Mi-Ni Chen

Hello friends! My name is Mini and I am currently studying abroad at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. At Leeds I have just completed my 2nd year in Management with Marketing under Leeds University Business School (LUBS). Next year (2020) I will be returning to Leeds to complete my 3rd year though! Here’s some of information on my personal background and experience. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to learn more of my years in Leeds.

Before arriving in the UK, I attended Taipei European School (TES) in Taiwan where I completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme for high school. I first heard of the University of Leeds from my university counsellors and friends at TES. Having talked to a University of Leeds representative and online research, I selected Leeds as my first choice for three main reasons: 1) Larger campus with greater variety of facilities 2) Discovery modules, placement and study abroad opportunities 3) Valuable networking opportunities and connections with diverse organisations.

From an academic perspective, the Management with Marketing course provides a well-balanced perspective into the world of business. In addition to the business school being triple accredited, Leeds is also ranked 1st in Marketing in the Russell Group.

However, beyond academics what’s made my past two years in Leeds amazing has been the extracurricular activities and the extraordinary people that I have met. My experience in Leeds so far has been an exhilarating journey where I have been engaged in a series of activities such as taking on the responsibility of a Link to Leeds ambassador and the president role for the Taiwanese society in 2017/18.

In my first year I lived in Central Village (CV) and later moved to Sky Plaza (SP) for my second year. Both university provided and private accommodation have been enjoyable experiences throughout my two years in Leeds. Living in CV allowed me to meet one of my close friends in Leeds as we were lucky enough to be flat mates. Whether it was getting KFC takeout, movie nights or sharing stories throughout the week, these activities made my days in Leeds so much more interesting. SP on the other hand, allowed me to walk to city centre in less than 5 minutes which encouraged me to explore even more of Leeds’ vibrant city. Furthermore, living right behind Morrisons (supermarket) made it far more convenient to buy groceries to make home cooked meals. These little things were really what helped make Leeds feel like a home away from home.

One of my goals in Leeds is to visit all the different cafés in Leeds since there are endless options to spend the afternoon or mornings enjoying a steaming cup of coffee and meal. LS6 and Olive & Rye are by far my favourite cafes. I also frequently study in Café Nero next to City Side and Central Village as the interior design creates an exceptional atmosphere that helps me concentrate. Kirkgate market also has a great range of vendors selling all kinds of food, even including things like biltong (South African Beef Jerky).

Personally, I see Leeds as the ideal place for university as it is a perfect city for a balanced student life as you have a good mixture of academic support, student activities, and city excursions. Moreover, everything is pretty much reachable by walking distance.

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