Freya Repospolo

Frea Repospolo

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

I think what made me want to apply to the Asia Pacific and International Relations course was the diversity of topics and optional modules available, but also because it allowed me to study two areas of fascination to me.

International Relations I thought would help me build my foundations of understanding the international system and the study of Asia Pacific would give me some form of specialism in the area. I thought the course was both a perfect combination of my interests and that it would complement each other well.

I also liked the fact that in the Asia Pacific Studies course you are not solely confined in studying the predominant three of Asian studies that being China, Japan and Korea but you also have lessons that explore the dynamic Southeast Asia region which is not heavily prevalent in other universities.

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

I think what makes me passionate about my area of study is my interest in other cultures and learning how their issues globally or locally differ and how it impacts us as well as the future.

My course discusses events and issues that are happening in real life, as well as cultures and mannerism for example and how they come to be and their importance.

It’s really interesting as you see these dots connecting, and since I myself love to travel its really fascinating to see what you’ve discussed in occurring or present in reality. It’s also really motivating as you can see yourself applying what you’ve learned in context and in discussing the issues with others and gaining their insight is really invigorating in getting you to think realistically but also creatively outside the box.

What aspects of the course do you enjoy the most? 

I think what I like about the course is that it allows me to see through multiple lenses to better understand the world, and I can contest theories and ideas with my teachers and course mates.

Likewise, I also like that the course has many optional modules from learning another language to doing research placement as a module for example. 

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 so many activities that students can take part in at Leeds from joining clubs and societies, to volunteering, to part time work at the union, or other academic opportunities such as the Leeds for life activities.

I myself have had experience with the Leeds United Nations Society, cultural societies such as the Filipino and Indonesia society to helping set up the Asia Pacific Studies Society.

I was also able to take part in the CodefirstGirl extracurricular course where I learned a bit of coding such as in the creation of a website. Likewise, I’d often join the meditation group at the Union which helped me relax outside my studies. There really are a lot of activities to get involved in outside of your studies, and you’ll always find something to do.