Victoria McKendrick-Ness

BA English and Spanish

Summary: Victoria explains how she spent her year abroad in Mexico and what attracted her to the English and Spanish course at Leeds.

Why did you decide to study here?
I decided to study at the University of Leeds as the first time I visited the university I was struck by its diversity, good facilities and cosmopolitan body of students. From all of the universities I had visited, the English and Spanish course at Leeds really stood out. This was due to the year abroad opportunity and the cultural events offered by the faculty. It felt like I would get more than just a degree from my time at Leeds. 

What are your top-tips for new students?
Firstly, explore the university and everything it has to offer. The union and its range of societies and activities are the biggest and best in the country. I'd also recommend taking the various library and study skills sessions that are offered as they introduce you to studying at a university really well.
It is a good idea to join the gym or a sports team too. It gives you something else to do and is another way of achieving a balance between academic work, socialising and participating in extra-curricular activities and societies. 

Where did you spend your year abroad?
I spent it in Guadalajara, Mexico.

What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?
I enjoyed living in a completely different culture: improving my Spanish language skills, meeting new people and being able to challenge myself.  As well as attending university, I volunteered at an orphanage and went travelling so I made sure that I made the most of my year abroad.

What's the best thing about Leeds University?
The student union and the variety of opportunities it offers. I am very happy with my course too: there is a wide variety of material covered including cultural studies, politics and literature.

What's the best thing about your course?
In English a large variety of topics and periods are covered within the modules.  The teaching is of a high standard and I like the discussions we have in seminars.  In Spanish the opportunity to spend a year abroad, especially in a country as exotic as Mexico, has to be the best thing about the course.

Give an example of one of your favourite things to do in Leeds.
Leeds is a vibrant city with lots to offer.  One of my favourite things to do is to go to the opera or theatre.  Just last week I went to see Cosi Fan Tutte at the Grand