- From Barbados
- Adult learner
- Mooting competitor
Abigail knew she wanted to study law in the UK and she says Bradford's programme stood out from the rest.
"The LLB at Bradford has so many opportunities compared to other universities.
"Next year I can specialise in criminal law - I was so happy when the dean here introduced the specialisations, as that’s something different to other universities. It will make me stand out.
"I want to take advantage of the opportunities to go into court a lot.
"Bradford Magistrates’ Court, which is a short walk from City Campus, extended an invitation to us to go along.
"I wanted to study in the UK because law is your baby."
The layout of the city of Bradford appealed to Abigail, who didn't fancy somewhere crowded like London.
"I like a quiet area, I wanted a self-contained university town and that's what I got.
"It’s like a little hub here.
"This is the first time I’ve been to the UK, but I knew where I was going and I had a checklist from the international office of what to do. I just ticked them off as I went and knew I’d done everything I needed to.
"It was easy to find answers to anything I didn’t know when I arrived by asking the student ambassadors.
"It’s exactly what I wanted. You miss your mum and dad, but you know you want to be a lawyer and this is going to get me there."
It's a family
Abigail is living at The Green, the award-winning student accommodation on City Campus.
"The Green video helped me to know what it was going to like and it’s exactly as it was in the video. I knew I wanted to be here at The Green.
"It’s a family, it’s safe, and it’s beautiful.
"There are six of us in the flat - my flatmates are quiet and everyone does different disciplines. We respect each other's space but we manage to see each other at weekends.
"I love the study area in my room, it’s perfect. The gym is right there, the laundry room right there."
As Abigail is studying Law, she is based at the Emm Lane Campus, a couple of miles from the city centre.
"The campus is beautiful, when you get off the bus it’s like, wow. It wouldn’t have been the same on the City Campus.
"Everyone around you is doing business or law.
"It’s different, cosy, intimate. The architecture is amazing.
"The service in the library is awesome. They get to know you, it’s really nice.
"The teaching staff know their stuff, and they are enthusiastic about it. They put humour into our lectures.
"I’ve never had a boring lecture. And the lecture rooms themselves are breathtaking."
When Abigail joined the University of Bradford, she didn't expect to be representing the University in national competitions, but she joined the Mooting Club and that's exactly what's she's doing.
"My teachers recommended that I got on board with Mooting - I didn't want to do it at first, but I'm so glad I did.
"Mooting is like a debate dealing with a real-life issue - normally obscure areas of law.
"Both teams research a question and we argue our sides. A real courtroom judge decides who wins."
Advice for those considering Bradford?
"Know what you want, if you want a cosy town where everything is in walking distance, choose Bradford. If you want teachers who will push you beyond your limits, choose Bradford."