David Horsfall is a 3rd year BA Geography and Politics student, and a member of the Student Ambassador team.
Please tell us a bit about yourself, and your background.
I am from Chesterfield and came straight to university after doing my A levels at school.
Why did you join the POLIS Student Ambassador team?
I've always had a passion for children and for education, so this scheme allowed me to combine this with my course and show school kids that university was a great place in which to learn more about the world around them and the decisions that affect their lives. The team leaders were welcoming and friendly and made it easy for me to join the team. Their enthusiasm and dedication was obvious.
Did you have anyone to talk to and support you before applying to university?
I had my form tutor at school and my family and friends. Both of these sets of people were of great help but I was also privileged to hear from a student who was at York University. He told me about the social side of university life and the opportunities that were available beyond merely studying.
What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?
Leeds was a really reputable university that offered a wide range of courses that interested me. It is a big university and a vibrant city, yet it seemed informal and approachable. I came on an open day and the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly, the staff were helpful and the information I was given has proved to be very accurate and easy to understand.
What do you think of your course so far. What aspects of the course have you enjoyed the most or are looking forward to the most?
I have enjoyed the seminars a lot and the chance to debate various different issues with people who have a variety of view points. I am looking forward to all my modules and what they might teach me about the world in which I live and how politics shapes that so drastically.
Is university really that different from school?
No. Obviously, there are no parents, and the tutors are more informal than my teachers were, but there is still room for school-styled friendships, practical jokes and enjoying the time when you don't have to work. There is more work, it is harder, but you get more time to complete it in.
What do you think of life on campus?
With so many different things going on, its hard to have a boring day. Anything that interests you, there's a group for it; if there isn't, you can set one up. So many varied people are around that campus life is an education when you leave the classroom as much as it is when you're studying.
What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies, and which ones have you tried out yourself?
Any sport you could want to try, playing musical instruments, drama, all types of dance, political party groups, debates, religious groups, environmental groups and groups for the appreciation of cheese. There's pretty much everything you could want.
What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to university?
Find a good course; find a good city; if you find both, then go for it. Don't go just because your friends are going or because you want to leave home, go because you have a passion for a subject and a desire to try new things and meet new people.
Any top tips before starting university?
Manage your money!
What do you plan to do once you've finished your course?
A Masters in Sustainability or a teaching course.