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Catching up with... Yara Karram

When were you at Kingston and what did you study?

Yara KarramI was at Kingston from 2007 until 2010, where I studied law with business.

Why did you choose Kingston?

I'd heard about the brilliant reputation of Kingston Law School from people around the world, which was definitely what first attracted me. Then, when I came to visit, I was so impressed with the beautiful university buildings, the friendly staff, the atmosphere and the town itself.

What do you remember about your time at Kingston? In three words.

Work, play, determination

Have you been back since graduation? If so when and what for?

Yes I come back a lot. Many of my friends whom I met at Kingston still live in the area, so I visit them quite often.  I also came back recently to attend the Law School's 50th anniversary event, which was a wonderful celebration and great seeing so many familiar faces.

Recently I was also invited to take part in a video for the Kingston Business & Law School ‘Rising Stars' campaign, which profiles the lives of the school's alumni. I was very honoured and proud to be asked to take part – you can see the video here!

Are you still in touch with anyone from your Kingston days?

Yes, of course, I'm still in touch with many of my friends from university. The ones I studied with, shared dorms with, and even a few I met randomly on the streets!

What did you expect to do after graduating? Are you still doing that now?

I expected to have completed my Master of Laws (LLM) in commercial Law, which I have, and I'm delighted to now be working at the international tax services department of Ernst and Young.

What's your greatest achievement?

Completing the LLM at such an early age and working for a great accountancy firm.

What advice would you give to your 18-year-old self?

Work hard, but play hard too - it's so important to find the right balance.

What last made you laugh?

Mmm, I can't remember! Lots of things make me laugh, probably something on the TV.

What's your ideal weekend?

Reading, watching TV and going to the beach.

You are to live out your final days on a desert island...

Who would you take with you and why? (one person only)

I would take my family – I couldn't choose just one person!

What book would you take and why?

Biographies! Obama's biography (among others), is a real source of inspiration for me.

Tell us something we would never guess about you?

I'm very emotional - and not as strong as everyone else thinks.

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