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Law alumna shares the benefits of volunteering for Brunel

Law alumna shares the benefits of volunteering for Brunel

Hafsa Arif

I chose Brunel for its purpose-built campus, diversity, and welcoming environment for international students.

Hafsa, Undergraduate, Alumni

Campaign Assistant, RMP Enterprise Ltd

Law with International Arbitration and Commercial Law LLB - 2022

From Pakistan

Previous Institution

Quaid-i-Azam University - BA degree

Which country do you currently live in?

UK

What are you passionate about and why?

When presented with the question “why do you want to be a lawyer?” my impetus was striving for prevailing justice. The tale of my late grandfather’s murder, and his bigoted murder trial coerced me to study law and change prevalent prejudice and injustice. It was my utmost desire to study law, however, in my country, studying medicine was contemplated as the only reasonable profession for female and smart students, which certainly is a myth. Every part of me wanted to transform our society which in my view was achievable through the legal profession. Nevertheless, I was single-minded not to compromise my end goals. Becoming a lawyer, and as a female with an outgoing personality, stood a cultural taboo. Despite several hindrances, I kept working hard consistently and eventually paved my path towards the Brunel Law School.

What does a typical day at work involve for you?

As a Campaign Assistant (Client Services) I am working with RMP's team of Account Managers to ensure that the campaigns are set up and performing. I am responsible for engaging directly with the university audience to inspire them with work experience opportunities. I have a hybrid working arrangement in which I work from my room / café / park on some days and at the office on others.

What are your plans for the next two years?

I have an interest in becoming a Solicitor Advocate, but before I enter the professional world of law on a full-time basis, I wish to enhance my legal knowledge by undertaking short law courses and exams.

Why do you enjoy volunteering for Brunel?

When I joined Brunel, I explored different volunteering programmes at Brunel Volunteers. I enthusiastically engaged myself in unusual volunteering activities on and off-campus. Volunteering for Brunel proved enjoyable for me; I have become more confident in public speaking and grown my global network - which is a dream come true for me!

How would you say your Brunel experience has helped you to get where you are today?

Brunel gave me the confidence and opportunities to stand out from the crowd.

Why did you choose to study at Brunel and why would you recommend Brunel to others?

I chose Brunel for its purpose-built campus, diversity, and welcoming environment for international students.

What is your best memory of studying here?

My favourite memory of studying at Brunel is living in the halls; it allowed me to step outside of my comfort zone and become patient.

If you could give one piece of advice to current Brunel students, what would that be?

Make the most of your university experience. Balance academics and extracurricular activities to create unforgettable memories.

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