Sheng-Hsiang Lin

Hello! Before I coming to Leeds, I finished my bachelor degree in Economics at National Dong Hwa University, Taiwan. I had known about the University of Leeds before I planned to study my masters in the UK. Many Taiwanese students have graduated from the Leeds University Business School (LUBS) and the alumni network is large in Taiwan. I found out from this network that many of them gained interesting and rewarding jobs after graduation.

I have attended six weeks pre-sessional course for law. It was a quite intensive and helpful course, and everyone has to speak and discuss during the class. Thus, it enhanced the skill of speaking and the ability of critical thinking. The course content includes not only improving English academic level but also introducing the background of the common law system and the European Union law. For instance, we had studied two cases and analysed the sentences of the case judgment. This course promotes me more easily to enter the master programme courses. Furthermore, the handout offers useful sentences and verbs in terms of academic writing in the law field and disclosure markers as well. Last, the final assessment constitutes an essay with OSCOLA referencing and seminar examination.

One reason that I chose the University of Leeds is that the university is a member of the Russell Group. The universities of Russell Group own intensive-research sources and provide world-class teaching quality. I also referred to the ranking reports, such as The Guardian, Times Higher Education, etc. The ranking of the University of Leeds is in the top 100 of all universities in the world. On the other hand, the School of Law accepts students who come from different education or work backgrounds. Besides of above reasons, Leeds is a lovely and modern city in West Yorkshire and it is the largest legal and finance centre outside of London in England.

Throughout your journey, Leeds offers many activities (welcome week party, Halloween party) and clubs (swimming clubs or several sports clubs) on campus, and the Leeds University Union also holds one day tours near Leeds to visit natural, scenic locations at weekends. I attended these activities and met many friends who come from different countries.

The university has four libraries situated in the main campus. The thing I like the most about these libraries is that they contain many books (hundreds of thousands!), journals and online resources. It is easy to access the knowledge from the website or libraries. Besides, it provides elegant adjustable desks and chairs, which helps me feel more comfortable when I study and stay motivated and alert.

The University of Leeds provides a career centre for the students to shorten the gap between learning and working. In regard to the career centre, it has drop-in sessions every weekday during the term and one-to-one appointments which can be booked from the website. It helps students who want to improve their CVs or are unsure about their future career plans.

I was studying Economics in my bachelor degree and am now studying law. To be honest, I was worried about my courses before I come here. However, I found that the tutors and lecturers in my school always welcome us to ask them any questions related to my studying. Moreover, I think that the teaching methods are entirely different compared to my previous learning experiences. There are seminars, lectures and workshops in my courses, which depend on modules learning targets. This kind of learning not only helps me to adapt to the present changeable environment but trains personal critical thinking skills.

Furthermore, our school invited judges, lawyers and alumnus to give lectures from time to time. This provides excellent opportunities for me to understand and know the trend of the law industry. The most impressive event in this academic year is that it invited Baroness Hale – the President of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom to the university, she brought her stories and shared with us, and even gave students some suggestions for their future career and work life.

During my spare time, I am keen on travelling to different cities of the UK and other countries, which enriches my life experiences via exploring new cultures and local customs. In addition, I usually attend aerobic classes, work out and play squash in the Edge which offers over 200 classes per week and several squash courts in the gym. It allows me to keep fit and healthy through exercising.

The best thing about living in the city of Leeds is the amount of activities. If you do not like long journeys travelling, you can attend small scale international festivals which are held by Leeds City Council. For example, there is an Oktoberfest from Munich around October every year and many German markets in December from across the whole of Europe; similarly, it has a beer festival in front of the city town hall and a small German market in Millennium Square at the same time. You can enjoy the festival atmosphere in this city.

I am currently living in the Algernon Firth and it is a private student accommodation. The location of my housing is very convenient, being situated behind Leeds General Infirmity Hospital near the city centre, university campus and train station. It only takes 10 to 15 minutes to these places by foot. Furthermore, there are two types of room (ensuite and studio) you can choose the room type depending on your preference. My accommodation also provides a small gym in our building, it is really nice to have a place to strengthen my body and exercise after I study.

Please do send me an email should you have any questions.

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