International student celebrates degree success

A graduating student from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia who came to study at Swansea has credited her achievement to her family’s support, the King Abduallah Scholarship program, and her own drive to succeed.

Jood AlharthiTwenty one year old Jood Alharthi was supported by her proud family, when she graduated with a LLB from the College of Law at a Degree and Award Congregation held in the City and County of Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall today (Wednesday 22 July).

Jood chose to study Law as she was interested in how it regulates society not only locally, but nationally and internationally.  She decided to come to Swansea University due to its welcoming community of international students and busy calendar of social events.  She also loved the University’s campus facilities and its location meant that she often found herself taking walks after classes, reading a novel by the beach between breaks, and having lunch picnics with friends.

She made the most of her time at University and also completed various internships, including ones at the UN, with a Federal Judge in California, with not–for-profit organization, Tasamy and also several legal firms.  She found each internship was a unique learning experience having its own challenges, but she met each one with enthusiasm and hard work.

Jood said: “Experience after experience has proved to me that in choosing to study Law at Swansea University has opened several doors of opportunities. I am now confident in the ambitious future goals I wish to pursue. I know that I will continue to appreciate the endless aspects, fields and positions that my law degree has empowered me with.”

Jood also threw herself into University life and joined the Badminton society, UNICEF society and also the Debating Society, which was her favourite.  She said: “Just knowing that twice a week I would meet up with argumentative, opinionated and vocal students was always something to look forward to! I really enjoyed the different debates and topics that I would never get the chance to discuss to in a regular day.”

Criminal law lecturer and work placement co-ordinator, Dr Stuart MacDonald, said: “Jood has truly made the most of the opportunities that the University has offered and exemplifies Swansea’s commitment to student employability.”