Kellie Snowden

BA French and German

Summary: Kellie explains why Leeds felt 'right' after visiting on an open day and her favourtie things to do in Leeds.


Why did you decide to study here?
As soon as I visited the campus on an open day it just felt ‘right’ to me. I could picture myself studying here, living in the city and making friends here. Also, the French and German course really appealed to me due to the variety of module topics available and the option to spend a year and a half abroad.

What are your top-tips for new students?
Don’t shy away during the first few weeks; make an effort to get to know your flatmates and course mates, join a society and participate in their events and nights out. Just throw yourself into the student lifestyle but be aware of your limits and don’t get into any stupid or dangerous situations. If you are struggling or finding it difficult being away from home, talk to someone about it, don’t just hide away from your problems.

What do you plan to do when you graduate?
At the moment I’m thinking about taking a gap year and perhaps travelling around Australia. Eventually I think I would like to work in the media or be a teacher of modern languages.

Where did you spend your year abroad?
I will be taking my year abroad in a year’s time.

What's the best thing about Leeds University?
The student atmosphere – everyone is really friendly and comes from a variety of backgrounds. Despite there being so many students you can become extremely close knit with many people. The Student Union is fantastic as everything you could possibly need is in one place and they always put on amazing student nights. The profit goes straight back into the Union too.

What's the best thing about your course?
For me personally it’s being able to spend a year abroad in one of the countries where one of the languages I’m studying is spoken. This helps with improving my language skills and I know I’ll have a great time. 

In my German lectures and seminars there is a small group so it is really easy to make friends with everyone on the course. I get on really well with everyone and the lectures are really enthusiastic about the subject.

I also love the wide variety of modules to choose from along with study electives that are offered on my course. This is a fantastic opportunity which broadens my education.

Give an example of one of your favourite things to do in Leeds.
I love being in the city centre. The nightlife is great; there are always several big things happening on one night and it can be difficult to choose where to go! Also, as Leeds is a student city nights out aren’t too expensive. I love shopping, when I can afford to, as Leeds has a huge variety of stores to choose from!

How is University different from 6th Form or College?
It’s much more independent.  There are no parents or teachers nagging at you to do your homework or tidy your room; you have to learn to look after yourself.

It is also an escape from your normal world back home. I grew up in a small area of the UK where everyone knew everyone and the friends I made in Primary School were still with me in 6th Form. Coming to Leeds University got me out of my bubble and I learnt so much more about other people, other regions and different beliefs.