Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
I’m Crissy, I’m 21 and I’m from Buckinghamshire. I’m currently in my second year on Politics and Parliamentary Studies and in the process of sorting out my placement for next year. In my free time, I spend way too much time in the Union, you’ll often find me at Fruity!
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
As soon as I found this course on UCAS, I knew it was the one I wanted to study. While most degrees offer a placement year, it is very rare to find a politics course with one, especially one that offers the invaluable experience of working in Westminster alongside an MP.
I knew I wanted to go to a university that was on a campus within a city and I also really like the city of Leeds itself; it offers everything you could need yet it isn’t too daunting or busy. So all in all, it offered me everything that I was looking for.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
Academically, I’ve enjoyed second year more as I’ve had less compulsory modules this year and so have been able to choose to study more of the modules that interest me. Alongside studying a wide range of politics modules, I’ve enjoyed being able to study some discovery modules in other schools as well.
My favourite module so far has been Spin Doctors and Electioneering. I find the ever changing role of the media within politics fascinating and how it can dramatically influence public perception of both news and politicians.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
I’ve always found that my seminar tutors have been friendly and willing to help if I’ve ever had a question regarding my work.
My personal tutor (Cristina Leston-Bandeira) has been fabulous at helping me sort out my placement and has consistently provided me with support whenever I need it.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
In terms of academic facilities, the libraries are great. I had to use a local university library to get books for an essay that I was writing while I was at home over Christmas and it made me realise how good our libraries are.
As previously mentioned, I think the Union is brilliant as well. There is always something going on in the foyer whether it’s a pop-up shop or a company recruiting for grad schemes, it’s always worth popping in and there is always a fun event on in the Union the evening.
There is a fabulous range of societies to join here as well so you’ll definitely be able to find something you’re interested in. I’ve heard that the gym is good too (gyms are not for me).
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc.?
I’m a very active member of Leeds RAG (Raise and Give) and have really enjoyed being Communications Co-ordinator on the committee this year. I’m also leading the Skydive Challenge and the Peru Project. Last year, I took part in Jailbreak dressed as a banana which was one of the funniest and most challenging experiences of my life. I love how you can take part in some amazing experiences with RAG while raising money for worthy causes.
I’m also a member of Leeds Student Radio and currently I’m one of the presenters of the Breakfast Show on a Monday morning. Being part of LSR has been so much fun as I had always wanted to see what it was like being on the radio and I have definitely not been disappointed.