Student views: Israa Alzareg
- First year: Sociology BSc
- Nationality: Sudanese
How did you first get interested in Sociology?
I first became interested in the subject when I started noticing all the differences in cultural norms and values throughout the different countries I visited as a child; it was fascinating to see things that were completely alien to what I believed to be "the norm", thinking that values were universal. Eventually I reached a certain age when I understood that there are different cultures and people with different ways of life, and that's when I knew I wanted to study sociology.
Why did you choose to study Sociology at City?
I chose City because of the variety of module choices available in each year - the course covers a wide range of topics - and because it is one of the best universities in London. City is highly reputable, so getting a degree from it and taking it back to my country, I will be a valuable commodity for employers.
Was being in London an important factor in your decision?
Yes, I chose to study in London because my family is here and I preferred to study somewhere close by so I can be around them more often.
What's been your favourite topic or module so far?
Criminology: it studies the criminal mind and the causes of crime in society.
Any advice for someone considering your course?
If you're interested in questioning the world around you, or seeing it from a different perspective, then this is the course for you.
City's ambition is to be in the top 2% of universities in the world by 2016. What will you be doing in 2016?
I would like to go back to my country, Sudan, and try to study my own culture, finding out how it has changed throughout the years and how it's changing now; figure out ways to educate my people and enhance their awareness of themselves; and find ways to install confidence in those who've lost faith in their country.