I am Denis Shima, welcome to my first blog post. Let me start off with a little bit about myself. I am from Oxford, come from an ethnic Albanian background and study law at Brunel University. Currently I am on a placement year as part of my degree and I decided on doing a placement so that I could leave university with some experience under my belt. My hobbies are: boxing and karate, I like combat sports because it is all about self-improvement. In combat sports you learn one of two ways: the easy way (shadow boxing, pad work etc) or by getting smacked in the face either way I’m happy that I learnt something. However, the most important thing for me is that sports in general keeps you fit; not just physically but also mentally. Studying law can be stressful, I think my hairline has receded about 5cm since I started university and I can happily say that sport has stopped it from receding further. 

I decided to take part in the summer school trip to Amity university in India so that I could learn more about such a diverse country. Growing up in a diverse city such as Oxford allowed me to make friends with people from many different backgrounds. I have a lot of friends who are from either India or Pakistan and I know quite a bit about the two countries. So, I would like to broaden my knowledge on the country’s history from when the British ruled to present day India. One of the reasons that I chose to go to India was due to the potential business opportunities that India may have. I know that Tata motors owns Jaguar Land Rover here in the UK, but I also know that the owner of Tata Motors made his billions from steel production. Large corporations such as Virgin have also relocated their call centres to India. For me it is important to understand business culture around the world, as economies become more globalised, being adaptable is key to success. 

I do not really know what to expect from Amity University. I know that it will be completely different to Brunel University. Alcohol, smoking and meat are not allowed to be consumed on campus. This doesn’t really bother me as I am hoping to be really busy and make full use of the two weeks that I have in India. I may never get the chance to have an experience like this again, so I am going in with an open mind and a willingness to learn new things about a culture that is different to mine.