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Meet the 2015 Languages Undergraduate of the Year Award winner!
Name: Aysel Kucuksu University: Queen Mary University of London Course: LLB English and European Law Aysel won the Languages Undergraduate of the Year Award 2015 with EU Careers and still now can't believe she won!!
I was on my year abroad in Denmark when I first saw an
email from the Law department at Queen Mary, University of London outlining the
various categories one could compete in as part of the ‘Undergraduate of the
Year’ competition. Although the title itself was intimidating, I really wanted
to challenge myself. Besides, the Languages Award seemed to accommodate
for my love for languages without making a degree in it a prerequisite for an
application, so I knew I could not miss this opportunity. The prospect of
networking with fellow language enthusiasts and EU professionals as early as
the Assessment Day stage also had its say in prompting me to apply; not to
mention the opportunity to visit Brussels, the ultimate destination for lawyers
and linguists alike.
Embarking onto the application process had its tough
moments, however. The elaborate six stages I had to go through, varying from
interviews, through essay writing, to psychometric tests (definitely as
terrifying as they sound), were really designed to seep out the best
candidates. So much so that by the time I reached the Assessment Day stage, I
knew just how tough a competition the people I met during it would be. They
were smart, ambitious, and coming from a plethora of educational backgrounds,
and they also made for a great conversation. The Assessment day was probably
the best stage of the application process precisely because I got to interact
with these incredible individuals, some of whom I now call my friends.
The highlight of the competition was unquestionably
the East Wintergarden dinner at Canary Wharf, however entering this outstanding
venue, I was incredibly flattered by the effort that was put into the event and
impressed by TARGETjob's remarkable attention to detail. Having Fiona Bruce
as our host for the evening was the cherry on top of the cake. After a few
lovely conversations, several delicious courses, and a couple of Fiona’s
stories, it was time to announce the winners. Hearing each winner’s bio's before the time for the Languages Award came, I felt both extremely delighted
and privileged to join their ranks once my name was announced.
Today, almost a month after the event in Canary Wharf,
I still have not managed to shake off the excitement from it. With my trip to
Brussels yet to happen, I am in constant conversation with a number of EU
professionals, who are going above and beyond their duties to accommodate for
my interests when it comes to visiting the city and its institutions. A month
on and I cannot help but think about how lucky I am for getting this
recognition simply for immersing myself into doing something I love.
Congratulations Aysel and to all the other finalists!