Izzat Shamroukh

Palestine to Atlantic College, UK

"I come from a small refugee camp in Bethlehem, Palestine. I was very lucky to get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to be active rather than wait for my life to change, a chance to make a difference - to my own life and to those of my family and neighbours - by receiving a scholarship to come to the UK and start my education journey.

Throughout my time in Atlantic College I took part in Social Service, which helped me develop many key skills - leadership, organisation and teamwork. This gave me the opportunity to interact with people of different ages. I worked with both the elderly and children, as well as young adults with learning difficulties. I took this opportunity to share my luck in life with the local community and develop my voluntary work. Later on I was appointed leader for Amnesty International at the College.

I have undertaken a range of responsibilities that developed my leadership skills. During my time at AC I organized two street theatres, a letter writing campaign, and several fundraising events. These helped me develop skills in how to make decisions about Human Rights issues.

I have chosen to study PPE because it brings together some of the most important approaches to understanding the world around us. It will prepare me for a variety of future careers. I believe that Philosophy will develop my ability to explain and communicate difficult material, to think analytically, to write and speak clearly and most of all to have a deep sense of justice. Politics will broaden my perspective on the real world; it will help me make sense of that world and the decisions that control our lives. Economics will teach me how the world works, the impact decisions have on the world, and will teach me how to think rather than what to think.

I have just finished my second year of a PPE degree at the University of Essex and am spending the summer working as a Project Coordinator for a London relocating firm."