Rebecca Thompson

BA Italian and Spanish

Summary: Find out why Rebecca chose Leeds after an Open Day and how she plans to spend her year abroad.

Why did you decide to study here?

After attending the Open Day, I decided that I wanted to live and study at Leeds and this was mainly due to the passion showed by current students. They were not only interested in their degree subjects but also full of enthusiasm for their university life. The idea of studying at a university that is in the centre of a vibrant city which is full of interest also appealed to me.

My course was really attractive too as it gave you the chance to tailor your studies - I focused more on the language rather than on the cultural side, but you have plenty of other options.

What are your top-tips for new students?
Firstly, make the most of fresher’s week and all the opportunities which this week provides to make friends. I'd also suggest you consider creating a personal
schedule for yourself as it is very easy to waste time!

What do you plan to do when you graduate?

At the moment, the field of translation interests me greatly. However, I am aware of the many opportunities open to linguist graduates these days, so would like to keep my options open.

Where did you spend your year abroad?

I've just returned from my three month term abroad in León (Spain) where I studied Spanish and lived in university accommodation with two Spanish girls. Next year, I will be studying French, Portuguese and Linguistics at Siena University (Italy)

What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?

I found the experience of living in university accommodation unforgettable. Living with my Spanish friends allowed me to improve my Spanish every day!

What's the best thing about Leeds University?

The range of activities available. Being able to get involved in so many different things means you have a fantastic and extremely enjoyable experience on campus. You also only have a five minute walk into the city if you want to do something outside of the university.

What's the best thing about your course?

The fact that we can spend a year abroad and a term abroad. This makes Leeds stand out as not many universities offer this.

Give an example of one of your favourite things to do in Leeds.

When it's sunny, or between lectures, Hyde Park is always a great place to hang out with friends.

How is University different from 6th Form or College?

You have more freedom but there is more academic pressure. These are all things you learn to deal with -  so as long as you work at it, you’ll be successful.