Jennifer Chen

Leeds International Summer School is my first study abroad experience. Going through the list of partner universities that were available to me, it became apparent to me that the courses on offer at Leeds were the most relevant to my interests. I wanted to make my time abroad enjoyable and at the same time a time for self-improvement and growth. I had no doubt in my mind that I would stick to studying Introduction to Special Effects in Filmmaking and Introduction to Digital Photography, and I am glad I did.

I particularly enjoyed the Introduction to Special Effects in Filmmaking module, by the end of which we produced a mini-portfolio of work. The field trip to the UK MediaCity was very interactive and I had the chance to ‘co-host’ a breakfast show with some classmates. This is quite a special memento of my time studying this two-week module.

The LISS programme had taught me so much more about myself beyond my role as a student. The month spent in a communal and collaborative environment has made me more aware of my independence, and at the same time the benefits of living in a tight-knitted community. Through my travels I had gone through the usual ups-and-downs, including briefly falling ill. The friends that I have made here in such a short amount of time had shown me how kind people are when it comes to helping their peers.

The programme also greatly enhanced my cooking skills. Nights after class were spent sharing food and discussing life with my new-found friends. These four weeks away from my usual surroundings at home made me aware of my own traits and what I would want out of my lifestyle in the future. My only advice to future LISS students is probably that I have none. Jump in head first, smile, and enjoy the ride!

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