Alexandra Brown

BA English Language and Literature

Summary: Alexandra talks about her top-tips for new students at Leeds, her plans for her year abroad in Canada and why the flexibility of her course is so important to her.


Why did you decide to study here?

When applying to university, for me, the most important thing was the course, as English curriculums vary all over the country.  Leeds offered me a really diverse, flexible degree which I could mould depending on my interests and strengths.  After the course, it was the ambience of the city centre that appealed to me the most - it was lively but friendly, busy but exciting and I could not wait to get to know it better.

What are your top-tips for new students?

I would advise new students to socialise as much as possible in their first semester as the people who surround them during this period turn out to be significant figures for the rest of their degree.  New students should take their first year a step at a time as it can get quite overwhelming to start with, academically and emotionally; university isn't always the party that people can make it out to be and new students should not be afraid to admit this at times.  Something else that was important for me as a fresher was to make sure I had a social life as well as an academic one so I would advise to go out and try new things, experience new places to ensure you feel like you have a life in Leeds outside of your degree.

Where are you spending your year abroad?

I have applied to spend a year abroad in Canada. I am most looking forward to the fantastic life experience that it will provide me with to aid me in my future career and to create some lasting memories.

What do you particularly like about Leeds?

The best thing about Leeds University, in my opinion, is its sense of community.  When you walk around campus and the students' union, you really feel like part of something, as opposed to just being one of thousands of students. 

What's the best thing about your course?

The best thing about my course is its flexibility and diversity.  I have been able to tailor my degree this year to suit my strengths in literature and my interests in certain topics and historical periods.

What University clubs and societies are you a member of?

I am a member of the English Society and I make full use of the sports facilities and exercise classes several times a week at university.

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

One of my favourite things to do in Leeds is to walk down Briggate in the city centre during the weekend because it is always so animated with different street performers and shoppers.  I love having the knowledge of Leeds to direct people where to go when asked.