Hollie Deste

BA French

Summary: Hollie reveals the best thing about Leeds University, tells us her favourite things to do in Leeds and gives her top-tips for new students.

Why did you decide to study here?

I wanted to live and study at a University in a large city but I also really wanted a campus university at the same time. A campus university was attractive to me as I felt it created a sense of community and enabled you to meet more people. Leeds offered me all of this because it has the city centre on its doorstep yet the University buildings are grouped together. In terms of my course there was more flexibility with the French course at Leeds and I looked forward to having the opportunity to decide what I wanted to study.

What are your top-tips for new students?

Try new things!! I know this sounds clichéd but it is the best advice I can give to new students. University is one of the only places where so many opportunities are made available to you and are easily accessible. ‘Give it a Go’ sessions at the beginning of each year allow students to sample various activities for free! They are a great way of meeting new people from all over the University and are really good fun. Even if you don’t decide to join the clubs afterwards, it is nice to be able to recognise people as you walk around campus. Time at uni goes really quickly so don’t spend all of your first year saying “I’ll join something tomorrow!”

What's the best thing about Leeds University?

The Union! I have yet to visit any other university which has come close to rivalling our Union. It is the social hub of uni life and has everything you could possibly need, like shops, a supermarket, cafes and bars. There is always something going on at night and it is a great place to meet up with friends during the day.

What's the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course is the diversity of the modules on offer and the courses flexibility. This flexibility has allowed me to chose my topics and within French culture I have enjoyed the history and politics modules- it‘s not just about learning the French language!

What university clubs and societies are you a member of?

I am a member of the French society and the dance society.

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

When the weather is good I go down to Woodhouse Moor Park with my friends and spend the day there. At the end of term everyone goes to the park and there is always a festival atmosphere. Fireworks night in the park is also an amazing night and it’s free!