I believe that much of the inspiration towards what I now study came from my early educational experiences. My first school was a very multi-cultural environment in which I made many friends from locations across the world, Argentina, Malawi and South Korea are but a few.
Since this time my curiosity for what else lies out in the world past our own national borders has grown. This curiosity only intensified further after I finished my high school education, when I decided to take a gap year to work and travel. I visited many countries on my travels but the experiences that I had in South African and Botswana were for me, the most memorable.
During my time in South Africa I visited a medium-scale developmental project that two of my friends had been volunteering at for the past year where they helped provide support to less advantaged children, often from broken families. The smiles and enthusiasm that these children were in abundance of was testament to the impact of this organization and how essential developmental practices are to overcoming disparities of all sorts in the less economically developed world.
With all of this taken into consideration, I found the course in International Development at Leeds a very attractive opportunity to pursue. The potential to spend six months studying abroad, especially in a country such as Ghana was a major factor that contributed to my decision to study in Leeds. Additionally, the reputation of the University of Leeds and Leeds as a city also drew me as I had heard good things about both from many people.
There have been many engaging and intellectually stimulating aspects to my studies in Leeds up till this current point. In particular, modules in globalization and development practice have been especially interesting. I believe that the combination of studying development and international relations merges rather well in some parts and that the content of each compliments the other, which makes for a very dynamic degree to study.
Why I chose study abroad
I decided to spend the second semester of my second year at the University of Ghana for several reasons. Much of my inspiration had come from previous experiences but the staff at the University of Leeds only encouraged this. The prospect of studying abroad was made more appealing after talking through the benefits of such an experience with staff and students that had formerly participated in the program. After this I had no doubt left in my mind that studying in Ghana was the right thing to do. The difference in culture, system of education and lifestyle in general was just too attractive an opportunity to let pass.