Where are you now?
I’m in my 3rd year studying medicine at The Queen’s University of Belfast.
How, if at all, did the Empire help you get there?
Although the Empire didn’t help me getting there, it has certainly helped me develop my medical skills. Empire forces you to be instantaneous in your decision making. It makes you sharp on your feet. The high degree of skepticism and analysis that are essential in the courtroom, are easily transferable to the hospital ward. Many times when I’ve been under fire from a consultant (attending physician), I’ve relied on my courtroom wits to come up with an answer!
What’s your favourite Empire moment?
My favourite moment was when our team realised we had placed in the top ten of the competition. We came just to compete and have fun, thinking the American legal system was too different for us to be any good. So we had the craic (fun) in the trials, and I think it was that relaxed atmosphere that made us actually do really well in the courtroom. After riding on the high that our team was in the top ten, then it was announced that I was awarded one of the best attorney prizes, and Naomi was awarded 3rd best witness. This was entirely unexpected and a great honour, which reflected our hard work and the dedication of our fantastic teacher Miss Gregg. Despite the awards and accolades, the best bit was walking over the Brooklyn Bridge with the team as the sun set after the ceremony. We were in New York; we’d just ended our Mock Trial career on an amazing high; and we were loving life.
How would you describe empire to someone that has never been?
Intense, hilarious, very American, and the best experience of my secondary school career.