Posted Nov. 23, 2015
The rich history and culture of London, its world renowned institutions, its bustling markets and happening nightlife had always made London a dream destination for me to complete my masters. Fortunately, being awarded the William Ross Murray Scholarship by the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London to complete the LLM made this dream a reality for me.
Being away from home and living alone for the first time brought about a mix of emotions. While at times I felt lonely, homesick and bogged down by responsibility, being independent and organising myself financially taught me valuable lessons for life! Never had I felt so in control of my life.
Academically there were a range of subjects available to choose from and making a selection was no easy job as I was spoilt for choice. There was so much to do yet such little time! There was never a day that went by where I was not impressed and in awe of my professors. Their command over legal language and depth of knowledge was extremely impressive so one can rest assured that they are being taught by the best in the profession.
Studying for the LLM in London has the advantage that London always has a lot to offer, and this equally holds true whether it is for leisure activities or academics. There are various lectures and public events being hosted by institutions which can be attended, provided one keeps an eye out for them. Bloomsbury, the center for many London universities such as UCL and Birkbeck often hosts lectures from the most renowned academics. It was at such times that I felt fortunate for being able to study in the heart of London, where I was able to interact with such impressive personalities.
While the LLM program was academically challenging, most students lived by the motto that it was essential to take out time for activities one enjoyed. With the number of societies and clubs ranging from yoga, dance, sports, languages, politics present at the university it was easy to find something to suit my interests which also provided a convenient way of meeting new people other than my friends from my classes. Needless, to say I had made some great friends by attending such activities around the campus. I would highly advice everyone planning to take an LLM to ensure they don’t miss out on the fun that being an LLM student can also bring with it!
All in all it was a stressful yet the best year of my life!
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