Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
My Name is Oluwabunmi Adaramola, I am 19, a Nigerian, in my second year at the University of Leeds and have lived in Nigeria for the most part of my life. I completed a foundation Programme at Oxbridge Tutorial College in Nigeria, spearheaded by the Northern Consortium of UK universities (NCUK) which created a pathway for my application to Leeds.
Some of my hobbies and interests include singing, dancing, writing and travelling.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
For me, Law has always been my greatest passion. The ability to be an instrument of impactful change, ensuring justice and restoring law and order in the society has always been a riveting desire for me. Law is a major aspect of life which shapes the society in general. My fascination with how the legal system works, coupled with my passion for writing and winning arguments steered me towards the direction of studying Law at university.
My choice of Leeds was majorly influenced by it's ranking among the leading universities for a Law degree. Leeds then naturally became a first choice based on its reputation for providing a platform for international students to realise their dreams. It also provides a very serene and supportive environment which is both academically and socially friendly. In particular, the Leeds Law School is ranked as one of best law schools in the UK, coupled with the various facilities and support it provided to facilitate comfortable independent learning.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
Before coming to University, a number of people planted the idea of law being a herculean task, almost impossible and life draining. In my opinion, Law is a very interesting course, though voluminous and time consuming. In particular, I would say that some of my most interesting modules have been Contract Law, Criminal Law, Company Law and Law and Society.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
The help provided by the School of Law has in one word been expedient. Ranging from lecture handout, to recorded lectures on the VLE to various academic support hours with all the lecturers. Additionally, seminar discussions in various module as well help to create a firmer understanding of wider issues surrounding the topic area. The School of Law also provides personal tutors with whom you can receive guidance from, academic wise or university life in general.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
The University of Leeds provides a range of facilities to aid independent learning which have been highly useful for me since starting at Leeds. From the various library facilities, with several textbooks that aid your understanding of the course to the Careers Centre, which helps you develop your employability skills.
Since starting at the university have you been granted any scholarships, or won any awards for example?
On getting an unconditional offer into the University of Leeds, I was offered a scholarship of £2,500 based on my excellent foundation results, which would run on the condition that I maintained a 60% and above all through my degree. Consequently, I have maintained the scholarship from my first year into my second year.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
I am an active member of the Leeds University Nigerian Student Society, where I participated in their most recently concluded “Colour Me Nigerian” which was an African tribal showcase. Additionally, I have taken part in a popular activity with the Leeds East African Society known as the “Tribal Instincts Fashion Showcase”.