Rebecca Shogunle

Law student Rebecca Shogunle is inspired by others’ dedication to making a difference

Rebecca Shogunle was on the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust’s Career Pathways Programme, run in partnership with the London office of global law firm Stephenson Harwood.  Now 18 years old, Rebecca is in her first year studying law at Canterbury Christ Church University in Kent.

  • What advice would you give to someone aged 13-18 to help them succeed?

I’d say to live your live authentically and to be honest with yourself, whether that’s in your academic life or your personal life.  But most importantly, I think we all need to learn to love ourselves and to be kind to ourselves too.

  • How can people make a difference on Stephen Lawrence Day this year?

A simple act of kindness goes a long way.  One act of kindness would be to remember people who are less fortunate than yourself and give back as much as possible. It doesn’t have to be money, it could be giving to a food bank, or something as simple as putting a rainbow in your window to cheer up passers by.

  • Who inspires you and why?

Jane Bolín, who was the first black Judge in the US in New York City, inspires me.  I am inspired by her resilience and dedication to making a difference and breaking barriers for black women like myself.