Shadya Alkharusi is from Oman and progressed to an LLB Law degree at Reading upon completion of her International Foundation Programme (IFP). Here she discusses her life changing experience of studying Law at Reading.
Shadha wanted to study law ever since she worked on a school project in which she had to cut articles out of newspapers. While she worked, she noticed that most of the news stories were related to law and order and legal issues. This sparked a curiosity in the young Shadha, who began a journey of research on the subject that has since led her to a career in the legal profession.
"As I began to correlate the advantages of a strong and enforced legal system with equality of people and the economic development of a country, I became more and more enthusiastic to study law."
When researching and deciding upon a university, Shadha knew she wanted to study somewhere which offered an academically stimulating course, whilst also being in a place where she would enjoy living in.
"I decided to pursue a law degree at Reading as I was looking for a University with a good ranking, good teaching faculty, multicultural community and sufficiently close to London in proximity."
Shadha joined the University's International Foundation Programme before progressing to her undergraduate degree.
"I believe the foundation year was somewhat like a stage between high school and university, which really gave me the required skills to transition between school and university smoothly. It gave the academic training, language and study skills to start my undergraduate studies. For example, it included modules such as academic skills which basically aimed at teaching us how to reference in a correct way, write academic essays and so much more. "