Alice Drain

Why did you decide to contact Lancaster University through Adjustment and Clearing?

Unfortunately, I didn’t get the grades I expected to when my International Baccalaureate results came through at my time at the end of Sixth Form. After realising that Clearing was my best option, I applied to a variety of universities through Clearing, including Lancaster and received a number of offers. I didn’t know much at all about many of these universities, but when it came to weighing up my options, I realised that Lancaster was the best place for me, even on paper. I knew that academically it had a great reputation, and I knew I wanted to go to a northern university. Following extensive googling on Clearing day, I accepted the Lancaster offer and dutifully travelled up to campus for an open day a week before I was due to move in. I was immediately struck by the incredibly friendly atmosphere and the attitudes of both staff and students, and was greatly encouraged by the content of the talks given throughout the day.

What do you feel is the best aspect of studying at Lancaster University?

The approach taken to studying really suits the way in which I work, as there is a lot of flexibility with a large amount of private study. I think one of the things I enjoy most about studying law here is the way in which you are encouraged to question what you learn; you can go into a seminar feeling very strongly about a certain point of law, but can leave with a changed mind. Encouraging debate and discussion on topics has helped me to keep an open mind, and as a result, I feel that I have learnt about law in a lot more breadth than I otherwise would have.

What’s best about the social life and activities at Lancaster?

There is definitely something for everyone at Lancaster; the variety of clubs and societies is fantastic. One of the things I have enjoyed most during my time here has been dressing up for every imaginable theme as part of the socials held by my college netball team, which I joined in my first year here. It’s amazing to see what people can make out of bin bags and charity shop clothes!

How does Lancaster University provide you with support, advice and guidance?

I’ve always felt that help has been available should I ever need someone to turn to, whether on a personal or academic level. Welfare teams on JCR Execs are great for a cup of tea or a quick chat, and can also offer support for more serious problems. The Execs are students too, which is perhaps less intimidating than going to a member of staff. I have an academic advisor within the Law Office, who is someone I can go to should I experience any problems. Academically, the Law Office staff are great for giving all sorts of advice, such as what career path or choice of modules is right for me. I constantly receive useful information about career opportunities which is currently helping me as I start to consider my future outside of university. On campus, we have the Base, which, like the Law Office, offers help and guidance on a huge variety of topics.

What advice would you give to college students considering studying at Lancaster University?

Apply! Lancaster may not have been my original choice, but looking back, I’m so glad that I came. I have met so many lovely people, and have been able to develop a real passion for my studies. Reading is also something I would advise; consider reading around a topic you might be interested in, reading a newspaper, even reading a good book. As a student, you will find yourself suddenly expected to do a lot more private study, much of which is reading!

And finally, what do you aspire to be?

During my time here I have developed a real passion for international and human rights law, and I would love to be able to work in those areas. My chief aim, once I have graduated, is to qualify to become a solicitor, but I would love to be able to work as an international lawyer in different parts of the world.