Albert Camus in The Myth of Sisyphus aptly refers to true accomplishment as existing in the struggles of the journey rather than the destination. I share the account of the struggles of my journey to graduate from the University of London LLB (Hons) programme. A few days before the final exam results were released for the LLB, I received an email informing me that I had been one of three students who had been awarded with a first class degree this year. I was, of course, very happy to know this but I was totally astonished by the fact revealed online by Mr Simon Askey that my results were, in his words, "the best first of the century".

My journey towards achieving these results began with scepticism at the start of studying for a law qualification. Having a background in applied sciences, I didnʼt really see me smoothly progressing in a degree that required a lot of reading without providing any concrete scientific answers at the end. However, right from the start I did believe that once one puts oneʼs mind and effort into something nothing would be impossible.

Although I feel proud, and at the same time humbled, at obtaining a record breaking result, ironically this final year result doesnʼt reflect the struggles of the toughest year in my legal studies, which was in fact the first year. I was not accustomed to extensive academic reading, so it took me a while in the first year to settle into acquiring the reading habit that would pave the way to what I was able to achieve in the final year. If memory serves me right, all I did for the first three to four months at the start of this degree was to go home from my teaching institute and read the University material all evening, until I couldnʼt read any more. For me, this was a period that showed me how to approach legal studies and obtain the grades I wanted. Consequently, when the first year exam results were released, I was awarded with a cash prize from the University for obtaining one of the best results from an overseas candidate.

In hindsight, I can undoubtedly say that the effort I made at the beginning of the degree (alongside the habits I acquired) became the foundation for my exam success in the second and final year of the LLB. My second year results were again acknowledged by the University to be the best in the world and I was awarded with the Routledge Prize. Besides the acknowledgement of my exam performance I felt that, as time went on, I was able to comprehend, analyse, and read widely but in a much shorter time.

It's important for any student to set small milestones within a larger goal and go about fulfilling those milestones in a systematic way, with consistency. Since the very start, my goal was simple: study every subject with equal interest, put consistent effort in, and try to get a distinction in each one of them. While I had partial success in these goals during the first couple of years, it was in the final and most important year that I feel that I was able to significantly accomplish the said aim. The lesson for me, and hopefully for all reading this account, is simple: keep working hard consistently, and even things which seemed impossible at one point become possible and achievable. For a student, progress is a significant incentive and I feel proud that, as I progressed with my learning abilities, these came to be reflected through the results I obtained in this degree. my-journey-towards-achieving-best-results-world-llb