Emma Farrugia

Emma Farrugia

A legal head with a European heart

Emma Farrugia is a lawyer – and recent graduate – with a broad vision for the future of the European Union. The Erasmus programme has been instrumental for Emma to develop skills and abilities that she wouldn’t be able to find in the lecture theatre or in the courtroom.

My 5 months on ERASMUS have given me some of the best memories of my entire life.
Emma Farrugia,
aastat vana
Lawyer (civil and family law)
How has your experience as an adult been so far?

“When I graduated as a lawyer exactly a year ago, I had no idea what was next for me. I knew I would be practising as a lawyer, but with 6 years of studies at university, I never sat down to fully think about life after graduation. Like most new graduates, I felt as if I was back to square one.

As a student, I learned the legal principles that would form the foundation of my future profession and, more broadly, how to apply the law and think with a legal head. However, it was the skills I gained and developed during my internship and my involvement in civil and student activism that taught me how to be a lawyer. The skills required to be an adult are not found in PowerPoint presentations or in large intimidating course books, but in interactions and experiences. Adulthood, so far, has been a learning journey for me.”

What was your honest impression of the Erasmus programme before you joined?

“I never heard of ERASMUS until I went to university, but I vividly remember getting excited about the opportunity. I always enjoyed meeting new people and making international friends – it is refreshing to get to know people who come from different cultures. I am also quite independent, so the living and studying abroad was always something I hoped to do at least once in my life. 

Admittedly, there were challenges: the law course is very specific with its credits and the process didn’t come without some struggles, especially since it came in my 5th year of studies. However, I never had to think twice about submitting my application. I am grateful for the opportunity this incredible European programme offered me as my 5 months on ERASMUS have given me some of the best memories of my entire life.”

How does the Erasmus programme benefit young professionals?

“It gives young individuals from all over Europe, regardless of social, ethnic, religious or financial background, the same opportunities to develop their professional, academic and social skills. I do believe that there needs to be more information about ERASMUS, and that effort needs to be made to increase its quality and participation: many young people are not aware of the benefits and associate the programme with university exchanges. But it is much broader than that and the programme even offers opportunities for young professionals to apply for internships. 

The wonderful experience that ERASMUS and similar EU programmes offer are an enrichment to all young Europeans.”

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