Name, Course, Year, Home town: Kyla Burton, LLB (Law) (Hons) 1st Class, 2016-20, (Studied at the University of West London as an International Student), Originally from Antigua & Barbuda Student Business: Personally I did not have a side hustle as I was an international student and I had limitations on what I could and couldn't do. I preferred to work on campus as a Student Ambassador for the university and a Student representative for Law & Criminology students. I was able to work in different areas of the university and externally while gaining so many skills Why you choose your course an: I always wanted to study law but my main interest is in criminology, few universities offer double majors in both. I decided best to do my undergrad in law and masters in criminology to propel me into my career path. Best A level/Subjects for the course: Law, History, and sociology. the first two lays a nice foundation with knowledge and understanding. I choose to do sociology because I knew what I wanted to do at the end. (I did 6 A levels) I would say choose the 3rd, as it is customary for UK students, based on what area you want to pursue after. if you're interested in practising commercial law, I would say do business, just to have a better understanding. Placement year: I didn't do a placement year but my course had a work experience- Free legal clinic (this was available to staff, students, and the community) - that students could choose to volunteer at from the beginning of the course if they wanted to. We are trained and receive support from the solicitors and barristers who worked there. Best and Worse things about studying at your university: Best - the support that's available to us as students. with student representatives, the student union on a whole, university student services, and external organizations affiliated with the universities- it makes it easier and possible for students to succeed and remain on their courses. Worse - As an international student, I was limited to the additional funding and bursaries that were available to me. At the beginning of my second year, my country was hit badly by a hurricane and my family was affected, that being said I wanted to take the burden off my parents for a while so that they could rebuild as they were supporting me financially. Where you live up's and downs: I lived in student accommodations for 2 of my 3 years studying. The one downside was some of the flatmates I had in my first year, we only share the kitchen and dining area but they made it hard to use. they were not clean. Upsides- all en suites, close to some of my friends when we wanted to have a movie night or just hang, and the best part it was two minutes away from the second campus the first was only ten minutes away and we had our university buses to travel to uni, the shopping area, and the train stations. Best University Accommodation: Personally, between the main student halls and the student village, I would say the halls. I would pay my rent monthly or by instalments and not worry about anything else such as bills, with student village, students have to work that out separately. it may not seem like a big thing but for me, I didn't want to have to worry about something else and I wanted to just focus on uni. But if I'm being really honest, paying bills makes it feel like I'm really an adult and not a child anymore so I hung unto as much as I could What do you think of the University Area: Accessible, a wide variety and affordable What advice would you give to first years: Don't be afraid to ask questions, there is soo much support available for students in unis and often we don't realize this. Take the freebies, you're a student, you don't have money to spend, I didn't buy any stationary for the three years I studied. Get involved with your Student Union (SU)- my uni experience would not have been the same if I didn't have the support of my SU, whether it was listening and supporting complains, asking for changes on the courses, joining societies and creating ones if they are not established. SUs are not only for parties and sports. They're run by students for students Why did you choose University: I always wanted to go to university when I realized it was an option. coming from a disadvantaged background, I knew that having that paper in my hands would open more doors for me especially in my country.