My four years at AUS were incredible and the Department of International Studies (INS) made my university experience all the more worthwhile. From its diverse courses in socioeconomic development to foreign policy and philosophy, to its professors and the overall supportive environment, the INS department made my years at AUS memorable and enjoyable. The INS department did not only offer me an excellent education, but it further provided me with opportunities where I was able to practically implement what I learned in the classrooms, gain professional experience, and enrich my skills. Such matters not only helped me land internships and jobs, but also allowed me to develop and grow as a well-rounded individual.
During my years in the INS department, I was an active and proud member of the Model United Nations (MUN) community. MUN enabled me to discuss and research specific topics of high relevance and importance to today’s world, including environmental and socioeconomic issues. Later on, I joined the AUS UAE Moot Court team, where alongside my bachelor’s degree in international relations, the department provided me with the opportunity to focus on a field I was extremely passionate about: international law. The Moot Court program was extremely organized and intense to the extent that we INS students stood in courtrooms before some of the world’s best law students and won cases!
I owe most of my success to the INS department. As a result of the excellent education offered by the department and the practical experience I gained, I was able -- though I was merely a junior undergraduate student -- to land training positions in two of the region’s most renowned law firms, complete a DIFC Courts certificate, and publish my first legal article at the mere age of 21. Moreover, during my senior year at AUS, I was able to land the position of Student VP of the International Law Students Association, being the first Middle Easterner to ever hold this position. I am currently completing my post-graduate degree in law in the UK and working as a probono advocate, researcher and translator at organizations that seek to help refugees and immigrants. Once I am done, I aim to return back to the UAE to kick-start my career in any field relating to legal services, international relations or communications. I believe AUS and the INS department properly equipped me for my career.