Helen Powell

BA English and French

Summary: Find out which societies Helen is a member of and what top tips she has for new students.

Why did you decide to study here?

After reading about my course, English and French, I found it interesting and enjoyed meeting the lecturers at Open Day. I liked the look of the union and the city (both have lots of things to do!) and all the staff and students I met throughout the Open Day seemed really friendly and genuine. Leeds just seemed like the place to be!

What are your top-tips for new students?

Join clubs and societies, including your departmental societies, to make new friends. If you’re not sure whether you want to join a society, try it out at a give it a go session – they’re often free. Give it a go also offers cheap trips to places like Edinburgh, so you can take advantage of those!

Where did you spend your year abroad?

I spent a year in France (in a town on the Swiss border) teaching in a high school as a language assistant.

What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?

I enjoyed experiencing a new culture and meeting new friends. I mixed with loads of people and did things I never thought I’d try. I surprised myself with the things I got involved with but knew I would never get this opportunity again so didn’t want to miss out. I have some fantastic memories and lifelong friends from the year.

What's the best thing about Leeds University?

The campus- all together in the same part of the city, not like at some other universities where buildings are scattered around.  This means it is quick and easy to get from one lecture to another. The campus is lively and there is always something to get involved with.

What's the best thing about your course?

The range of modules available is fantastic and there are some really interesting subjects to study. In my second year I did a module about fairytales and a creative writing module!

What university clubs and societies are you a member of?

I’m a member of the French and English societies and Leeds Action. At the moment I’m also looking to join either the street dance or the kickboxing societies, to keep fit!