Student Experiences - South Africa

Shavani Naidu - LLB Law

Shavani Naidu19 years, two continents, more than 15 university applications later and here I am…studying law at the University of Bristol.

I am what they call a “third culture kid.” After living in South Africa for 15 years I moved to Singapore for 4 years. Living on two very different continents, I have been exposed to a variety of different people, cultures and completely different ways of life.

New country, new people, new culture and 6 months later the city feels like home to me. Moving to Bristol was my first time in the UK. I had no idea what to expect! The initial transition to University life was overwhelming- as it is for every first year student regardless of how far or close you are from home. Everything and everyone was new to me but after moving around many times over the last few years I’ve come to realize how refreshing and exciting change can be. Bristol’s diverse student population and wide range of extra circular activities and societies made settling in so much easier.

I was especially anxious about what studying law was going to be like having never studied it before and knowing nothing about the British legal system.  Now I can happily say that I am at the end of my first year and I could not be more confident with my choice to study law.  The hands on professors, the variety of teaching methods and the in depth curriculum has provided me with a solid foundation for my study of law for the coming years. Another perk of being a law student is the famous Wills Memorial Building, which is the envy of every non-law student. Situated in the heart of the city, between classes you can enjoy the vibrancy and energy of the city with the variety of roadside cafes and restaurants.

The city is small enough to easily adapt to but big enough to always find something to do. Bristol is equipped for students with its amazing nightlife and abundance of bars and pubs. No matter what day of the week it is there is always somewhere to go. What I love most about living in Bristol is being able to experience a community and city life all in a day. Living in Churchill Hall in Stoke Bishop I get to socialize with 300 other first years and at the same time being able to enjoy the excitement of the hustle and bustle of the city in between lectures. Being an international student, I take every opportunity I get to explore the neighboring cities. With the cheap and efficient public transport system travelling has never been easier.

In all honesty, moving to Bristol was the biggest change of my life and that came with a lot of anxiety and fear but I can gladly say that my time in Bristol thus far has been the most amazing, fulfilling and life changing experience. 

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