Sebastian Hare

BA English and Spanish

Summary: I was immediately attracted by Leeds' fantastic reputation and particularly of the highly rated English and Spanish departments.

Overview

Why did you decide to study here?
I was attracted to Leeds for a number of reasons both academic and social. When applying for universities, I had always wanted to go to a major university, with a diverse student population and in or near to a big, vibrant city. Leeds fulfilled these requirements perfectly. It is a place where you can develop a range of interests, meet a great mix of people whilst having all of the benefits of living in one of the UK's principal cities.

From an academic point of view, I was immediately attracted by Leeds' fantastic reputation and particularly of the highly rated English and Spanish departments. The Spanish department, with its links to the on-campus Instituto Cervantes was a particular pull.

What are your top-tips for new students?
My number one tip would be to get involved! There are loads of opportunities offered by the University, and the city, as a whole. Get involved in things you haven't tried before, such as volunteering in the local community to integrate into the city, not exclusively with the student population. This is a great way to develop your CV whilst being able to meet new people and make a positive impact in Leeds.

Where did you spend your year abroad?
I spent my year as a British Council Assistant, teaching English in Soria, Spain.

What did you enjoy most about the year abroad?
My year abroad was probably the most enjoyable and rewarding year of my life. It was a fantastic opportunity to learn about a different culture by living in the country as well as making some great friends. From a professional point of view, I learnt a variety of invaluable skills as a teacher to really give me the edge when looking for employment. 

What's the best thing about Leeds University?
The people, and particularly the vibrancy of its student population. There really is something for everyone, regardless of your interests. 

What's the best thing about your course?
I think it is learning skills that I can put into practice in everyday life. In learning a language in particular, I have been given the opportunity to engage with cultures different from my own, helped by the excellent support of my Spanish Department.

What university clubs and societies are you a member of?
I have been involved with RAG, when I hitch-hiked to Morocco. I have also been part of the Spanish, Latin American and Portuguese Society (SLAPSOC), when I was a contributor to their magazine. I also took part in a rock climbing course in my second year.

What is one of your favourite things to do in Leeds.
Leeds has a great live music scene and one of my favourite things to do is to get together with friends of similar interests to go to gigs of any size. From huge arena concerts, to dingy rock clubs and laid-back jazz, Leeds has got it all!