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Georgina Lark

BSc Mathematics

Why did you choose to study Mathematics?

Mathematics is one of the only subjects where I have felt challenged and this became more enjoyable and fulfilling as I progressed through school into A levels. I couldn’t imagine not studying it at a higher level and this decision was made easier by the promising graduate prospects a mathematics degree would give me.

What attracted you to the University of Leeds?

I felt very welcome at the university when I visited on one of the open days. I liked the fact it was a campus university meaning everything was close and it was only a 10 minute walk from the city centre too.

Did you visit us on an open day? Did you find the open day helpful in making your decision?

Yes. Everyone I spoke to on the open day (students and staff) felt very happy to be there, especially as they were helping prospective students make their decision. 

What do you enjoy the most about your course?

I enjoy being a part of the School of Mathematics. Most of the staff offices are based here and many students spend their study time in the communal areas so it easy to have group study sessions between lectures and tutorials. The lecturers are friendly and more than happy to help students whenever it is needed making the School of Mathematics a warm and inviting place to be.

How would you describe student life at Leeds?

Life as a student in Leeds is exactly what I was expecting from living in a city. There is an endless amount of things to do and this is not just limited to clubs and bars in the city. The university itself offers many opportunities to learn and explore new things and places and a lot of this is done through the societies.

Are you involved in any clubs or societies?

In first year I joined the Table Tennis and Mountaineering societies. With mountaineering I was able to explore the local (and not so local) climbing centres which allowed me to see more of Leeds. With table tennis I joined the university team as soon as I had the chance and was able to compete and represent the university. In second year I joined the Kayaking society and became the president of the Table Tennis society which has essentially given me a year’s worth of work experience which has improved my graduate prospects greatly and if I could do it again I would. I highly recommend joining at least one society during your time at Leeds! 

What is Leeds as a city like?

Having grown up in a town I was worried that Leeds would be overwhelming. Having explored the city and its outskirts I found that there were similarities and from knowing the area well now it doesn’t feel that big at all. I currently live in Headingley which is popular with students and is also close to places like Meanwood and Kirkstall which have scenic areas to go for walks or runs if I’m ever feeling stressed.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of applying to the School of Mathematics?

To get as involved as you can within the School of Mathematics. I am currently a student ambassador and this has allowed me to encourage prospective students to follow a degree in mathematics. This has also helped me with my public speaking and communication skills.

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment I am unsure where my mathematics degree will take me, but I know it will give me a good range of careers to go into. For example, I have just secured an engineering placement at Vauxhall. The university has an excellent careers centre so I hope to utilise this more as I move into my third year and start applying for graduate jobs.