Jake – BA Geography with Transport Studies

Jake is currently a third year student studying BA Geography with Transport Studies in the Faculty of Environment.

Why did you choose your degree?

Geography is such a wide reaching subject in terms of content that it never gets boring, and I have had an interest in all things Transport from a young age. I especially enjoyed going on holidays and adventures as a young child that involved bus rides, train rides and flying! I still love to travel today, and as I discovered through using the public transport on a recent holiday in Prague, an affordable, reliable and interconnected system can bring huge economic and social benefits to urban areas. This is what fascinates me about studying Transport.

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

In 2nd year, I am looking to gain work experience by choosing a Year in Industry. I would be interested in working in government, or with children as I care deeply about social mobility and closing the opportunity gap.

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

The course lays very close to my interests, but I was aware that Leeds is a very vibrant city for students. I have to say I was also impressed with the campus when I first toured it, I love the mix of architecture that the campus has.

How is studying at university different to school and college?

You are not restricted to one specific learning environment and you become more independent in a variety of ways. In my experience, you are given much more freedom in terms of how you approach assignments. Not only this, finding the right balance between work and fun can take some time and imagination.

Have you been involved in any extra-curricular activities?

Leeds has given me opportunities that I am eternally grateful for. I am a student mentor for IntoUniviersity, a charity that works closely with children from disadvantaged backgrounds and encourages them to aim high and apply for university. I am also on the committee of the HOMED society, a society that works with homeless people in hostels and delivers packages of essential supplies to those unfortunate enough to be living on the streets.

What are your experiences of accommodation at university?

Accommodation is a great way to make friends and try new things. I lost count at how many different meals were made by me and my flatmates for the first time. They didn’t always turn out great, but we always had a good laugh and learnt a lot along the way.

Where do you see yourself after university?

The opportunities presented by university have helped me realize how much I enjoy working with young people. Therefore, I am definitely considering a career in education, potentially working in the not for profit sector. I have been interested in politics for a number of years, and my course has a number of political elements that have interested me such as foreign relations. As a result I would not rule out a career in the Civil Service at this stage.

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

A massive learning curve in the most positive way possible.