Summary: Rachel studied for her undergrad degree here before returning a couple of years later to complete her MA. She was drawn by the reputation of the Centre for Translation Studies and love for languages.
I did my BA at Leeds in French with Greek Civilisation and absolutely loved it. After I graduated I lived in Italy for a year before coming back to Leeds to do my MA. I had wanted to study conference interpreting for quite a while and Leeds was one of the most reputable courses in the UK in this field. Having already studied for my BA at Leeds I was happy to discover it was one of the few places that offered a masters in conference interpreting.
I have always loved languages and I’m passionate about communicating with people. I wanted to be able to work in an international context where the job I did really made a difference.
On the course we had trainers from the EU which was invaluable and the groups were small so we got a lot of individual feedback. The facilities in general at Leeds are very good too. The course is tough and a lot of work but if you’re committed then it can be really interesting and open a lot of doors. I would recommend it but definitely not for the faint-hearted!
I was a member of loads of societies, especially as an undergrad. I really enjoyed doing dance classes in the Union and taking part in the dance shows. I also set up a language cafe which is still running – it was a great way to meet people from all over and practise languages in a relaxed setting.
Leeds is a great city for students! There are plenty of places to go out as well as lots of cafes and bars. Everyone tends to live in the same area so it’s like a little student community.
Having graduated in 2013, I’m currently doing a translation internship at the European Parliament which is great and I plan to continue building up my translation and interpreting experience. I’m not sure where I’ll end up but there are a lot of opportunities to explore!