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Student Profile: Haajrah Rohom

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LLM International Development Law and Human Rights

How did you hear about Warwick?

I wanted to do an LLM related to Human Rights Law after completing my LLB and very few UK universities offered same. I researched the top UK law schools for my postgraduate study and found out about the LLM in International Development Law and Human Rights (IDLHR) at Warwick. The course and the different modules offered by Warwick seemed very appealing and I started delving deeper into what this programme offers. The website of the Warwick School of Law itself was quite informative.

When you found out about the University, did you contact us to find out more?

Once I found out about Warwick and the LLM programmes it offered, I naturally wanted to know more. So, my first point of contact was the PG Law Admissions team of Warwick. Their responses were very quick and concise, unlike other universities where I applied for my LLM as well. They also sign-posted me whenever needed. What was even more helpful to me was that once I was offered a place at Warwick, I was given the contact details of a then-current Warwick student, who was doing the same programme that I chose. Despite the fact that she was busy working on her dissertation at that time, she answered my every single query happily and advised me as much as she could. Hence, even before joining Warwick Law School, I already had an idea of what awaited me in September. Sometimes, it is better to speak to a former student about their experiences.

What has been the best thing about your student experience here?

The best thing about Warwick is its diversity – this is something that I have never stopped emphasising on. I have never been in a classroom full of people from so many different backgrounds and cultures. I lived for three years in London, acosmopolitan society, before moving to Warwick. Yet, I found my experience at Warwick more enriching as it is there that I got to actually meet people from literally all over the world, share my views and opinions with them and learn about other cultures. I still remember when we had our end-of-year party for the LLM. We had a bring-and-share, and the party seemed like an international food fair! I was able to taste food from Brazil, Greece, Uganda and India just to mention a few.

If you were giving advice to a student considering study at Warwick, what advice would you give them?

Make the most of your time at Warwick and of the diverse cultures buzzing around campus. Seize every opportunity that comes your way! Get out of your comfort zone, explore new things and discover your own hidden talents and skills. There are always so many activities happening on campus at Warwick – societies’ events, workshops, talks, seminars by external guests and networking events.

Warwick has a brilliant Arts Centre – there are classical music, theatres, shows and movies – all at discounted prices for students! Make the most of it whilst you are at university.

There are also many resources available on campus that help students both academically and non-academically such as a 24/7 library and wellbeing support during exam period. Do not hesitate to take advantage of all these facilities at your disposal. Have fun and challenge yourself and it will be one of the best times of your life.

What one thing makes you happy about Warwick?

The warm and friendly atmosphere of Warwick is what I miss most about it. I studied at a top London university for my LLB for three years and then one year at Warwick. Yet, I felt more at home at Warwick.

Furthermore, my experience as a Muslim student at Warwick, one of the most international universities around the world, has been pleasant and amazing. One of my favourite places on campus and which I miss the most, is the Warwick Prayer Hall. It was not just a place to pray, but it was also a place where I could chill after a full day of study, and a place where I would make friends who were from different courses. In addition, it has many facilities – a place for ablution, a fully-equipped kitchen and even a small library. Being a Muslim girl living far away from home, the Prayer Hall has provided with a family. The fasting month of Ramadan can be quite hard in the UK. But for me, it had been magical, as the Prayer Hall had the same spirit of Ramadan as back at home. Breaking your fast, praying and doing suhoor with friends on campus had been like being at home away from home.