Summary: Emily tells us about her history internship and why she chose Leeds.
I come from the West Midlands and I have a keen interest in drama and music and have been involved in different choirs, orchestras and youth theatres for years. I became a trainee tutor at Stage2 Youth Theatre and was also the Head of the Marketing Committee where I gained valuable work experience. In terms of A Levels, I did English Literature, History, Government and Politics and Critical Thinking A2 and also Religious Studies: Philosophy and Ethics at AS Level.
I decided to apply for this degree as I am especially interested in the interdisciplinary overlap between English and History; consequently I could not conceive of doing my undergraduate degree without doing both these subjects. One attraction of Leeds is that it has such a strong selection of Joint Honours degrees. I was also very impressed by the range of modules and areas of expertise in both of my degree subjects. Finally what 'sealed the deal' was my visit on an open day: I instantly felt at home.
I have really enjoyed my time at Leeds so far; the library resources are excellent and I am really pleased with my personal tutor who has been incredibly supportive. I have also been impressed by the range of opportunities that the University has presented from careers events to open lectures to societies to internship opportunities.
I think the University has excellent facilities; the library resources are diverse and interesting, there are many computer clusters and my lectures and seminars have been stimulating and challenging.
The School of History is a highly organised school and not only delivers excellent teaching but also works to make its students well rounded individuals through offering work experience opportunities and offering a wide range of work experience based modules.
Outside of studying
I am now a general committee member of Leeds RockSoc, I am a member of Leeds RAG society (I took part in the Jailbreak hitch and got to Munich!) I was involved in Devonshire Hall's choir, took part in its Halloween drama and also was a Lighting Operator for Devonshire's Bugsy Malone. I am also a member of Leeds Gothic Society. I enjoy swimming at the Edge in my spare time.
I also am the candidate for the Undergraduate Research Scholarship for the School of English.
I have had experience in peer mentoring both at Stage2 and at school and I felt that I would be able to bring some new ideas to the scheme. I also have had experience of running events and saw induction week as a perfect way of building on the skills I already had. Furthermore I had been impressed by the School of History's organisational capacity throughout the year and I really wanted to help contribute to the workings of the school.
My internship will mainly involve coordinating and running the induction process for all the new History Students coming to Leeds. However at the same time I will be helping to run the School of History's Mentor Scheme to provide both practical and pastoral support to the new students.
I am really looking forward to changing the way the Peer Mentor scheme will work; changing it will be a challenge and I relish a challenge!