Betsy Cheng (Wing Tai)
- Course: MA Music and BA Music Psychology
- Year of graduation: 2023
- Nationality: Chinese - HKSAR
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Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
Hello I am Betsy and I am from Hong Kong. I will be completing the last year of my degree in the 22/23 academic year. I have been studying in the UK since 2017 and I think Leeds is a very comfortable city with both contemporary and historical qualities. I play piano and flute.
What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?
I wished to become a music therapist and I think the programme has been really helpful to build up my knowledge. Leeds was my first choice due to the quality of the Music Psychology programme. The university location is also very attractive as it is located in the city centre.
What aspects of the course do you enjoy the most?
My course mates and tutors are very enthusiastic to help and are all very kind to international students. Within my course, I have had the opportunity to conduct experiments and run different projects which was very new to me.
What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies, and which ones have you tried out yourself?
There are over 300 clubs and societies at University of Leeds, from sports to leisure to cultural.
I have been a member of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association since my first year. My role currently is the head of the events department. I run different events with my teams, for example the New Year Gala, which attracted many locals as well. It has enriched my experience on running events and also enhanced my communication skills, particularly with those I don’t already know.
What do you plan to do when you’ve finished your course, and how do you think the skills and knowledge you’ve developed so far at Leeds will help with these plans?
After I graduate, I would like to become a music psychologist or therapist. The skills I am developing are very helpful as the modules all link to different topics that relate to music psychology and therapy, which has enriched my knowledge and understanding.
What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?
My course covers a variety of topics that are very interesting and will be incredibly useful for your future career prospects.