Sunday, March 20, 2011

Choices After 'A' Level

The GCE ‘A’ Level results were released some weeks back. Traditionally, this is the time of the year when I receive many queries from those who have collected their results.

Many contact me about the options they have, specifically in relation to studying law in England & Wales.

Some of them have the luxury of unconditional offers from multiple universities. Some have conditional offers but didn’t quite make the grade. There are always the few who, like me, did not do so well at such examinations and do not know what to do next.

To all these people, I offer a similar line of thoughts.

Choices are never easy to make. Take your time to make these choices – of course, ensuring you work within any deadlines given to you in relation to offers from universities! Unlike most of my peers, I knew from the age of 14 that I wanted to study law in university. When I did not do so well in my ‘A’ Level examinations, I had two years (in national service) to decide my next steps.

Weigh the advantages and disadvantages of making any decision. Research, research, research! One tipping point for me in accepting an offer from Leicester Law School was I wanted a school where the faculty took a personal interest in you, and where you could make lifelong friends. I got this impression talking to past and present students, and the then teachers at the law school.

When you finally make a choice, make the most of it. Take advantage of as many of the opportunities as reasonably possible, which flow from that decision. Enjoy the journey!

Today, some 12 years on, I can confidently reflect that accepting that offer from Leicester Law School was one of the best decisions I made in my life. My stint there played an integral role in shaping my personal values and my professional career.

Dharmendra Yadav

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