Tracy Davnall

BA German and Sociology

Summary: Read about Tracy's decision to choose Leeds and find out her top-tips for new students. She also talks about her year abroad as a Language Assistant in Nuremberg, Germany.


Why did you decide to study here?

Leeds was one of the few universities that offered my Joint Honours combination so I was attracted to Leeds straight away. My departments, German and Sociology, had great reputations, as did the Student Union and the city of Leeds. I quickly found that there is a lot to love about Leeds.

What are your top-tips for new students?

Get involved with as much as you can from the start! The Student Union has a range of clubs and societies available so join any that you are interested in. Go out with your new house and course mates so that you get to know everyone, the nights out are a really good ice breaker! Make the most of Fresher's Week too. There is loads going on and it is a great introduction to Leeds.

Where did you spend your year abroad?

I worked as a Language Assistant in Nuremberg, Germany.

What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?

I enjoyed travelling around Germany and Europe in my spare time and I really made the most of it by visiting as many cities as I could.  The highlights from travelling were the Carnival in Cologne , inter-railing in Italy and visiting Prague, Vienna, Salzburg and Munich.

What's the best thing about Leeds University?

The Union! It is one of the biggest and the best in the country.

What's the best thing about your course?

The German department is just the right size so there is a friendly and inclusive atmosphere in seminars. This means that everyone gets a chance to talk and we can go into depth with the discussions.

What university clubs and societies are you a member of?

I am a member of quite a few societies: Duke of Edinburgh Society, German Society and Sign Language Society.

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

Shoop! This is a soul night that the Union put on and they hold a Motown club night which is free and amazing!