Manjunatha is from the small town of Gangavati in Karnataka, India. After graduating with a First Class degree in Law, he decided to pursue criminal justice. He's now a scholarship student here at the University of Strathclyde.
I grew up in Gangavati in Karnataka, a small rural town barely on the map and studying abroad was more than a dream for me. I was studying to become a lawyer when I reached a cross roads of giving up on my studies and struggling ahead.
One of the hardest parts of life is deciding whether to walk away or try harder.
I tried harder, and I know I made the right choice which I'll never regret. I graduated with a first class degree in Bachelors of Arts and Bachelors of Law from Karnataka State Law University in 2015. Then, after acknowledging my hard work in my undergraduate degree, the state government awarded me a scholarship to study abroad. It was a proud moment and a turning point in my academic journey. It was also the first breakthrough in my career. I'll always be grateful for the opportunities and experiences this gave me.
Coming to Strathclyde
Coming to a beautiful city like Glasgow, and joining the University of Strathclyde was an eyeopening and lifechanging experience. The city and the University have a lot to offer to everyone out here. Right from my application I was encouraged and supported when I most needed help.
Strathclyde also offers a range of scholarships which recognise students' strengths, aptitudes, and abilities.
Choosing an intricate subject like criminal justice was challenging for me but the University made it very interesting. They have an international outlook with countless opportunities for internships, presentations, moot courts and guest lectures. There are also seminars by experts, role play exercises and visits to local justice agencies designed to bring what we're learning to life.
The exchange of ideas, thoughts, concepts and ideologies between students on the course have definitely enhanced my understanding and critical thinking.
The opportunities within the faculty also played a significant role in shaping and preparing me for the competitive job market. While studying, I interned at the Miscarriages of Justice Organisation (MOJO) in Glasgow. It gave me the opportunity to analyse and understand theory, policies, and practices.
There are also plenty of part-time job opportunities for students which make it easier to manage finances while at university.
The University's Careers Service can help throughout the course and continue to support us even after we graduate.
Strathclyde offers everything it takes to become successful and to excel in our careers.
Glasgow is considered to be the world's friendliest city and it proved right for me in all aspects. The people here are very warm and welcoming making you feel at home.
Me and Strathclyde
I strongly believe that my experience at the University of Strathclyde has changed my perspective towards life, and the legal profession.
I'm grateful to my university for preparing and equipping me with the skills to serve society to the best of my ability. I wholeheartedly recommend the University of Strathclyde to all students who are looking forward to living their dreams.