Meet Rida Azhar

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Rida Azhar is a first year Law student.  She tells us about a typical day, her favourite module, the friends she's made and how she spends her free time.

Rida Azhar

How does your day normally start?

My typical day starts off by being dropped off at university, it’s easy and accessible by car which is a good thing. My first lecture is at 9:00 am but before that I grab a cup of hot chocolate from the Mary Seacole Building so that I feel refreshed and ready for the day.

My first lecture this semester is Criminal Law which is my favourite module because it talks about the intention of crime (which is the mens rea) and the actus rea, the action of the crime, so it looks at the difference between Murder and Manslaughter. The topic of murder I find interesting because it’s like you are investigating the case yourself as you read deeper into it. You as a student ask why was the act committed? what made them do the act?; the more questions you have the more likely you are to have a strong answer to the question.

What do you do for lunch?

At lunch time me and my classmates go to the Allerton building because the dining area is so comfortable and there is a variety of food that you can choose from for example halal food, Chinese etc. The food on campus is wide ranging, multicultural and diverse. We also have famous food franchises nearby for example MacDonald’s and Subway.

What do you do in your free time?

In my free time I go to the library and prepare for the lecture for the next day and if I have a seminar then I do additional reading so that I am fully prepared. When I am at home I self study so for example if I did not understand a topic the lecturer talked about then I read further into it so that I understand. If I still don’t understand it then I will ask the lecturer to explain it to me again (the staff at Salford are so nice and easy to talk to).

Me and my friends’ favourite socialising place is the library.  It has two floors, it’s absolutely amazing cos it has all the resources that you need and the library is open 24 hours.  It also has a café inside if you want coffee or anything else to drink. Me and my friends make TikToks, have a laugh I am really happy that I met them, they made me a better person.

I have joined the Islamic Society and because of that I have made really good friends and grown as a person because of them. It has also helped me to become closer to my religion as well as God.

I have been involved in charity groups that help raise money.  I have also helped them host events for example a team time for woman only, where they can come and make new friends as well as getting to know the society which is located in the faith centre where people from all religions can pray.

How are things going at University?

I am happy that I chose Salford University because it has helped me grow as a person.  I’ve met amazing people, gained so many experiences and my teachers have helped me along the way. I am excited to see what the future holds for me.