly and welcoming that no other university compared

Grace-Rose Williams is studying for a BA Hons in Politics and Sociology. She hopes to pursue a career in the probation service working with young offenders.

As soon as I came to the open day I knew Brookes was the right university for me. It instantly felt like home and everyone was so friendly and welcoming that no other university compared.

I started sociology at A-Levels and fell in love with it. I love the theories, the way it makes you think about society, and the way behaviours and dynamics which we consider natural can actually be the complete opposite. I also had a great teacher who taught me so much and sparked such an interest in it that I didn’t want to stop learning.

The lecturers at Brookes are amazing, they get you involved and really make you try and think at an advanced level. I also really like the variety of modules on offer to pick and choose from, especially the Gender and Society module which is my favourite this semester.

Brookes offers so any other skills within the course, from learning to write with clarity and depth, to working independently, learning to communicate fluently, managing time and tasks, and presenting a coherent argument. These skills are all transferable and attractive to employers. The modules on Sociology of Crime will give me knowledge of crime and disorder which will make me attractive to future probation employees.

I want to work with youth offenders in the probation service. I’ve always wanted to help those who haven’t been given a chance in life and would love to give youths who haven’t had the right opportunities a second chance to do what they want.

I’m a member of the Winton Volunteers who run a school magazine in a local primary school, helping children improve their literacy skills. Once a week I spend an hour and half helping children write stories, articles or poems which we will put into a magazine at the end of the year.

One of the best things about Oxford is the diversity. There is always something to do whatever mood you’re in, whether it’s listening to live music, going clubbing, drinking cocktails in a nice bar on Cowley Road, or just wandering round the city’s parks. Brookes is amazing!