The LLB Law student talks about the 'many innumerable things' she enjoys about studying here, including the teachers, the lectures, tutorials and coursework.
Student name: Yetunde Amodu
Course title: LLB Law
Year of graduation: 2015
Yetunde comes from Nigeria and studied a law degree. She plans to pursue a master's degree in Corporations Law or Business Law. She gained admission into New York University, America. After that, she intends to go back to Nigeria for law school to get acquainted with the legal system.
Why did you choose Cardiff University?
Cardiff University appealed to me from the first time I saw it online. I saw its academic ranking and read its reviews.
I felt it was a nice, small student city which would be best for a newbie like me, who had never left the shores of Africa. It was my first choice in 2012, and if asked to do another Law degree, I would definitely choose Cardiff again.
Tell us about your course. How is it different to classes back home?
I studied LLB Law. It has been good – stressful, but good. Like all other courses, it’s all about effective reading and proper time management.
What you have enjoyed most about studying at Cardiff University?
I especially like the way modules are organised and delivered to help one understand the theoretical and practical aspects of each course – things are taught in a way that will be relevant to a lawyer’s life after exams!
I enjoy many innumerable things about studying here, the teachers and the way the lectures, tutorials and coursework are structured makes life easy for me.
The environment is ideal for learning and the facilities and resources provided to complement the course are excellent. One can do well in school, take up part-time work, and also partake in extracurricular activities - it is all about achieving the right balance!
What is the best thing about living in Cardiff?
I like the quiet, but vibrant nature of the city. The mornings are cool, but the nights are wild, as in nights out, clubbing etc. The cost of living is low, and everywhere is within walking distance so no need to spend so much money on transport, like in other major cities!
Are you a member of any clubs and/or societies? What’s it like to be part of a society?
Yes, I am a member of AIESEC and Afro-Caribbean Society. Such societies promote cultural diversity, and togetherness.
AIESEC is an internationally recognised society, where we strive to better ourselves and make the world a better place. Our main activity is to recruit interns from UK and other parts of the world to participate in global exchange and community service development programs.
We are divided into groups where we learn how to specialise in different business activities and enhance our business skills. All in all, I feel like I am part of a big happy family, where I learn a whole lot about developing my leadership and transferable skills, plus I get to socialise too!
The Afro-Caribbean Society, as the name indicates, is all about promoting the African and Caribbean culture. Being part of this society makes me feel closer to home; I have the opportunity to meet other Africans and I am able to learn how they speak, dance, what they eat, and get accustomed to their ways of life in general. This society makes me appreciate the beauty of Africa more, by taking me back to the roots through their traditional shows, and art events held throughout the year like the popular ROOTS and Afrogene events.
How has the University supported you during your time here?
The University has benefitted me greatly in many ways, by exposing me to a lot of opportunities. I now speak better and I am more knowledgeable in many areas. I feel more confident knowing I can go almost anywhere in the world, communicate effectively, and present myself and the University in the best light!
The Law School has also given me two generous Merit scholarships of £3,000 in my 2nd and 3rd year due to my academic achievements, without me applying for them! This has greatly helped me (a little extra pocket money) and I feel I am helping my family, in the little way I can.
What would be your advice for prospective students thinking about coming to Cardiff?
Don’t think about it, just come. Both Cardiff as a city and University are one of the best places in the world to live in; the world just does not know it yet.
What are your plans for the future?
After my LLB, I plan to pursue a master’s degree in Corporations Law or Business Law. I have recently gained admission into New York University, America and I hope to start there this fall. After that, I intend to go back to Nigeria for Law School to get acquainted with the legal system. I will likely end up as a corporate lawyer in one of the big Nigerian firms, or return overseas, to become qualified too; and hopefully live happily ever after.