Megan Cassidy

Megan is currently in her final year at Durham University studying sociology with elements of criminology.

Tell us about your course... 

I love learning about sociology as it gives you the opportunity to survey all aspects of our world such as education, crime and the Criminal Justice System, young people, old people, relationships, social exclusion, ethnicity and family life.

I am currently involved in a prison exchange programme where I go into HMP Durham in the city centre and speak to prisoners which sounds very scary but it is my favourite thing ever.

What do you remember most about your time at Shotton Hall?

Mr Elstob’s science classes – they were the best! I also remember the amazing brownies and iced buns – I haven’t found anywhere that makes them as tasty.

How do you think your school days helped you prepare for what you do now?

My time at school prepared me for university as I was always encouraged to try new things and give things a go even if I didn’t think I would like them or if I didn’t think I would be very good at it. I don’t think I would have applied for Durham University if my school didn’t teach me to step outside of my comfort zone once in a while.

What is your funniest memory from Shotton Hall?

My funniest memory was when I was put inside of a bin full of sawdust whilst rehearsing for our play ‘Our Day Out’. 

What are your future plans and ambitions?

I have a few future plans and ambitions, just in case some don't work out! Hopefully I will get to do something in youth work, social work or similar and maybe a teacher, who knows! I love people and want to help them, so any career that offers that I will be happy... That's the beauty of sociology, you can pretty much do anything! Hopefully somewhere in the sun too.

Advice to my younger self...

Believe in yourself and trust your capabilities. It doesn't matter if you don't have the same grades as your friends or you don't want to do what everyone else is doing at college... if you want to do something, go for it because there is always something out there for everyone and you will find it!

You can invite one person to a dinner party - who do you invite and why?

If I could invite one person to a dinner party it would have to be Ed Sheeran. How could you not take up the chance to have him singing in your living room!?

Ed Sheeran