Jie Wey Kong

Hey there!

My name is Jie Wey Kong from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Before coming to Leeds, I completed my IGCSE in Cempaka International School and my A levels in Methodist College Kuala Lumpur. I am a 3rd year student studying Marts BA Music and Music Psychology and I was once an Undergraduate School Representative for the School of Music in the academic year of 2020/21.

Making University of Leeds as my firm choice is one of the best choices I’ve ever made. Let aside knowing University of Leeds is part of the Russell Group of leading universities in the UK and is among the top 100 universities in the QS World University Ranking 2021, it is the one and only university in the UK offering music psychology as an undergraduate course.

I decided to pursue Music Psychology because of the huge music passion in me and also the enthusiasm of psychology as a subject. I am also interested in understanding how music effects listeners’ emotions. My course takes place in the University’s School of Music and it is the one-and-only in the UK offering Music Psychology as an Integrated Masters course. One of the perks being a music student here is the well-equipped facilities we get to enjoy. In 2017, the School was awarded the prestigious All-Steinway status where all pianos in the School are from Steinway & Sons, which has been known in making the finest pianos in the world. Other than that, there are also a wide range of music equipment dedicated for students use in assignments or music productions. Fun fact: The School is also the Principal Partner for the Leeds International Piano Competition, one of the grand classical music competition in the world, takes place every three years in Leeds.

One of the best things about the University is their facilities. They have everything you need! There are 4 main libraries located in the University for the students to assess as well as some 24 hours computer clusters for late night studies. I like to stare outside the windows while taking a break from my studies, thus Edward Boyle Library is always my go-to place as the view outside the library is splendid especially during sunset. Not only the libraries, the Leeds University Union (LUU) also amazed me with things they provide to assist your living, from groceries shopping at COOP to getting a part-time job at Joblink. There are over 300 clubs and societies in LUU to choose from based on your own interest. There’s always something for everyone! I am the Secretary for the LUU Music Impact in the Community (LUUMIC) society this year and I am enjoying my time here. LUUMIC is a volunteering society where we bring music and joy into schools, care homes and community groups, encouraging social interaction and boosting confidence for different social groups.

I first came to Leeds with low expectations knowing it will not be as happening as other cities. However, Leeds has proven me wrong. Leeds is a city which is not too bustling or too dull. It is the ideal place for study, social and leisure. Though Leeds is a small city, it does includes all the necessities we need from groceries to entertainments. The University’s Get Out Get Active (GOGA) team often organize trips to Leeds country sides and places away from Leeds for students to explore the hidden gems in the UK. Further on, Leeds city often organizes interesting events too. One of the events which I will not forget is the Leeds Light Night 2019. It is a night which illumination light shows were put up and beautiful light sculptures lightened up all over Leeds city center. It is a good night to have a good photoshoot!

I stayed in Central Village (CV) during my 1st year and moved out to a private accommodation near Blenheim Walk for my 2nd and 3rd year. CV is one of the popular self-catered student accommodation in University of Leeds as it is right at the campus doorstep and near to the city center. I had five wonderful flat mates from different nationality who we sometimes spent a movie night or a dinner at the kitchen together. I really do enjoyed the times living with them.

Feel free to get in touch with me if you want to know more about Leeds! Looking forward to chat with you!