Summer School Programme at Northumbria University, July 21 - August 02, 2014

The Latin words "Vires, Artes, Mores" have been guiding philosophy behind Northumbria University. Vires signifies strength of all kinds; Artes alludes to the beauty of intellectual pursuits as exemplified in various skills and more refers to character and custom.

Aldous Hurley once said "Experience is not what happens to you, it is what you do with what happens to you". These are the words we lined by while we went through this amazing experience.

An experience that taught us something new about ourselves. As crazy as it sounds, we enjoyed waking up early and clocking in at 7 am almost every day of our summer school with fresh energy and enthusiasm. After being a part of it, we understood the great traditions and morals it carried, from intense studies to fun, all was en stored for us. We did the unexpected and found ourselves becoming a part of it and it becoming the part of us.

The ten of us arrived on 20th of July 2014 at the New Castle International Airport where two students from Northumbria University were waiting with banners for us. They arranged taxis and we all were taken to the dormitory that was going to be our home for the next 2 weeks. The Claude Gibb Hall was warm, nice and cozy. We all had individual rooms and must say very spacious rooms. After resting for a while we all went downstairs for dinner. After having a sumptuous meal we all decided to go for a walk. We all walked for a long time and reached the Tynemouth port. Amazing view. Clicked few pictures and then walked back to the dormitory.

The most epic thing that we experienced for the first time there was that the sun doesn’t go down before 10 in the night. At 9:30 we all were sitting in one room and talking and we look out and it is broad-daylight. It felt weird but a new experience that was added to our experience folder. Next morning bright and crisp, we all got dressed and had a quick breakfast and rushed to figure out the way to the Law Campus. Once reaching there we met Maureen. She arranged our visitor IDs and then we all were taken to meet our professor who taught us the English Criminal Law for a week, Professor Adam Jackson. An amazing and very patient teacher. He would clarify all our doubts and explain everything in a very systematic and wonderful manner. Since I haven’t read criminal law till now, it intrigued me a lot. I had a lot of questions and they all were answered. We were given assignments which helped in our learning more. In the same week we explored the area as well. We went to the Angel of North and Alnwick Castle. Angel of North is like this big statue which holds the same value for people over there like the India Gate does for us. Alnwick Castle is the castle which was used in the Harry Potter movies as Hogwarts. Wonderful places and fun filled trip to both the places. On one day we were taken to the court as well where we sat to observe the proceedings. That was one experience that we all are going to relive because it was the first time we saw the jury. On the weekend few people went to Scotland while few stayed back.

This trip also gave us all an opportunity to interact and know each other better. The second week we had two professors- Lisa and Sarah. This was a fun filled week. It was more of a practical approach to law. We were given various tasks that we were supposed to do. Like negotiation, client counseling, writing a legal opinion and taking interview of the client. Lisa and Sarah encouraged us to think and put forward our views.

During this week we all realized what kind of lawyers we would if we do continue with this line. I definitely was able to chart out what kind of lawyer I want to be. It broadened my mind and made me realize how I am going to be in the future hopefully. It made me realize that law is a good choice for me.
To conclude I would say it was the most amazing trip that I’ve ever had. I realized that I can stay away from my family independently and handle things so in a way made me responsible. I definitely made new friends and learnt a lot. It was a fun filled trip but it was not all fun, we all learnt something that we all are definitely going to cherish for a long time.

In the end three guiding philosophies of Northumbria University have always been a part of our life but with this one we were able to understand their great importance.

We thank Northumbria University for showing us a new way of life and our College for this amazing opportunity!