Amandine – BA Geography

Amandine is currently a second year BA Geography student in the Faculty of Environment.

Why did you choose your degree?

I chose BA Geography to get the opportunity to study the relationship between people and the environment in this ever-changing world. Geography looks at countless broad topics of everyday life which encompass various other subjects including Politics, Sociology, Economics and many more, developing key skills which opens me up to countless opportunities after university.

What have you found most challenging about university?

The change to online teaching because of COVID-19 was challenging, adapting to new ways of learning and meeting course mates. However, it’s normal to be anxious about new teaching methods and the university always provided us with help and support.

Have you chosen/completed a Study Abroad or Industry Placement year?

I am applying for an Industry Placement year. The idea of working in a company and putting the transferable skills of my course to the test is exciting, getting to work with companies in roles that could lead to future opportunities.

Why did you choose to study at the University of Leeds?

The University and its facilities, the union and societies impressed me on my first tour, and I could really see myself studying there since it was so welcoming. But, it was the city that sold me – it has so much to offer with so many different opportunities and activities available, it’s impossible to run out of things to do, while meeting some really great people.

How is studying at university different to school and college?

Studying at university requires much more independence which does allow you a lot of freedom. With a lot of independent work, organisation is key to keep on top of time management. I don’t think I was quite prepared for how much reading came with the course, though now I’ve noted how much it helps with essay writing!

What are your top tips for applying for University?

I would recommend speaking to the students from the course at the universities you are interested in. They are the ones who will give you the best idea of where and what you may want to study. Looking back at my stressed younger self applying to university I would want to tell myself that where you end up will not matter as much as the experience, friends, and people you meet along the way.

Where do you see yourself after university?

Although I’m not too sure where or what I want to do yet, Human Geography has given me a range of transferable skills which opens a lot of doors to different sectors

Sum up your university experience (so far!) in one sentence!

Academically stimulating and an explosive burst of fun and joy, making it an unforgettable experience!