Sarah Smith

BA French

Summary: Sarah shares her experience of her year abroad and explains why the Otley run is one of her favourite things to do in Leeds.


Why did you decide to study here?
I decided to come to Leeds as I wanted a campus university and to be in a big city. Both categories are filled by Leeds perfectly. I came to the open day and just fell in love with the university itself and the city. My course, French, sounded really interesting with the staff and students willing to chat on the day and there was loads going on. I felt perfectly at home right from the moment I arrived and haven’t looked back since.

What are your top-tips for new students?
I'd advise new students to get involved with as many aspects of university life as they can. There is so much on offer here including campus events or 'get togethers' arranged by our societies . I'd also recommend new students make an effort to meet people on their course. Even if it’s a huge course, as mine is, you realise how important it is to have friends who study the same subject as you, when you progress through the years. 

Where did you spend your year abroad?
I spent my year abroad in a small town in the north west of France, near Nantes, as a teaching assistant.

What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?
When I went out to France I took a car with me and every weekend I explored different areas of France. I either went on my own or with other assistants I had met. Having this freedom abroad was great because I managed to explore a lot of places that I wouldn’t usually have seen.

What's the best thing about Leeds University?
Leeds University is so diverse and has something to suit everyone; I cannot imagine anyone who would not be able to enjoy their time here. For me one of the best things has to be the Union and the fantastic range of events, activities, clubs and societies they have available. This was a real selling point to me when I came on the open day.

What's the best thing about your course?
There is such a variety of modules available that you are never stuck for choice and the teachers are really enthusiastic!

What university clubs and societies are you a member of?
I am a member of the French Society and the sign language society which is something I probably never would have got involved with had I not been here.

Give an example of one of your favourite things to do in Leeds.
You cannot help but love a good Otley Run. What is better than getting dressed up with your friends and having a few drinks?