Isobel Merrett

Isobel Merrett

BA Chinese and Spanish

Summary: Read Isobel's experience at Leeds here. She talks about her involvement with several student societies, why she chose to study at Leeds and her year abroad.

I looked at a selection of universities which offered Chinese and Spanish and the course that Leeds offered appealed to me the most. When I visited Leeds on an I loved the atmosphere around campus and got really excited about studying and living in Leeds.

University offers you plenty of opportunities to start something new and to meet new people so for students starting this year I would say try as many societies as you can! There is a fantastic range available and they are a really nice break from all the studying. During my 4 years at Leeds I have been a member of SLAPSOC (Spanish, Latin American and Portuguese Society), East Asian Film Society, Leeds University Choir, Badminton and Taekwondo.

One of the best things about Leeds is the support you get from the staff. I have found both the teaching staff and the office staff extremely helpful and I always feel comfortable when approaching them. The best thing about the course is the opportunity to study both at Leeds and at a prestigious university abroad. One of my favourite things to do in Leeds is The Park Run. It’s a 5km run that takes place every Saturday morning in Hyde Park. Everyone can attend, whether you are a student or not and there is a lot of camaraderie between runners so it is great fun. It is something I look forward to every week

As a joint honours student I spent a year in Beijing,China and a term in Leon, Spain, this is something unique to Leeds as other universities expect you to split your year abroad into two equal parts. I absolutely loved spending time abroad; it was such a great learning experience. Not only did my language skills improve massively but it also broadened my knowledge of another country’s culture. I met many fascinating people and visited incredible places too.