Portrait of Aimen mahmood

Aimen Mahmood

Tell us a bit about yourself?

I was born in Denmark and moved to Pakistan when I was two, where I received most of my infant and primary school education until moving to England at eight.

As can be imagined, Pakistan and England are wildly different countries, with different cultures, and it took some time to get used to the change. Books, however, eased the transition greatly and weekly trips to the library were staples in my family.

How would you describe your experience of studying at Leeds?

Before college, my school arranged multiple trips to the University and I fell in love with it. However, my first open day, when I walked into the School of English foyer for the first time, solidified my decision. The vibe was thrilling. I fell in love with the School at first sight and knew this was where I wanted to be for the next three years.

The seminars have been the best part of the degree so far. I enjoy the lectures but seminars allow an interactive aspect into a very independent degree. Some very interesting conversations take place and the best part is that you’re surrounded by people who love what they’re doing as much as you.

The best memory I have of a seminar is when one of my tutors jumped up onto a table to perform a part of a play we were reading and when another of my tutors performed one of the most animated readings of a poem I have ever heard.

I have not disliked one moment of my degree, and most of the credit goes to the incredible teaching staff; the quality of teaching here is unparalleled. I have never met people who are more passionate about their careers and about imparting knowledge. Their passion becomes my passion every time.