The first time I came to the University of Leeds was as part of an internship I did in 2013 at the School of Music. I was a Musicology and Arts Management student from Germany and luckily, my home university has an Erasmus+ agreement with the University of Leeds, which gave me the opportunity to return to Leeds to complete a semester studying Musicology. My studies at the School of Music enriched my Leeds experience even more as I had the chance to participate in new and exciting modules such as Film Music, which I couldnt do at my home university. The other students and lecturers were all incredibly supportive and made me feel part of the course.
After all the positive experiences I made during the Erasmus term, I felt confident enough to apply for a Masters degree. I got great support from all staff and fellow students and as I had already written essays in English and as communication became a proper routine, I couldnt wait to come back to Leeds again.
I found the vibrancy of Leeds inspiring, as I grew up in the countryside. I loved all the possibilities that being in a big city offered. There were great places on campus where I met students who were in the same boat as me. The openness, kindness and hospitality of everyone I met made it a lot easier to get involved with things. Nearly every day of term I was at the Leeds University Union: its based on campus and provides cafés, shops and organised activities. Through the Union, I ended up involved with activities I never thought I would be. A favourite was archery and Scottish Dancing alongside Italian and Chinese friends from my English Language classes it was so much fun!
My time in Leeds was special thanks to many different factors. As I lived in the student-friendly area of Headingley, I joined the church choir of St Michaels and All Angels. There I could experience how it is to be part of an English church choir and to learn music I have only read about before I came to England. As the School of Music and the University also have a great variety of music ensembles, bands, orchestras and choirs, I was lucky to be in a Project Choir at the School of Music. It was wonderful for me to partake in not just the theoretical, but also practical side of Englands long choral tradition. I felt how deeply music can connect people and deepen friendships, regardless of who you are or where you come from.
This year I got a job as an assistant to the head of the museum Beethoven-Haus in Bonn which is Ludwig van Beethovens birthplace! Having had real working experience in England combined with a long-term development in English language was a great advantage within the application process.
I am very grateful for all the experiences, all I have learnt and all the friends and tutors I have met on the way over the last two years who were just wonderful and always supportive. They have made my time so very special and I already look forward to coming back to visit my English home again!