Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background.
Despite being born in Newcastle to British parents I grew up in Portugal, Greece and then Spain. I had never actually lived in the UK until I came to study at Leeds.
What motivated you to apply to study your chosen course and why did you chose Leeds?
I could not decide between doing criminology or sociology when I eventually realised that Law combined the two and would provide me with a solid foundation for the future.
I was obviously apprehensive about moving to the UK to study and so I flew back to Leeds for the open day to see whether it was right for me. I loved the fact that the University had such a vibrant campus feel to it as well as being walking distance from the city centre, this was not the case at most other universities where the campus was quite remote and far out. The Students' Union was the biggest and best I had seen by far and the variety of societies on offer was unrivalled. A really welcoming faculty and engaging lecture convinced me that Law was the degree that I would enjoy the most and after sampling all there was to do in Leeds I knew I would fit right in.
What do you think of your course, have there been any particular highlights for you?
Law is undeniably a difficult degree and you are expected to put quite a lot of work in. However I have been involved with a variety of different extra-curricular activities and have still had more than enough free time, it is all about finding that balance. I particularly enjoyed criminal law in my first year and the best thing about the course is that as you move on to your second and third year you can tailor the degree towards your personal interests. For example in my second year I took a module in French Language.
How would you describe the help and guidance provided by the staff within the School?
The staff within the Law School are always there to greet you with a smile or provide any help or guidance that you need. None of my friends in other departments have got to know their lecturers and seminar leaders as well as I have and they always tell me how lucky I am. They always show their faces at the non-academic law events that are held such as Laws Got Talent where our Head of School even got up to dance on stage!
How would you describe the facilities at the University?
The facilities here are second to none and are constantly being upgraded to improve the student experience. Our Student’s Union is so big that even in my 3rd year here I still cannot find my way around it.
Have you been involved in extra-curricular activities, such as societies, summer placements etc?
- - Social Excursion Secretary for Leeds Law Society 2016/2017. This involved organising a trip to Budapest for over 50 students.
- - Took part in Leeds Rag Jailbreak 2016 and managed to blag free flights to Tenerife and won! My partner and I raised over £600 for Age UK.
- - Model in Leeds Rag Fashion Show 2016 and 2017.