Sophie Jueterboch

Sophie Jueterboch

BA English and Japanese

Summary: Sophie studies Japanese and English and shares her experiences of studying a Joint Honours degree at Leeds. She tells us about the societies she is a member of and how she spends her spare time.

Leeds offered the language I wanted to study (Japanese) as a Joint Honours option which is exactly what I wanted as I didn’t want to be limited with the subjects I studied. Also the modules for my partner subject sounded very appealing and I knew I would get to explore a wide range of topics/issues.

My top tip for new students is I would say don’t worry about anything before you start your new life at University. It is an exciting time so just enjoy it. Don’t fall into the “peer pressure” trap. It is important to socialise but if you don’t want to go out and drink, then don’t. There are so many other things to do in Leeds, including, the cinema, comedy nights, the theatre and eating in great restaurants.

I spent my year abroad at Konan University in Kobe, Japan. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to be immersed in the culture of the language I am studying. It provided me with a whole new level and depth of understanding of the language.

The best thing about the University of Leeds is definitely the many different opportunities it offers. This includes study opportunities, like the wide range of modules available and the year abroad programme, the societies that are available and the city of Leeds itself.

On my course all of my tutors and lecturers are caring and tremendously helpful. They have helped me a lot over the past year and I know there will always be someone there to offer advice when I need it.

I am a member of the Union Socities the Theatre Group and LUUMS- Chorus. I also love to explore and enjoy walking through the parks in and around Leeds. It is good to get out when we have some sun.