Michaela Mcdonough

My favorite module at the University of Leeds was Women, Culture and Islam because of the style of the class and discussion involved throughout the lecture. My professor discussed interesting topics and opened the content up for discussion amongst the class, making it very engaging.

I was studying within the School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science. I was given the opportunity to delve into the study of Islam as well as cultural studies and musical theory.

On campus my favourite aspect was the integration of activities for the students studying abroad. There were constant events for exchange students so I was able to meet students from all around the world. On campus, I absolutely loved Café Nero in the Laidlaw library because it was a great place to unwind with friends after studies. I also loved the common room within my residence hall because it was a great social area for everyone living in Ellerslie Global Residence.

While in Leeds I visited Kirkstall Abbey with some of my flat mates. It was really interesting and a beautiful sight that was also free! Leeds is a great city populated by so many university students. The surrounding area was filled with people from all over the world. My favorite social activity ended up being hanging out with friends in my residence hall in the common room. This led to games and gatherings with people from all over the world discussing different cultures and countries. After getting to know the city of Leeds I was then able to branch out to other countries to travel to.

While abroad, I was able to travel within the UK. I visited London, Harrogate and Liverpool,. I even saw the white cliffs of Dover! Outside of England I travelled to Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow. I also was able to travel around Europe visiting the following countries: Spain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Vatican City, Belgium, Austria, Czech Republic, Netherlands, and Monaco. Some of the major cities I visited included Barcelona, Paris, Munich, Lucerne, Pisa, Florence, Rome, Venice, Vienna, Prague, Amsterdam, and Brussels.

Making friends from all over the world proved extremely valuable as I ended up staying at the homes of friends I had made while at the University of Leeds.

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