Asim Asghar

Law - LLB (Hons)

The community at BCU really stood out for Asim. He struggled with the independent study initially, but the communal study areas and a supportive group of friends have helped him to find the right balance between social activities and academic work.

"It was the community that made BCU stand out to me. It was actually a key factor in choosing this university. I love that there are people from all over the world who can teach you so much.

It’s great to be able to go somewhere where everybody is accepted for who they are with no judgments, just positive vibes. Everything BCU offers me as a student means I always have an amazing day and go home smiling.

I had always wanted to go to university to study law. As I came closer to choosing where I wanted to go, I realised it wasn’t just the course I should consider, but the university itself too. I felt very welcomed at BCU in comparison to other universities when I came to an Open Day. There were lots of current students there for me to talk to which made me feel involved with students here before I even started. I’m actually still friends with some of the students that showed me around initially.

Since starting here, I’m constantly being encouraged to try new things or get involved in activities that are going to give me a better university experience outside of my course. It’s really helped me to come out of my shell and pursue things I never would have felt capable of before. The confidence I’ve developed has helped me to start modelling and working with a few independent brands.

My biggest challenge since coming to uni has been time management and independent study – it’s such a step up from college. It’s great to be able to socialise and enjoy university, but you also have to know when it’s time to hit the books. Although it’s been difficult, learning to manage my time has actually been really good for me, as it’s a key skill that will help me in the future.

The amount of study space at BCU also really helps. My friends and I can book out a private study room or head to the open plan library for group revision sessions or exam prep. As I’m quite a people’s person I really enjoy being able to make the most of the communal facilities at BCU, rather than just working at home on my own.

‘I am BCU’ is a motto to me. It represents everything from the community you become a part of, to the positive mind set the university encourages. It also stands for being the best you can be in every sense of the word; how you treat people, your academic ability, and being open to trying new, daring things."

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