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August 2021

Benedicta smiles into the camera in front of a white background.

Benedicta Brefo

LLM International Law 2019

1. Tell us about yourself

My name is Benedicta Brefo, and I am Ghanaian. After completing my Masters in International Law at ARU in 2019, I started up my aspiring career as women and youth advocate, motivational speaker and writer. Alongside this, I am also studying in Manchester, at the University of Law, for my MA Law course which I’m hopeful will lead to my career as an International Lawyer.

2. What is your fondest memory of Anglia Ruskin University?

My fondest memory was spending time with my tutors who helped me plan towards my career. They helped direct the path I should take, and gave me the room to share my ideas with them, advising me on what to do and what not to do.

3. What has been your favourite job?

My favourite job has been working as an online broadcaster discussing women’s issues. My work on my Facebook page offers me a platform in which I can share my message to the world, and one day, I’m hoping to be offered the opportunity of working on a public platform such as CNN or the BBC.

4. In one word, how would you describe Anglia Ruskin University?

A career-starter.

5. How did your time at ARU help you?

My time at ARU really helped guide me into becoming who I am today. Always remember to ask for help when you are in need.

6. What did you love about your chosen course?

As part of my course, we delved into Legal Research Methods which was my favourite due the deliverance by the tutor. It led me to explore my thinking capacity, something which I hadn’t thought about until we started this module, and for me, it was all down to how the tutor handled the course.

7. What advice would you give to current students as they’re preparing to graduate?

Well, this remind me of the words the Vice Chancellor shared with me on my graduation day, which I have continued to live by, and that is “A certificate is just a piece of paper that cannot sell you out to the world. It is your efforts that will make this happen.”

8. What do you know now that you wish you had known whilst studying?

I wish I had known to start my career earlier, whilst I was studying.

9. Who was the biggest influence on your career?

Dr Aldo Zammit Borda - a Senior Lecturer at ARU.

10. What advice would you give your younger self?

Keep fighting for the best that you have never thought of.

11. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.

Although I talk a lot and do love to talk, people often see me as a very quiet person!

12. What’s next?

Next on my mind is to get myself recognised across the world!