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This LLB Law student talks about her course, the best aspects of living in Cardiff and taking part in the Belly Dancing Society and Asian Society.
Student name: Chaitrali Kale
Course title: LLB Law
Year of graduation: 2016
Chaitrali comes from India and is in her final year of a law degree; after she graduates she plans to either do a master's or take a break to get some work experience.
Why did you choose Cardiff University?
Cardiff University has a great reputation as part of the Russell Group, which instantly drew my attention. The law course was very well ranked and the degree was recognised in my country. Once I knew that I wanted to go to Cardiff University I looked into the city with regards to safety, entertainment and transport facilities. I discovered that Cardiff had been ranked as the best place to live in the UK.
Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?
The biggest difference I found was in the structure of the syllabus. Back home the syllabus was extensive. At Cardiff, there were fewer topics in each module, but you were expected to know each one of them in great detail which helps you understand the core of your subject.
What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?
Studying at Cardiff is all about independent study, based on a framework provided by your tutors. This really encourages you to look beyond the textbooks and formulate your own opinion. The second year is actually teaching us ‘how to think like lawyers’ rather than just learn the law.
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?
The best thing about Cardiff is the size of the city. You do not have to deal with traffic, long commutes, and higher cost of living or crime rates nor is it like living in the countryside. It is a perfectly modern, peaceful capital city with access to everything from supermarkets and shopping places to clubs and restaurants all within walking distance or a small taxi ride away, which fits within a student budget.
Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?
I am a part of the Belly Dancing Society and also of the Asian Society. For me, belly dancing provided an opportunity to try something new and unique. Later I discovered that there were plenty others in the society who were trying it for the first time which made it more fun to rehearse and ultimately perform in the university’s many talent shows.
The Asian Society organises balls and parties to celebrate all kinds of Asian festivals from Diwali and Eid to Chinese New Year. It helps to combat homesickness during the festive seasons and provides an opportunity to celebrate other Asian festivals. Joining a society is the best way to meet people outside of your course and flat.
How has the University supported you during your time here?
In my first year, I found it a little difficult to adapt to the different studying pattern. Hence, I enrolled for the academic and study skills classes which were once a week and organised by the University’s Student Support Centre.
They are free and they really helped me overcome my study and exam anxieties. The University also organises plenty of career events and informative talks, some that specifically cater to international students.
What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?
I would tell them not to worry because once they are here they will find all the help they need. My time in Cardiff has been memorable and I am sure it will be the same for them.
What are your plans for the future?
After I finish my bachelor’s degree I plan to either do my master’s or take a break to get some work experience.
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