Vida Purushotham is an international student from India and is studying BSc Medical Science

Why did you choose the University of Leeds?

I chose the university of Leeds not only for it’s beautiful and extremely scenic campus, but also because it is a well ranked university with vibrant student life. I wanted to be in a student city, and Leeds ranks high on the charts for that. Our student’s union is also one of the best in the country, which only made me more inclined to enrol as a student here.

I originally applied for a BSc in Neuroscience, which I was accepted into as well. I later changed my mind to a BSc in Medical Sciences, and I think that it was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The medical sciences course here at Leeds gives me an option to take various modules across the faculty of biomedical sciences, which gives me a wider option of courses that I can apply for if I’d like to do a master’s degree

What do you enjoy about the course?

I enjoy various aspects about my course, but I think that I most enjoy the anatomy dissections in the medical lab. The human body has always fascinated me, and I feel extremely privileged to be able to see what we learn about in our lectures first-hand. Seeing as how I’m not studying medicine, I didn’t think I’d have a chance to interact with the cadavers, but it has been extremely informative experience that has helped me understand the theory portion of my course.

How have you found life in Leeds?

I love life in Leeds. It is an extremely vibrant city with lots of friendly people, and there’s something for everybody. I find the balance of culture, nightlife and tourist attractions extremely refreshing. The city is home to some stellar restaurants, fun clubs for a night out, beautiful parks and heritage buildings.

What has been the best aspect of studying at the university and why?

My life so far here at Leeds has been exciting in many ways but what I find best here at Leeds is the number of facilities available to the students. The number of societies that us as students can join continues to increase every year, not to mention the numerous programmes and classes that we can take at the Edge Sports Club.

The student’s union also has a lot of events and activities for the students, and the libraries are not only part of the architectural history of the town but also the source of any academic supplements that a student might need.

What aspects of your experience would you highlight to students thinking about coming to Leeds?

Leeds is best known for its student’s union and all round student life, and it doesn’t disappoint. Here at Leeds you will get a chance to make friends with people not only on your course but also other students under the same faculty. This not only gives you a chance to talk to other people about their course but also helps you to make clearer decisions about what you’d like to do after the degree and even which optional or discovery modules are suited to you.

The faculty also provides extra help resources should you need them, and more importantly a personal tutor with whom you can discuss any academic queries you might have. The Peer Assisted Study Scheme, or PASS is also a brilliant way to help you with your academic work, as sometimes it is easier to confide in other students who have been through similar experiences as you than academic staff.