Taiba

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What did you study at school and college?

For my A-Levels, I studied English Language and Literature, Religious Studies and Psychology.

What has been your favourite part of the course so far?

I have enjoyed studying modules which are a cross between the Arabic side and Politics, e.g Middle Eastern Politics.

What can you tell me about the Study Abroad placement year? 

I was fortunate enough to travel to Morocco for my year abroad, and it was a very beneficial experience! Not only did my level of Arabic advance, but my interpersonal skills matured. My time away helped me achieve a great sense of independence and personal growth. The people I met helped shaped my understanding of different cultures, and it was a learning experience to live in an environment so different from home. All in all, I’m grateful that I had such an opportunity and I highly recommend it.

What are your career aspirations and how will your degree help you get there?

I have always wanted to go into education, specifically lecturing. With that being said- I have been exposed to different career opportunities which I didn’t know was possible. I’ve realised that my joint honours course, can be used in a variety of different fields. More importantly, the skills that you acquire from studying in two different University schools, increases your understanding of different career routes, broadening the horizons.

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

When I visited for the open day, I knew instantly that Leeds was perfect for me. I loved that it was super student friendly, and that there was something for everyone. The University were quick to respond when I was applying, and talking to previous students at the open day gave me the confidence that Leeds would be most suitable for me. I’ve never regretted it since!

How is studying at university different to school and college?

University is really where your independence kicks in. You are not compelled to be at University, so people’s attitudes to education is very different. You are able to create your own schedule, and you have the freedom to structure your ‘out of study hours’ as you wish. The lecturers at university tend to be professionals at their subject, and have often produced their own work which is studied in classes as well. Finally, there are a plethora of resources that you can choose from, to help with your learning.

What have you found most challenging about University?

Battling procrastination! There are days when you are required to be in lectures for only an hour in a day, and you’re expected to use the rest of your day for independent learning. I have come to realise that truly that time should be dedicated to studying. I’ve left important things for last minute, which was awful. I’ve had to learn to become more organised, and on top of my work because if you don’t, it will continue to pile and at some point it will need to be done- sooner rather than later!

What are your top tips when applying for University? 

I would recommend people to discover what their interests and passions are firstly. Then I would say to do your research properly for different universities, as well as different course combinations. For example, I knew I was interested in politics and I wanted to do a language. When I was researching into different courses, I found Arabic and Politics which was perfect for me. You never know what you might stumble on to, which might just be your ideal course.