Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
My name is Ileyas Mogeh. I am 20 years old and a second year Politics student. I come from London, but before that I was originally born in Somalia and lived there till I was 12 yrs old. Currently, I am a Student Sustainability Architect for the University’s Sustainability Service, working to embed sustainability into the student community. I am also the course representative for level 2 Politics and the Library representative for Polis.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you choose Leeds?
Having lived in a country where tribal politics is the norm, I found the differences between the political system of the UK and my homeland of Somalia interesting and thus decided to pursue studying Politics. I previously studied A level politics and enjoyed that which also played a part in my decision to choose this programme of study.
What do you think of your course? Have there been any particular highlights for you?
I am enjoying my course so far as you get to apply what you’ve learned in the course to current political affairs, which is always interesting because you have a thorough knowledge of what is happening around you, globally, nationally and locally. There aren’t particular highlights as I enjoyed everything so far.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
The staff are always willing to help you out if you need any help with the material or preparing for your assessments. They also give good feedback on how to further improve your work, which is great.
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
The University has many sophisticated facilities, particuarly the libraries. This makes getting on with your studies much easier.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
I am currently involved in starting up a new society at LUU, called True Democracy.
I also have a part time job at the University’s Sustainability Service as a Student Sustainability Architect. This year I ran in the NUS elections and got elected as the delegate to NUS’ Black Students Conference.