Guest blog by: Rae Dosoo
Growing up, I often visited the library; it was there I began my love affair with reading and wanting to know everything. Yes, I was the ‘geeky’ kid that always carried a book, asked 101 questions, as well as being talkative. I still am…ha. My inquisitiveness lead me to study law. My interest developed after work experience at a law firm, and reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’. The background in ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’- the Nigerian Civil War-had legal consequences you see. When it came to deciding where to study, my heart was set in London. I wanted the hustle and bustle of the capital, hence King’s College, in London, was the only choice for me. It is one of the country’s best law schools and close to many of the leading international law firms. Getting a higher education has helped my confidence and future prospects without a doubt. Here are 6 ways studying my law degree helped me:
Tick…Tock…Time goes by when you’re having so much fun. Yes, you should party hard but you must work even harder. I’ve left things to the last minute often finding that I become stressed wishing that I had done it before. There is not always time for leisure and it can be work, work and more work. There have been times where I missed my beloved reality TV shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta or missing hot Harvey from Suits for a night of essays and problem questions. However I have learnt that if you set time to study and stick to it, you can enjoy yourself too. You can work for hours on end and achieve nothing. It is not the time you put in, it is how well you use the time.
I don’t know what I would do without my diary; it has helped me so much. Pencilling in all the events like career fairs, events at law firms, society events, it would be hard to remember everything without it. Over the past 3 years, it has been important for me to keep some sort of system, where things are arranged in a way that I can both study, and take part in extracurricular activities.
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3. How to Learn
Everyone has their ways of learning. I am a visual learner; I love colours, words and mind maps. I take my notes from lectures, make notes from books, and then comprise them into a collection of notes. After this, I would condense it into shorter version, which would be easier to revise from. I learnt the best time for me to revise, was the afternoon and evening where I could really knuckle down. Although I was a fan of the infamous all nighters, I tried not to do too many, as it left me exhausted! I have learnt a lot of revision techniques and intend to continue do so for the LPC.
Receiving the paper with a disappointing mark or a rejection from a firm for instance, can be disheartening. At times I have become so stressed because of this. Looking back, I think it was the perfect opportunity to learn where I went wrong so that I could correct it for next time.
It also motivated me to do better especially as there is such fierce competition for vacation schemes and training contracts. It definitely made me more ambitious, to work hard and go for it. Just because it didn’t happen the first time, or it wasn’t right, doesn’t mean you can’t try again. Have that go-getting spirit!
I would say gaining independence was the main way my confidence increased. At university, you are treated differently to when you are in school. You learn how to do things on your own e.g. paying bills or even doing grocery shopping which you may not have worried about beforehand.
6. Managing finances
There is such excitement when the student loan drops. You tend to hear the crazy stories of students and their spending habits – i.e loan spent within a week and some even use their overdraft to buy the latest designer belt. I learnt from these stories and budgeted, allocating a certain amount to books, travel and leisure.
I am very glad I’ve had the opportunity to get a degree! Being thrown it at the deep end, and meeting new people, has made me much wiser. Without this experience I truly would not be the person I am today, as cliché as that sounds! I definitely won’t miss the 9 o’clock lectures, and I still need to wrap my head around the early mornings for work.
Where do I see myself in five years? Well I would love to have the ring on my finger lol…but on a serious note I would like to have finished the LPC, completed the training contract, and be practicing in Commercial Law.
More about Rae Dosoo:
I am Rachel Dosoo, a 20 year old, Law Student. I live in Essex, London-the Jet Setter life. I am aspiring to be a Corporate Lawyer. I wrote this post because I wanted to share my experience at university, how it has helped me.
I believe it is important to share our experiences with others, so we can learn. I certainly would not know half as much as I do without the great knowledge and wisdom some have shared with me. It doesn’t just stop at Law for me though-writing poetry, Literature, Art, Politics and Fashion are some of my interests. There is a lot to me!
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