Weiqiong (Sabrina) Zhou
I am a Shanghainese, born and bred. I love animals, in particular, dogs. I was a first flute player in the high school symphony orchestra. I go to gym twice a week and I like outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing.
Anyone who knows me will know that I don’t do things by halves – I am a very hard working and determined individual, and above all else I have a real passion for this society (I have been actively involved in many Law School and University extra-curricular activities and have undertaken an impressive number of work experience placements both here in the UK and before this, in China).
I have been selected into the special “3+1” program by my parent school, the East China University of Political Science and Law (ECUPL), which means my final year of undergraduate study and my postgraduate study overlap. I applied for this programme because I wanted to broaden my horizon and make new friends.
My passion for Law
I have a passion for law because the world needs laws and therefore people will always need lawyers. Open a newspaper or browse online and you will undoubtedly see a story that involves the law. Take corporate law for example, when takeover happens, it always hits the headlines.
What makes me passionate about corporate law is because it is not merely about understanding the legal documents. It is about having an insight into what is happening in the business world.
The way of teaching here is totally different from that in China because it involves two-way interaction between professors and students. For a one-year postgraduate programme, we need to take 8 different modules in the first two semesters, and each module has 5 seminars.
We always had enough opportunities to express our own views as long as we had prepared well beforehand and the professors gave reading lists before each seminar.
The experience of studying in Leeds was so amazing that I won't forget it for the rest of my life. It has greatly enriched my life and has proved that I can face challenges and adapt well in new environments.
It has changed me completely, from the attitude towards life to the world outlook. I have become more optimistic, confident and open-minded through the various experiences. I have gained much more than I had expected and have met people from all over the world.
One of them has become the friend for my lifetime. In short, it is worth-while!
The Liberty Building is the main teaching building for the law school. It is a relatively new building which is built in 2011. The University libraries are really big with loads of books, many computer clusters and a strong learning atmosphere.
Coming to Leeds
Before I come to the UK, I imagined the weather in Leeds would always be rainy or cloudy. Actually it is not that bad except in April. Though it is a little bit windy here, we have many chances to enjoy the sunshine. I haven’t even bought an umbrella since I came here!
On the one hand, Leeds is a lively, bustling and lived-in city filled with music, dance, and other live performances.
On the other hand, Leeds is the second largest commercial centre outside London. Many international law firms have set their office in Leeds. If you want to achieve life-and-work balance in the UK, Leeds is your best choice.
There are various kinds of things for students to take part in outside of their studies, such as volunteering, sport, awards, businesses linked to study, to name just a few.
For me, I enjoyed volunteering, work experiences and travelling.
I was a Welfare Ambassador in the Leeds University Union; I volunteered at the ‘Overworlds and Underworlds’ Leeds Canvas for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad; the Royal Society of Prevention Cruelty against Animals (RSPCA); and will be a volunteer at the Chinese Olympic Training Camp in Leeds this July.
I also took several work placements in the Law firms and marshalled a district judge in the Leeds Combined Court which were quite rewarding.
I love travelling and outdoor activities. There are several places that are worth visiting in the UK. I have been to the Isle of Skye, Inverness, Fort William, Aberdeen, Sterling, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh the Lake District, York, Manchester, Liverpool, Wakefield, Sheffield, Birmingham, Cambridge, Oxford and London.
Among them I love Fort William and Isle of Skye most. I plan to climb the Ben Nevis which is the highest mountain in the UK in August!
The experience of studying in Leeds was so amazing that it will take the rest of my life to forget. It has greatly enriched my life and has proved that I can face challenges and adapt well in new environments. It has changed me completely, from the attitude towards life to the world outlook. I become more optimistic, confident and open-minded through various experiences. I gained much more than I had expected. Here I meet people from all over the world. One of them has become the friend for my lifetime. In short, it is worth-while!
I have got a summer job as an Olympic Box Office Ticket Seller in Weymouth & Portland. After that, I will either look forward to signing a training contract in the UK or go back to China and qualify as a Chinese Lawyer.