“Having Inappropriate Sinus Tachycardia & Paroxysmal Tachycardia Syndrome means that I have to manage the effects of fainting and fatigue throughout my everyday life. This has been challenging at times, especially since my condition is invisible and from an external perspective I can look perfectly healthy.
Balancing assignments, societies and a social life can be tricky for any student, but try adding into the mix regular hospital appointments and having to undergo surgery. I began to realise that to get everything I needed done, I would have to study in a more creative way – being organised, efficient with my time and finding ways to self-teach material that I had missed from lectures. This meant writing essays from a hospital bed or reading every article on the reading list because I hadn’t attended a single seminar. This approach is what I see as my plus – having the adaptability, resilience and determination to continue with my studies despite adversity – skills which will be incredibly useful for a career in law.
My undergraduate degree ended up taking me 5 years to complete, however, I ensured that I blended work experience into every period of time that I was well enough to do so. Upon graduating from Durham I was lucky enough to be awarded a role with SABMiller through the Change100 Disability Internship programme. Following this, I went on to win the British Council & CRCC Asia Disability Scholarship to work in Marketing and Relationships with the British Council in Shanghai.” – Jasmine Rahman