(Original post by Princepieman)
Plans after grad? i.e. TC secured or further study or some other grad job.
Best memory of your time at UCL?
What were your coursemates like? To what extent did they fit the aggressive/competitive stereotype?
How do you spend your free time at uni?
What are you doing this summer? (any vac schemes, minis, an internship?)
Are you happy with choosing law or wish you chose some other subject then converted?
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Plans - hopefully further study at Oxbridge/LSE or the USA universities. I really want to do a Masters in Chinese Law/East Asian International Relations as well as keep up my language skills.
Best memory - honestly, it's been the friends I've made. I met one of my close friends and second year flatmate in the first week of Freshers as a total coincidence, and I ended up visiting her in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for this year's New Years. It was incredible - UCL's international student body really introduces you to people you never would have otherwise met.
Coursemates - I think it's good to remember people change drastically over time at university. Law students will always be competitive at first, but remember you're all in the same boat, and the subject is hard for everyone. It's true that law students are a clique in themselves, but it's because we need moral support from each other sometimes haha. Sometimes there will be someone in your year you didn't meet at all in first year who ends up randomly joining your tutorial as a catch-up session, and you end up being best friends (and they save your second year grades because they are insanely clever).
Free time - try to establish a routine as early on as possible, as I genuinely believe the lack of consistency at university contributes to harming mental health. I like sports, so I play lacrosse a couple times a week, and I really enjoy the exercise classes at the Student Central Union. There's also an amazing Waterstones near UCL where I often go browse books or catch up on studying. If all else fails, I call up a friend and see if they're free for coffee or lunch - everyone lives in the same area around uni so this is really easy.
Summer - I'm in Singapore at the moment visiting family, but I'll be going to Shanghai in August fully-funded on the UK Government Study China Programme to study Mandarin Chinese and Business at East China Normal University for the month. No vac schemes because I wasn't sure if I wanted to go straight into the LPC after graduation, and second year was very tough for me mentally.
Happiness - my answer to this changes depending on what time of the year it is (i.e, during exam season, resounding NO), but I am glad I chose to do it. Personally, I think it's harder to convert from another subject when you could just do it from the beginning, and you get all sorts of exposure and inside tips during your law degree that you would have to actively seek out otherwise. It's also a degree that teaches you great skills. Yes, it can be dry, but it is rewarding when you do well in a subject as challenging as Law. My ex did very badly this year (2:2s and 3rds) but that was only because he didn't take it that seriously, never went to lectures and started revising less than a week before exams. Put in the effort, befriend the smart people, and most importantly, enjoy.