I’m Filza and I’m currently a 2nd-year law student. I’m also part of the Warwick Scholars programme. I just thought I’d write my first blog introducing myself!
So, while I was at school, I took part in Pathways to Law with the Sutton Trust. During this programme with LSE, I had the opportunity to come to Warwick on the Pathways to Law conference which was an amalgamation of all Pathways students from across the country. I spent a few days at Warwick and was able to understand the academic side of the university as well as the social side. During the day I went to lectures and seminars and, in the evenings, we had social events such as karaoke, sports or playing pool. I felt like a proper university student and the conference was one of the main reasons I decided to come to Warwick. The programme was the main reason I chose to study law, and ‘law in context’ at Warwick was the icing on the cake!
Originally, I’m from London. Coming to university was the first time I had moved away from home and was living by myself for an extended period of time. Although, I was nervous at first it was helpful having people I had met from before my time at university. Some of these were from my school and some of these were from various programmes I had taken part in whilst at school. Also, once I got here, I realised everyone was in the same boat as me – no one knew anyone else! Going around to different halls was a great way to make friends in the first few weeks. Freshers week also gave me the opportunity to go around and meet people without having to worry about studying at the same time.
In terms of what my time at university looks like, I have 12 contact hours a week (which isn’t a lot) but I have LOADS of reading to do so that takes up a lot of my time. However, I am heavily involved with the law society at Warwick. I sit on the intervarsity (this is competitions between universities) and Probono (essentially, this is charity work) subcommittee. I am a team leader for the death penalty project and project leader for Law Trek. So, if you have any questions about what societies offer and how you can get involved (especially LawSoc) feel free to drop me a message. I’m also involved in a lot of the competitions held by Law soc, including mooting, negotiations, and witness examination. I am also currently, doing the Bar advocacy competition with Warwick Bar Society.
As a Warwick Scholar, I had the opportunity to go to Malaysia for a week to take part in a Global Leadership Experience (GLE). We worked with students from Australia and Malaysia. During the day we worked on our project which was concerned with using technology to create an economical and societal advantage in Malaysia. We also had free time in the evening to explore Malaysia and visit different monuments. Although this is a very brief explanation, I will be writing a more detailed blog soon about the trip and what I did.
If you have any questions to do with life in general at Warwick, the Warwick Scholars Programme or any of the activities I’m involved in, feel free to drop me a message and I will try and respond to the best of my ability!