Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
Hello, my name is Chichi and I am originally from South-West London. I entered the University of Leeds through its widening participation scheme – I completed the Social Science foundation year under the School of Sociology.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
I’ve always had an interest in politics and society. I wanted to study an essay-based course (I’m really good at writing) and I wanted to study Politics as a joint honours degree, so studying Politics and Sociology seemed like the perfect combination.
I chose Leeds because I really like the city and I love the university. The university has a campus feel but it’s in a city so I really wanted that experience. Plus, I wanted to become more independent and experience life outside of London.
What do you think of your course? Have there been any particular highlights for you?
I really love my course! Choosing to study Politics and Sociology (with an integrated Social Science foundation year) at the University of Leeds was one of the best decisions I made. I feel as though I have learned so much, and I feel as though my mind has opened up a lot more as a result of the course. I’ve always been the type of person to challenge and question the world around me, so studying Sociology as part of my degree programme was almost like the final piece in the puzzle, so to speak. Studying the course has enabled me to think critically and analytically, and these skills are so important in the working world and in life.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
I feel supported by the staff under the School of Sociology. I know that if I have any issues with my course or my modules I feel able to approach the staff. When I was studying on the Social Science foundation year course I received a lot of guidance on various topics such as how to write a good essay, how to research and how to reference properly, and those skills have come in very useful for my degree programme.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
The facilities at the University of Leeds are fantastic. I love the new look of the refurbished social sciences department, and there are a number of libraries and study areas across campus (including the new Laidlaw Library). The Student Union is the best place to be for activities, clubs and societies. One of the reasons why I came to the University of Leeds is because I was aware that the union has over 300 clubs and societies, so there are so many interests and passions to pursue and choose from.
How have you found your time as a Leeds Loves Ambassador?
I have really enjoyed the role. I entered university through widening participation and I think it’s very important to have outreach programmes that allow for this, so I feel glad to be a part of a programme that does that. I love studying at the University of Leeds so I enjoy the Ambassador role because I get to represent the university.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc? How have these enhanced your experience at the university?
I am part of the Lippy No Gloss society, which runs the alternative-women’s magazine Lippy No Gloss, so I write for the magazine on a regular basis. Also I have gained work experience and skills through running a blog, freelance writing, holding down various jobs and interning during the summer of 2015. I definitely feel as though these activities have enhanced my experience at university because I have been able to pursue my passion for writing and I now know what I want to do for a career, so I have been building up my portfolio.