11 IGCSEs, 4 A-Levels, BA (Law) (St John’s College, University of Cambridge)
If you are studying at university, tell us about your course/major and why you chose it.
I am currently studying for a Master of Laws at the LSE. I chose to pursue a postgraduate degree in order to specialise in public international law (PIL), a field concerned with the rules which regulate the interactions between countries, international organisations, and individuals.
My course is made up of a number of different modules relating to sub-fields within PIL, such as international human rights law. PIL has been a longstanding area of interest for me, and I have found that my course builds upon my prior PIL exposure at the undergraduate level nicely.
What is your most memorable experience in school?
Some of my most memorable experiences were travelling abroad with friends on school trips to Bangkok and Brunei.
What were your favourite and least favourite subjects in school, and why?
My favourite subjects in school were Biology and Chemistry. My least favourite subject was Maths, as it did not come terribly intuitively to me. My Maths teachers at GIS deserve ample credit for their patience in guiding me through!
What extracurricular activities did you do?
I participated actively in the Model United Nations during my time at GIS. I also represented the school in the World Scholar’s Cup academic competition, and helped run a small student-led enterprise as part of Enterprise for Community.
What was the best thing about your school? What important lessons did you learn in your school that have helped you in your life?
The best thing about GIS was how it encouraged students to take initiative. The school fosters a dynamic environment that caters to different students' needs brilliantly. So no matter what your interests, strengths or challenges are - there is the support and resources on hand for your personal development.
An important lesson I learnt was to be mindful of the world around us. This is something I gained particularly from participating in the Model United Nations, and contributed to my desire to pursue a career in PIL.
If you could travel back in time, what is the one thing that you would change when you were a student?
I wouldn’t change a thing! Stories about time travel tend to suggest that any change you make to your past often lead to terrible consequences for your future. It is more useful to reflect on past ‘mistakes’ and treat them instead of learning experiences. That way, you avoid unnecessary regrets, while still striving to improve yourself and make better decisions.
What advice would you give to current students of your alma mater?
Make the most of the opportunities you have. It is an immense privilege to be able to study at a school like GIS, and we have a responsibility to use that privilege to advance the causes of those less advantaged in some way. But don’t place the weight of the world on your shoulders - how to make a meaningful contribution to society is something I continue to grapple with today. Also, keep in touch with your friends!