Assia Al Jerrari's incredible journey as a student in the School of Law
Coming to Queen Mary to study Law was frightening as a little 18 year old who packed her bags to move to London. It was even more frightening after being diagnosed with cancer in my first year. However, I realised that the university were there to support me in every way they could.
The Disability and Dyslexia Service provided me with support: counselling, recording devices for lectures and even advocated for me whenever that was needed. The university were patient and understanding, providing deferrals when I was too unwell. The careers team provided me with all the information and guidance I needed to secure a training contract, with intern opportunities and application workshops all year round.
I genuinely enjoyed my Law degree and specifically modules like Public Law, UK Human Rights Law and Jurisprudence where I learned more about the things that I was passionate about. Having the choice to complete a dissertation in my final year was probably one of the highlights of my degree. Although it was difficult, it was also a huge opportunity to learn and grow.
The lecturers and tutors I’ve had throughout have been the most intelligent people I’ve come across and have been always willing to help. I quickly learned that office hours are a tool to utilise for a First class essay! And now here I am, four years later, cancer free, graduating and incredibly pleased with my achievements that could not have been reached without the support of my university (and my mother of course)!