Corina Gunawidjaja

Hello!

My name is Corina and I’m currently in my second year studying BA Digital Media at the University of Leeds. Before coming to Leeds, I completed my International Baccalaureate Diploma in Jakarta, Indonesia.

I first heard about the university from my high school teacher who told me about its position as a Russell Group University and decided to pursue it after seeing its high ranking for my course along with the social and cultural aspects the city has to offer.

Before I left for Leeds, I remember feeling nervous and scared as I had never lived on my own before, let alone in a new country where I didn’t know anyone. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the warm welcome I received from the university. Their ‘International Welcome Week’ provided me with a lot of opportunities to socialise and familiarise myself not only with the university but the city as well.

I’ve been at university for over a year now and I have to say that it has been a fantastic experience. My course offers both the theoretical and practical aspects of studying media. It allows me to develop a wide range of technical and practical skills from graphic design, web programming, filming, and animation while also learning about the social and cultural aspects of digital media and its future development. Additionally, the staff at the School of Media and Communications are extremely friendly and approachable. They are always happy to help if we ever encounter any difficulties, whether it be technical problems during workshops, difficulties in completing an assignment, or general support throughout the semester.

The best thing about the University of Leeds is that it offers over 300 different societies, which allows us to explore a wide range of interests outside of our course. There’s always something for everyone here to enjoy. The university also offers a lot of support for its large community of international students, which eases the process of settling in when first moving to Leeds in September. Currently, I am a part of the Indonesian society, where I get to meet other students from and interested in Indonesia while promoting our culture to others. I also recently joined the Backstage society and the Mind Matters society in my second year.

I am currently living with a few friends in a private accommodation located near both the city centre and the university, which is convenient for those early morning classes. Leeds is a great city to live in, especially for students. There’s plenty of things to see and do, from its many shopping malls and restaurants, thriving nightlife, and an array of cultural hotspots. My personal favourite places in the city are either Bakery 164 or Bernie’s Diner, both are delightful spots to eat and hang out located in front of the Parkinson steps. If I’m not too busy studying, I’ll probably be exploring nature in the West Yorkshire area or trying out the many coffee shops in Leeds.

Get in touch and ask me anything!