A photograph of Harsheni

Harsheni S Maniarasan

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your background?

I am an avid reader and aspiring poet with a strong adoration for the arts and humanities. My hobbies include writing, doing yoga and visiting cute coffee shops. I am an international student from Malaysia and I have been staying in Leeds since the start of my undergraduate degree.

What made you want to apply to your course and to Leeds?

I am someone who truly enjoys delving into deeper questions and more complex issues, both of which Philosophy encompasses – I simply knew that this was the course I wanted to pursue. When researching universities, one of my most important criterion was the modules that were offered in the course. Leeds, by far, had the most extensive catalogue and almost all the modules intrigued me. I liked how the course was structured and upon reading more about Leeds and PRHS (my school), they really grew on me!

What is it that makes you passionate about your area of study?

As mentioned above, my love for learning more about complex and thought-provoking issues fuels my passion for my course. My area of study enables me to gain knowledge in various subjects of my interest and enhance my critical thinking skills. Philosophy has taught me to grow more receptive of different concepts and ideologies whilst understanding the world better.

What aspects of the course do you enjoy the most?

My favourite aspects of my course would be engaging in a vast scope of study material and researching for more material beyond as well. I particularly enjoy being able express my opinions on topics and argue them in my writings. My favourite field is metaphysics!

What would you say about the learning facilities in your School and at the University in general?

I find that the learning facilities are thoroughly designed and maintained and that they contribute well towards a conducive learning environment. The libraries are wonderful and there are also ample study spaces around campus, such as in the School building and the University Union Building, if we want some change every now and then!

Have you worked closely with a particular tutor or member or the University’s academic staff? Tell us about that experience.

As School Rep of PRHS, a huge part of my role involves working with the academic staff of my school. My experience thus far has been great – I appreciate being able to work with a group of dedicated and passionate individuals who work hard towards the growth of PRHS. I have been able to gain valuable knowledge through working closely with them.

What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies, and which ones have you tried out yourself?

The University almost always has events lined up throughout the academic year – they range from fun social events to more serious events such as ones related to our future paths. Some of my favourites which I attended were the University’s very own ‘Christmas Market’ as well as a few charity sale events.

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?

I plan to either secure a job or pursue an internship once I’ve graduated to gain some real-life work experience. I then intend to work towards a Master’s degree!
My time in Leeds has enabled me to gain and develop an array of skills and valuable knowledge, such as academic, interpersonal skills and a responsible work ethic. I grew more familiar with balancing different tasks and have become a more mature individual.

What would you say to anyone thinking of applying to your course?

I would most definitely recommend doing so as I genuinely enjoy my course and I feel it has offered me a holistic experience filled with new ideas, broad perspectives and a refined understanding of many topics.