Riski Muda Farsyah
Please tell us a bit about yourself, where you are from, your background etc?
I am from Indonesia and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in International Relations. I have previously worked freelance for an NGO working with environmental issues but was keen to learn further on issues relating to the environment and social development.
What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?
The range of modules provided is suitable for my interest, particularly in food security, agriculture and human development. The University's reputation in student diversity also became a factor for me in choosing prospective university.
What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?
It covers almost all social economic aspects and how they are inter-related to each other. My passion to engage and work in development in the future helped me find the motivation to learn more about my area of study.
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 like how the tutors encourage students in shaping critical thinking in every issue discussed. The inter-related modules are what I like the most since it helps me to improve my research skills by connecting every module together and helps me to be more critical in addressing certain issues and problems.
What would you say about the learning facilities in the School and at the University in general?
It is great how students in general rarely face obstacle in accessing learning facilities. I like how the seamless aspect of learning facilities work in keeping students to always be productive.
How do you find the student support in the School?
It is reassuring to find that the University sends emails to us concerning our self-development and well-being. The courses provided are helpful and are easy to access.
What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies, and which ones have you tried out yourself? (e.g. Clubs & Societies/activities in the School).
Activities available in the University cover all of interests. I occasionally join LUU Coffee Club & Society to socialise and discuss my interest in coffee brewing. I am also involved in the Indonesian society particularly for cultural activities.
What do you think about Leeds as a city?
Leeds provide me with vast opportunities to explore many aspects of it. I like how the city is diverse and big enough but at the same time create the feeling of being home from the very first day I arrived.
What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
I would highly recommend my course to anyone thinking of applying. The diversity of students is very helpful not only in social life, but also in providing opportunity to discuss almost anything with diverse minds and backgrounds.
What do you plan to do once you’ve finished your course? What are you career aspirations?
I have the passion to work for a developmental NGO or research institutions. I want to have a career that is directly involved in the developmental field: designing projects, formulating and/or assessing policies.