Summary: David shares his travelling experiences and his plans for when he has graduated.
Why did you decide to study here?
Leeds is a university with a solid reputation so I knew I would have a great academic experience here and the modern languages department has a wide range of courses available. Leeds is also a big place with lots of things goings on, both within the university and around the city in general.
What are your top-tips for new students?
Get involved with student life straight away! Clubs and societies are the best way to meet likeminded people and make new friends. Ive been a member of the Hiking club throughout university and have made some great friends through this. I wouldnt have met so many people if I hadn't got involved from day one.
What do you plan to do when you graduate?
Im going to Colombia to work as an English Language Assistant with the British Council for a year but after that, who knows?!
Where did you spend your year abroad?
I spent my year abroad in Santiago, Chile.
What did you do on your year abroad?
I worked as an English Language Assistant in a University as part of the British Council scheme. I worked for 8 months and spent time travelling around South America in the summer holidays and after my placement had finished.
What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?
The opportunity to go travelling was amazing. I travelled around Chile and Argentina in the summer holidays, taking part in lots of rafting and mountaineering in the Andes. After I'd finished my job I went travelling again for two months around Peru and Bolivia and visited Machu Picchu and cycled down the "Worlds Most Dangerous Road"!.
Travelling and working in a foreign environment has made me much more independent and has opened my eyes to a whole new world of possibilities for employment and future career prospects.
What's the best thing about Leeds University?
The fact that Leeds is a big university means there is generally a lot more going on in all aspects of university life. Whether its the impressive sports facilities, Student Union, or the extensive options that are available for your year abroad, Leeds offers you more of an experience! This means you get the most out of your degree and time spent as a student.
What's the best thing about your course?
The year abroad programme! Leeds has a flexible programme that gives students opportunities to study or work in a vast array of locations all over the world. This flexibility was one of my main reasons for coming to Leeds.
Give an example of one of your favourite things to do in Leeds.
After lectures on a Friday morning I spend the afternoon playing football for our house intra-mural team at the sports hall. This is followed by drinks in the Terrace in the Union and sometimes onto Fruity! I occasionally go away for the weekend with the Hiking club to various parts of the UK.
How is University different from 6th Form or College?
You have a lot more independence! This independence comes from organising your studies, deciding what new hobbies to take up and learning how to cook and look after yourself. University is all about growing up, making new friends and having a great time!