- Course: BA Ancient History and History
What was it about the Ancient History and History course that made you want to study in Leeds?
The nature of a joint honours degree was ideal for me, it allowed me to study a topic I was less familiar with, Ancient History, whilst being able to continue doing what I was passionate about, History. In fact, this is part of the reason why I was drawn to Leeds, as my other options were based solely on Ancient History. Considering I wanted the best of both worlds, Leeds seemed like the obvious choice for me.
What made me consider it further was the familiarity I felt being here, as I’m from a town just outside Leeds, and that I would be comforted in knowing the layout of the land. This helped me in a lot of ways, I found it easier to make friends because people relied on me to know where we were!
What do you enjoy the most about your course?
The most enjoyable aspect of my course was the wide variety of modules that I could choose from, especially in 2nd year, deciding which one piqued my interest or what suited me the best. Also, the support and guidance of the lecturers and their commitment to students during this time is admirable and they have made this as enjoyable as possible.
Considering I do a joint honours course, it does have a degree of challenge as it will mean you’ll be juggling two courses at once; although, the school does offer a lot of support.
What other activities are available for students to take part in outside of their studies (e.g. societies), and which ones have you tried out yourself?
Each course does have a society which is a great way to meet likeminded people yet outside of your course there is a variety of societies, from sports to gaming and many more! I’ve personally tried out both the Classics and History society, (Ancient History belongs to the classics department) and I’m currently contemplating joining football.
Considering other activities, the Old Bar on campus and many bars around Leeds do hold quiz nights! They’re always fun to join, especially with a new group of friends to maybe help break the ice, and there’s always prizes for the winners so that’s enough motivation!
Did you take a work placement or study abroad year? If so, how did you find this experience and what have you gained from it?
Not yet, I am planning on studying abroad next year. Although, I am working through the application process right now. They are offering ample advice, guidance and great information on studying abroad; ranging from how to apply, to deciding which destination is right for you, to guidance on financing.
How have you found the transition to online learning in more recent times? Has the School been supportive with this?
In my opinion, everyone I have been in contact with from the school has been exceptional, my lecturers have been supportive and understanding towards any of our struggles and problems. The fact that we’re all in the same boat bridges the gap between the students and the school that the transition to online learning had left. Although it is quite saddening that I can’t speak to my course friends in the same way, most of my lecturers have created discussion boards to perhaps supplement what we’ve lost in that respect. Overall, I have been very happy with my online classes, as the content and support has been excellent!
What would you say to those who have applied to your course and are awaiting exam results?
Exams may be a while away so just have fun and then to enjoy your summer. When you finally get to university my tip is to socialise as much as humanely possible, give almost everything you can a go and broaden your horizons! Good luck to you all!