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Lisa Crispin – “Tomorrow is promised to know-one.” Image: Leanda Hunter

Carpe Diem (Seize the Day) is the mantra of local student studying criminology

Criminology is the study of crime and for local woman Lisa Crispin seizing the day became her mantra as Lisa says, “Tomorrow is promised to know-one.”

Lisa went through a rough 18 months suffering several losses and as a way of compensating with stress decided to undertake some serious study.

Lisa is undertaking study through Country Universities Centre, Clarence Valley with centre manager, Melanie Lamb, and Lisa credits Melanie with helping her find the right course to study.

“I am undertaking a Bachelor of Criminology through the U.N.E and started in January 2020. Not having committed to study in 41 years was a little daunting,” she said.

“I have always been fascinated by crime. What makes a criminal tick,” she said?

Lisa’s degree will take three years to complete and she will then have a Bachelor of Criminology and as she said, “Attach some letters to my name.”

The fields of employment that will open to Lisa include police, corrective services, psychology, forensics, and support agencies.

Lisa’s long-term plans are to perhaps work with the police or corrective services around consultancy.

“Maybe a book on crime/fiction or crime history in the pipeline,” she said.

“At the moment I am doing 25 – 30 hours a week study, and I’m loving it and getting right into it.”

“I have been doing a lot of statistical work and discovered some alarming information regarding women.

“Did you know that only 30% of female sexual assault victims report crime to the police and of those the majority occurs in an intimate partner relationship,” she said

‘I love genetics, DNA and chemistry and when I finally complete my course in three years-time I will possibly be Australia’s oldest newly graduated criminologist,” she said.